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In Search of a Midnight Kiss Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's a great feeling, isn't it, falling in love with a movie about falling in love?

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2008
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

September 19, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Shockingly bad.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 12, 2008
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

September 11, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Smart dialogue, an impeccably crafted story, and eye-catching LA locations make this low-budget feature by Alex Holdridge the most worthwhile date movie I've seen in some time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 29, 2008
Stan Hall
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

August 29, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

August 28, 2008
Mike Mayo
Washington Post
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Despite some scenes that have the feel of an acting or writing workshop, these are believable, complex characters. Their story has a full measure of Judd Apatow raunch, with a dash of Swingers emotional sweetness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 28, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

August 26, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 22, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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If it were a parody of relationship-youth pictures, In Search of a Midnight Kiss would maybe be tolerable, but writer-director Alex Holdridge seems to be playing it with a straight face.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2008
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