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In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008)

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85

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 9

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.

85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4

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.

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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

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Alex Holdridge

Dec 30, 2008

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Writer/director Alex Holdridge maintains the intrigue of Wilson and Vivian's dance through a combination of naturalistic dialogue and a magical-realist style.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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How incongruous that while veteran studio heads prepare slates of comic book movies, the slackers behind this $12,000 gem have made one of the most mature films of the year.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a great feeling, isn't it, falling in love with a movie about falling in love?

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Alex Holdridge has written and directed a sweet, funny little indie movie.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

There is no magic here. This is not Paris, these are not Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and Holdridge's script does not give us a reason to care what happens to these characters.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan | Comments (2)
San Diego Metropolitan

Holdridge is clever enough to keep his characters from slipping into outright narcissism, or when they do, he's familiar enough with the art of mainstream moviemaking to balance the exhausted with the ecstatic.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Shot in black and white and edited extremely well, Kiss is funny and consistently credible.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Shockingly bad.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A naturalistic mix of vulgarity and romanticism gives this independent effort a mainstream appeal.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In Search of a Midnight Kiss is frustrating and makes things difficult for itself, yet it has an undeniable allure.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

With a different cast -- and fewer saccharine-cutting jokes -- the film might be completely dismissible. But all the actors have a charm.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen
Let's Not Listen

Notwithstanding its quintessentially indie need to develop character through quirk rather than, y'know, characterisation...the opening fifteen or twenty minutes are actually pretty great.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

In Search of a Midnight Kiss gets L.A. like few films do. And writer-director Holdridge understands the aspiring, disappointed but still open-to-anything crowd on the fringes of show business quite persuasively.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In search of a Midnight Kiss wears its influences on its sleeve. It's an ode to early black and White 90's Indies, that were in turn an ode to early 80's indies that were an ode to early 70's indies etc etc. Its no Before Sunrise but what it does do well is involve modern living into an age old story. This is not a new film, it's just 2007's version of and for what it is worth, it is one of the better examples of its decade. The characters could have been a little better developed, Vivian in particular but its views on modern LA, the importance of age old tradition and the mysteries of abandoned shoes are all very entertaining. Any film that ends in a good old sing song is always alright in my book.
September 10, 2013
SirPant

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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.
May 4, 2011
lewiskendell

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.
November 29, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

Raw and honest portrayal of LA life with believable characters who reveal unexpected depths and emotion.
November 6, 2008
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