In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008)



Critic Consensus: Funny, quirky, and bittersweet, In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a romantic comedy with a heart and a brain -- and stands as a sharp debut for director Alex Holdridge.

Movie Info

Twenty-nine-year old Wilson has just had the worst year of his life. He is new to Los Angeles; and onthis special night; he has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting that the past year ever happened--that is until his best friend, Jacob, browbeats him into posting a personal ad on 'Craig's List'. When Vivian, a strong-willed woman hell-bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic, comedic journey through streets of L.A. begins.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alex Holdridge, Alex Holdridge
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 30, 2008
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Twink Caplan
as Wilson's Mom
Nic Harcourt
as Radio DJ
Cindy Drummond
as Neighbor #2
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Critic Reviews for In Search of a Midnight Kiss

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (29)

The film never finds an original voice or qualifies its tagline (It's not just another kiss), but it is more enjoyable than most New Year's Eve celebrations.

Full Review… | April 6, 2015
Miami Herald
Top Critic

In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

What follows - walking, talking, flirting, fighting - is a charming piece of low-budget, improv-y filmmaking in the tradition of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a surprising charmer, a wandering modern romantic comedy with enough bittersweet aftertaste to give it substance and enough wit to keep you entertained.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

Writer/director Alex Holdridge maintains the intrigue of Wilson and Vivian's dance through a combination of naturalistic dialogue and a magical-realist style.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In Search of a Midnight Kiss


Despite the fact that In Search of a Midnight Kiss was shot with that cheap digital video that I HATE, HATE, HATE, (seriously, I let out an audible sigh every time I realize that the movie I'm about to see uses it) I found it to be pretty enjoyable. Refreshing, even.

It's a tale of loneliness, Los Angeles, and New Year's Eve. Depressed and lonely Wilson puts an ad on Craigslist at the bidding of his best friend, in a last-ditch effort to not be alone on New Year's Eve. The ad is answered by an aspiring actress named Vivian, and the two of them meet and spend the rest of the day in a long, rambling, eventful date that takes them through various parts of Los Angeles.

It's actually a lot cooler than I make it sound. Sort of a drama and a realistic comedy, with the ups, downs, joys, and uncertainties of a real relationship condensed into the events of one night. There's genuine chemistry between the two leads, and the whole thing feels surprisingly genuine, if you let yourself get into it. Crappy video aside, this is a movie that I'd recommend to anyone, be they romantic or jaded.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

This was really a great little movie. I wasn't expecting much of it at all, small film with no one I've ever heard of in it, but it really exceeded my expectations. I actually would have scored it a little higher if the ending had been different, but then again, can't fault something for being true to life.
This reminded me a lot of Before Sunrise as most of it is just two people walking around getting to know each other and revealing things about their lives. The two leads are so good that it never comes across as dull and the Vivian character is originally so horrible that it is a credit to them that everyone doesn't just switch off.
One interesting thing is that it seems that it was originally black and white, but for whatever reason, the Dvd release (in Australia, anyhow), is in colour. I did notice at times that the film looked very blocky, but put it down to a bad transfer. I have to say, I generally really like black and white films, but in this case, it was odd to see the trailer in black and white and I think I actually prefer the colour here.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Raw and honest portrayal of LA life with believable characters who reveal unexpected depths and emotion.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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