Evening (2007)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed, but decidedly dull, Evening is a collossal waste of a talented cast.

Movie Info

"Evening" is a deeply emotional film that illuminates the timeless love which binds mother and daughter--seen through the prism of one mother's life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close. Overcome by the power of memory, Ann Lord reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters: Constance, a contented wife and mother, and Nina, a restless single woman. Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other. But who is this … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some thematic elements, sexual material, a brief accident scene and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Cunningham, Susan Minot
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Box Office: $12.4M
Focus Features - Official Site


as Ann Grant

as Nina Mars

as Ann Grant Lord

as Harris Arden

as Buddy Wittenborn

as Constance Haverford

as Young Lila Wittenbor...

as Mrs. Brown

as Lila Wittenborn

as Mrs. Wittenborn

as Mr. Wittenborn

as Ralph Haverford

as Lizzie Tull

as Peach Howze

as Carl Ross

as Deaver Ross

as Phil Mars

as Great Aunt Roo

as Constance Age 4

as Nina Age 4
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Critic Reviews for Evening

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (42)

The film disintegrates into an indulgent succession of intense, fawning exchanges that overwhelm Minot's thin and monotonous tale.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Given its stellar cast -- including Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close -- and source material, it's hard not to think it should be better.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009

Antiseptic bourgeois swank

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

What's the difference between slasher films and chick flicks? In slasher films they suffer less, and they die quicker. Evening, bless its banal heart, is a chick flick in all its fatuous glory.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Frankly I could watch Danes, Collette, Streep, Close, Richardson, etc., as they go food shopping, which just goes to show what a bunch of great actors can do for a fairly conventional tear-jerker.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007

Strong cast is best part of tragic romantic drama.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Evening

On her deathbed and filled with regret, a woman recalls a brief romance with a doctor while her daughters contemplate their lives.
Though the film is slow in places, I found it profound and profoundly moving. Ultimately, it supports domestic life, but it does so by denouncing regret -- a journey that resonates with me. Ann, fading away to her death, wonders how life would have turned out if she had pursued a man with whom she had a one night stand years ago just as her daughter wonders whether to stay with the man who impregnated her; it is perhaps too convenient that these storylines so flawlessly intertwine, but as the stories unfold, I forgot about the convenience and concentrated on the theme.
There isn't an outstanding performance in the film, save possibly for Toni Collette as the uncertain daughter, but everyone is solid.
I did think that the romance between Ann and Harris should have been more passionate or more deeply connected; as it is, I wonder if a one night stand is really worth a lifetime of regret.
Overall, I enjoyed Evening, a poignant drama with timeless themes.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Such a stellar cast wasted in a tedious, boring film that is incapable of being remotely interesting or gipping.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

This kind of made me want to shake someone! Good cast, beautifully shot and acted, (with the exception of the over the top dying mother), really enjoyed it right up until the final ten minutes which just peed me right off. Great message in a movie - mother settles for second best and dies regretting it, then daughter does same (dressed up in Hollywood sentimentality). Lovely. Glad I sat through that one.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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