August Evening Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2008
Loren has an ethereal presence that is, at the same time, indomitable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stan Hall
Oregonian
October 31, 2008
Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
Eska's tale of a woman's unconditional support of her father-in-law is told with a faux-poetic sensibility that never really connects with his characters' lives.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 10, 2008
This quiet, contemplative gem of a film paints a painfully accurate portrait of familial love, loss, and healing-by-degrees among the migrant communities bordering San Antonio.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
September 29, 2008
(Pedro) Castaneda, the male lead in Chris Eska's mesmerizing debut feature August Evening, has the kind of natural, hypnotic screen presence that cannot be taught.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 26, 2008
August Evening creates a complete world, with all of its practical limitations and emotional possibilities, for Jaime and Lupe to hunt for their place in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 17, 2008
Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 15, 2008
A mature move for a debuting filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 13, 2008
A shooting star of a movie with awesome beauty in its characters, in the natural world, and in the cycles of creation and destruction depicted in the emotionally affecting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 5, 2008
Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 5, 2008
Castaneda [star]...gives a towering, Robert Duvall-style performance as a granitic man in late middle age whose internal world of pain and love and knowledge occasionally flickers to the surface.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2008
The story sometimes moves at a crawl, but always the filmmaker follows the pair with unobtrusive attentiveness to conflicting cultural and generational pulls.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 5, 2008
As the movie inches along, its virtues turn into faults. Its elliptical style leaves unanswered questions, the pace begins to feel choppy, and the lyrical pauses become a recurrent tic.
| Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 4, 2008
Rich in atmosphere and family values.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sam Adams
AV Club
September 4, 2008
Although its plot has its share of melodramatic twists and tearful revelations, August Evening focuses on the moments between, the mundane interactions that make up a life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Land
Time Out
September 4, 2008
August Evening succeeds as both intimate human drama and a probing exploration of the nature of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 3, 2008
[Director] Eska manages to superimpose downtrodden personalities on an authentic setting, making it a compelling exercise in atmospheric storytelling.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 3, 2008
Perhaps Eska didn't have to write all of his characters into overlapping crossroads of crisis, but he's more nuanced than overt, and his cast (especially Loren and the nonprofessional Castaneda) sells it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 3, 2008
August Evening is infinitely more absorbing and entertaining than we had any right to expect from such simple and undemanding creatures.
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