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Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

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Adapted from Judith Rossner's best-selling novelization of a true story, Richard Brooks's melodrama turns one woman's search for a liberated life into a cautionary tale about promiscuity. After an affair with her college professor, no-longer-good Catholic girl Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton) follows the lead of her hedonistic sister (Tuesday Weld) and moves out of her oppressive family home to forge a life of her own. A compassionate teacher of deaf children by day, Theresa metamorphoses into a

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (5)

In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Judith Rossner's calculated bestseller, about a contemporary woman's sexuality and her 'descent' into the world of New York singles bars, gets what it deserves in this old-fashioned adaptation.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Looking for Mr. Goodbar is very much worth seeing, particularly for the Diane Keaton performance.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Goodbar features flash forwards and flashbacks, hallucinations so hammy they would fit right into a Naked Gun movie and religious and sexual subtext so heavy-handed you'd think if a studio couldn't get Oliver Stone, Brooks would be next on the speed dial.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel.

April 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A rough, tough ride, with a surprisingly edgy Keaton performance.

January 13, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Despite a solid lead performance, the film is off-putting rather than involving.

September 9, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Apesar da atuação forte e corajosa de Keaton, que surpreende em um papel totalmente diferente do habitual, o filme é aborrecido e irremediavelmente datado.

January 24, 2004
Cinema em Cena

One of Keaton's most daring and electrifying performances

September 21, 2003 | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Lugubrious and depressing, made noteworthy only for the interesting turn by Keaton.

August 16, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

A fine thriller, Looking For Mr Goodbar is a reminder that Richard Brooks was a writer-director of rare talent and Diane Keaton is capable of a lot more than being ditsy.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

a none-too-subtle cautionary tale about the dangers of living a hedonistic nightlife masked by a legitimate daylife

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

One of those deeply flawed classics that you don't necessarily enjoy or even like, but you never forget.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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If you think you know Ms. Keaton -- you don't, until you've seen this one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Diane Keaton gives a riveting performance here and it shows. Also starring the film debut of Richard Gere with a powerful film soundtrack score from some of the best music that came out of 1977.
February 27, 2007
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A provocative edgy drama based on the best-selling novel by Judith Rossner, about a repressed young teacher named Theresa Dunn, brilliantly played by Diane Keaton in a powerful and emotionally complex performance. whose initially innocent search to find a man of her dreams escalates into promiscuous and dangerous encounters with men she meets in bars, she begins to wallow endlessly in her new "liberated" sexual lifestyle, the thrill of the evening trysts, which eventually involves drugs and violence has her life spinning out of control with this self-destructive behavior. Diane Keaton wonderfully balances the dual aspect of her character's life, by day a outwardly caring teacher to deaf children living a banal existence, and by night a drug-fueled bar tramp, this film is a indictment against the sexual attitudes of the 70s, where disco was the music and coke and weed was the new drugs of choice, the sexual revolution was at it's peak here, before herpes and AIDS made their dreaded entrance. This is one of the few and rare instances where the film is better than the book, thanks to the brilliant screenplay and direction of Richard Brooks. It is difficult to watch at times but this film is pure cinema at it's highest level. Superlative performances from Tuesday Weld, Richard Kiley, William Atherton, Priscilla Pointer, Tom Berenger and Richard Gere in a memorable turn as a hyperactive hustler. Shocking then it is thought-provoking now, and builds to a unforgettable and shattering climax. Highly Recommended.
January 29, 2012
Dannyrovira

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Diane Keaton's performance is stunning. And I am fairly certain that I have dated Richard Gere's character. However, I was a bit disappointed that the movie veered away from the book. It is a more interesting story for Theresa to have a self-destructive bent. She picks up guys because she knows they'll be trouble. In the movie she is just a hedonist.
February 7, 2011
juliryan

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