In Search of a Midnight Kiss Reviews

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Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
April 6, 2015
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
It's a great feeling, isn't it, falling in love with a movie about falling in love?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
Alex Holdridge has written and directed a sweet, funny little indie movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2008
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
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.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Shot in black and white and edited extremely well, Kiss is funny and consistently credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2008
Shockingly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 11, 2008
A naturalistic mix of vulgarity and romanticism gives this independent effort a mainstream appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2008
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.
Stan Hall
Oregonian
August 29, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is frustrating and makes things difficult for itself, yet it has an undeniable allure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
August 28, 2008
With a different cast -- and fewer saccharine-cutting jokes -- the film might be completely dismissible. But all the actors have a charm.
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
August 28, 2008
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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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