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Living Out Loud (1998)

tomatometer

38

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

Unoriginal, with one-dimensional characters.

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64

liked it
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 3,515

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Movie Info

Noted screenwriter Richard LaGravenese made his directorial debut with this dramatic comedy about two unlikely people who find each other while looking for love. Judith Nelson (Holly Hunter) is suddenly single after discovering her husband of fifteen years, a successful doctor (Martin Donovan), has been having an affair with a younger woman. Judith stews, plans, plots and fantasizes, but she can't decide what to do with her life until she goes out to a night club to see singer Liz Bailey (Queen

R,

Drama, Comedy

Richard LaGravenese, Lynzee Klingman

Nov 20, 2001

New Line Home Entertainment

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This feminist comedy shot through with fantasies about the travails of newly single womanhood strikes some rich chords, but doesn't quite put together a complete tune.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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'Living Out Loud' presents the delightful surprise of Danny DeVito as a romantic lead. And he also sings!

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

... made up of magical moments of revelation that are the film's strength as well as its ultimate weakness.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

If you live in Manhattan, you know women like Judith (Holly Hunter), the 40-something, Upper East Side divorce who put her ex-husband through medical school.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

... there is always a market for these kid of sleek, superficial movies about the redemptive power of being true to your own nature

November 1, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A wonderful film from beginning to end, one that is honest, genuinely funny, and poignant.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

the kind of movie that hasn't been produced very often since Jill Clayburgh retired from the screen... Hunter, it should be said, fills Clayburgh's high heels quite nicely, convincingly veering from neurotic to erotic...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A wonderfully crafted movie that has the resourcefulness to encourage Holly Hunter to dance, Danny DeVito to sing, and Queen Latifah to act.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The smooth, soothing soundtrack could not be a better fit for the laid-back, low-key, unforced appeal of the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A tepid comedy/drama involving a wealthy nurse, Judith (Holly Hunter), who is miserable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

LaGravenese the director seems less sure of himself than LaGravenese the writer, resorting to occasional gimmicky touches that dilute the moods and meanings for which he's striving.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Lovely and understated.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Living Out Loud

Mahalo, Joanna, this was a good one. Danny DeVito. Truly underrated. This is worth seeing just because of his performance. For those flixster friends who have been following my evolving thinking on the term "bittersweet," this is another movie which captures that mood. Neither tragic nor comic, and certainly not classically tragi-comic, there is a wistfulness to this film whiich, for me, can only be called bittersweet. After the horrible life he has had, the most receint blow being the death of his daughter, DeVito is on an upward curve. You know that his life has turned around. For Hunter, it is a different story. It is easy to believe that, as DeVito departs her life, she may have many more downward trending days ahead. It is sad, but it is so true in life. You make choces at moments that can lead you to the top, or send you rushing toward the abyss. A beautifully quiet and thoughtful movie.
August 10, 2006
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