• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    Jeff Lipsky
  • In Theaters:    Nov 24, 2006 Limited
  • On DVD:    Apr 10, 2007
  • Gigantic Pictures

Flannel Pajamas Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
April 30, 2007

Twenty minutes or so of cuts would probably have helped the movie pack a more potent punch.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 9, 2007

They ought to have cut both the film and the marriage a little shorter.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 1, 2007

The incisive moments of recognizable humanity, though, are outnumbered by those of awkward obviousness.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
April 1, 2007

Flannel Pajamas is so gorged with gab it feels like a filibuster.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 22, 2007

Better to rent Scenes From a Marriage, Manhattan or My Dinner With Andre and stay home -- flannel pajamas optional.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
March 2, 2007

In his sophomore feature, Lipsky doesn't feel the need to pump the movie with showy visual tricks. You don't even know he's there most of the time, which is probably a compliment.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
February 22, 2007

Flannel Pajamas is a sharply observed dissection of a couple's relationship, from blind date to marriage to difficulties over everything from whether to get a dog to when to have a baby.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 2, 2007

This is all quite fascinating.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
February 2, 2007

Maybe Lipsky's been too direct in his screenplay; he makes us feel like informed witnesses to their relationship rather than participants. Which means, we spend most of the movie thinking, just break up already, please.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
TheMovieChicks.com
January 19, 2007

It's a harsh look at a love that seems good until it isn't any more... and frankly, I got tired of both of these people long before they got tired of each other.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
January 12, 2007

This is the kind of introspective drama in which a determined pair of young, very fine actors and a strong filmmaker put everything on the line to explore emotional truth wherever it exists.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 11, 2007

[Writer/director] Lipsky has something to say about the impossibility of human beings to love each other, but his language is that of an amateur playwright who does not know when he is only repeating cliches.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 5, 2006

Both Nicholson and Kirk are terrific actors, but the script limits them and their performances.

David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 5, 2006

Kirk and Nicholson provide solid acting throughout the movie. Lipsky's writing is frequently original. However, the overall sense of this film is that it lacks credibility.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 2, 2006

With "Flannel Pajamas" Lipsky has written an excellent off-Broadway play, not a film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 1, 2006

[Star Julianne] Nicholson does remarkable work in an unsympathetic role, helped by [director Jeff] Lipsky's fine control of his characters.

Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
December 1, 2006

It's as close to what the disintegration of a real-life relationship looks like as you'll ever see onscreen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
November 30, 2006

Sometimes a movie improves on second viewing and I liked Flannel Pajamas better when I screened it again.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
November 30, 2006

By the time these two must decide whether or not to stay together, we've given up on the whole process entirely.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 30, 2006

... it's hard to warm to characters this flawed without some humorous leavening. The result is dreary, particularly at slightly more than two hours.

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