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The Good Night (2007)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 29

That The Good Night is the work of a first-time writer/director is apparent, as the story feels disjointed and never connects with the audience.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

That The Good Night is the work of a first-time writer/director is apparent, as the story feels disjointed and never connects with the audience.



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Written and directed by Jake Paltrow, the romantic comedy The Good Night stars Martin Freeman as a onetime pop superstar who has swallowed his pride and now makes a living as a jingle writer. Although he has a steady relationship with a longtime girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow), he has become bored with her even though he loves her and dreams often of his idealized perfect woman (PenÚlope Cruz). One day he meets that dream girl in the flesh, forcing him to confront his feelings for his girlfriend


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jake Paltrow

Apr 1, 2008

Yari Film Group

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (29) | DVD (7)

Skimming through comedy, satire and cautionary tale, it's all somewhat vague - exasperatingly so when suggestive artiness seems to have been intended. Not as clever as it thinks.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Good Night doesn't quite know where to go with this potentially rich, unsettling material.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The sort of movie you forget even as you're watching it.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The comedy of male midlife angst dates back at least to The Seven-Year Itch, when it was sweet and innocent. Each time it is recycled, it gets more sour and joyless.

October 5, 2007
New York Times
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The Good Night has flashes of bookish wit, but never quite recovers from the metronomic monotony of its first half.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Flawed, but with enough interest to suggest Jake Paltrow may be one to keep an eye out for in future.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...a low-key yet consistently engaging effort...

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This sleepyhead Prince Charming is in for a rude awakening when the choosy, chain smoking Anna, actual female that she is, finds him an annoying loser, and at best undesirable. Au revoir, unconditional love. Someone wake me when it's over.

March 30, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The Good Night is a superlative feature film from Jake Paltrow; a fulfilling buffet of aches and pains from the discontented, poured into an amusing, uneasy comedic fantasy that barely misses a step.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

Writer-director Jake Paltrow's (yes, brother of Gwennie) debut feature is exquisitely romantic, painful, and riotous; everyone's lonely and going about it wrong.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

If the hero has trouble dozing off, that's not a problem which will affect many viewers of this movie.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

As a comedy of male delusion, Night seems to shrink from its flimsy dramatic subtexts; as a probing of dream and reality in love, its pretensions to depth suggest a neutered comedic courage: Woody Allen-lite.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Such a big grey blanket of misery it should have been called "Eternal Cloud Cover".

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A mish-mash of secondhand ideas, with some real misfires.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

What comedy there is fails to ignite and the romance is stillborn since we don't care who sleeps with whom or whether they do it in real life or the dream world.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

An all-star cast and Pegg's larger-than-life turn can't stop this offbeat yarn being a bit of a snooze.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Sadly not the stuff of dreams.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC

Despite some wry humour, the miscast leads and sour tone are as out of place in this Woody Allen landscape as Gwyneth's silly wig.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The Good Night toys with some interesting ideas but it never quite works, largely because none of the characters are particularly likeable.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The movie drags on.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Feature debut of Jake Platrow (brother of star Gwyneth Paltrow, who co-stars) is a disappointing meditation on the danger and seductiveness of dreams, a pale imitation of Woody Allen's edgier urban comedies.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite going in fully expecting and wanting to enjoy this movie, it instead left me vaguely depressed and highly disappointed.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Daneizomenos stoiheia ap' ta opoia o Richard Linklater ehei bgalei olokliri tainia me to Waking Life (2001) kai tehnikes poy o Michel Gondry kserei akribos pos kai giati tis hrisimopoiei, o Paltrow honei mesa kai typiki kardia romantikis istorias, gia na

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The tone is all over the place.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for The Good Night

Lackluster tale of a man torn between the iddylic dream life or the difficult, if more substantial, life in the real. Altho a nice middling story with okey-dokey dialogue, there's nada here to herald significant interest.
January 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

Terrible movie i was open to this movie! it sounded like a nice sweet fantasy movie that might actually be good but this was probably the worse movie ive ever seen.
it has so few laughs that if you miss them you'd think there isnt any! the storyline is boring slow and boring with nit very much going on and in the end leaves you confused i wouldnt recommend this movie to anyone!!
June 19, 2009
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Original and intriguing story, about a former popstar, who as a result of hitting a mid-life crisis, develops an obsessive interest in lucid dreaming. An interest which becomes the trigger for a remarkable, surreal and ultimately life-changing journey.

Besides a good and well-written storyline, this movie sure managed to squeeze in a lot familiar faces, american and british actors alike. None of them really stood out from the rest, but they all played their roles well, even if the chemistry between some of the actors could have been a bit better.

For all its strengths, however, it's not really the sort of film that will have you jump with excitement, nor stay in your memory for very long. It's hard to point out exactly why that is, but it felt like it was missing one or two key ingredients for me to wanna give it a higher rating than I have.

In any case, if you're looking for something out of the ordinary or Charlie Kaufman-ish, then you should give this one a go. Because despite falling short of greatness, it still remains a better-than-average dramedy.
November 10, 2008
Mike S

Super Reviewer

I have been watching a lot of good independent films right now and this one is probably one of the best indie films I've seen in a while. Well, next to Crash.

The good thing about the film is that I can relate to it. Sometimes, I dream about girls whom I do not know of and the next day, I find out that those girls are actually in the covers of some magazines. Which makes me feel like I'm a bit of a loser but that's not the thing here.

The film have a great cast and this is Mr. Freeman's breakout role I suppose. I'm gonna see more of him in the future, that I'm sure of. Danny Devito, Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz also did good jobs in portraying their roles. They executed it with professionalism and with flair. The ending was kinda sad but it was very effective. I suggest other film buffs to watch it because this is how movies should be made.
October 6, 2008
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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