Looking for Mr. Goodbar Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 27, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
June 16, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
February 7, 2011
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.
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Super Reviewer
½ May 18, 2010
Former good girl Theresa(Diane Keaton) moves out of her parent''s home to forge a life of her own. During the day she teaches deaf children, but at night she turns into into a promiscuous drug using, party-girl frequenting singles bars. Theresa goes to one last bar and brings home one last stranger.

Richard Brooks's LFMG is a straight fwd story with a fascinating character played by Keaton and good supporting roles by Richard Gere and Tuesday Weld and Tom Beranger. Brooks is quite good bringing the 70's vibe with disco music and dark drinking bars and the love Keaton has for deaf children.
Super Reviewer
½ November 11, 2007
This film is one of the greatest I have ever seen. Adapted fairly well from the book,it is a commentary on the free love/sex era of the 70's. Diane Keaton is wonderful as the sexually conflicted main character,suffering the aftermath of a Catholic childhood and debilitating polio.She does find her freedom,but it is short lived and ultimately tragic.
August 1, 2014
Odd, very scattered movie about a woman who goes down a road to ruin through random hook-ups, drugs, and encounters with violent men.

Screenwriter/Director Richard Brooks has done very good work before ("In Cold Blood"). But, here, the narrative is all over the place. The film begins with Diane Keaton's character having waking fantasies, but they are awkwardly edited in. Brooks then has real problems in constructing the story throughout.

There was a novel, and I have no idea if it had the same problems or not. Regardless, Brooks should have thought this out a lot better.

Diane Keaton is fine in the lead. The acting otherwise ranges from seriously overcooked to passive-aggressive. The result of the writing and overacting leads to melodrama, where the movie could have told a much more interesting story.

For instance, the guy playing Keaton's father is this borderline-psychotic Catholic character who is endlessly screaming and yelling at his daughters when they don't toe the line according to his hard-right religious ideals.

A very odd disappointment that could, and should, have been a lot better.

Plus, you can see what's going to happen by film's end coming a billion miles away!
February 22, 2012
An artistic and cultural relic of its day, this film is fairly flawed but for me strangely compelling. It also indirectly anticipates slasher movies by a few years.
February 4, 2010
OMG...Like this movie like the main character was absolutely out of control. Worth one look if you're bored"
½ December 3, 2009
I recently saw this movie again. I understand and like it more than I did when I first saw it as a teen. Diane Keaton is top notch.
½ October 21, 2008
diane keaton has never done it for me as a comedienne. but when she has the right project, she is a compelling actress. this performance is one of the best on film in america. period. she has yet to match it because everyone sees her as a dippy new yorker type.
½ May 15, 2008
Movie was quite good, of course the book was better, and based on a true story. At the time this happened the world didn't realize that what they considered "good girls" could get into bad trouble like this.
January 10, 2008
Complex story with a surprise ending. Early Richard Gere, is promising as an up and coming superstar.
½ May 12, 2007
This movie was like forbidden fruit when it first came out. It is still sexier and more decadent than anything of this nature out there today.
April 6, 2007
Diane Keaton gets frisky in this taut 70s sexual thriller, but what the hell's up with the lame out-of-nowhere ending?
July 8, 2015
I was 21 when I saw this movie in a theater. I guess I thought it was important.
May 10, 2015
Even tho this film features brilliant work by the actors involved (particularly Keaton) -- I think it emerges as confused as the era in which it was made. Richard Brooks was a great filmmaker but I'm not sure he really understood the tragedy that the novel was depicting. At times the film comes off as both homophobic and misogynistic. It is still worth seeing thanks to the performances. Viewers should be forewarned that the film features one of the most disturbing rape/murder scenes ever caught on screen. The real problem with this scene of horrific sexual violence and murder is that it seems to belong to a different movie. I often wonder what would have happened if Brooks had secured a female artist to adapt the great novel for the screen.
½ January 4, 2015
Keaton de los 70s, es mi Keaton favorita.
April 30, 2014
a favorite thriller and my favorite Diane Keaton performance
½ July 26, 2013
This one's a real downer, but it contains an amazing performance from Diane Keaton as a repressed girl from an Irish Catholic family who throws herself into the hedonistic world of cruising in late 1970s San Francisco. She rents a seedy, bug-infested apartment and begins picking up dangerous men. Gradually, her life begins to unravel. The film isn't without flaws, but the excellent performances (especially Keaton) ensure that it is compelling from start to finish. Keaton is to be commended for taking such a risky role, which even today would give many actresses pause; this is about as far from Annie Hall as you can get!
August 17, 2013
A very masculine and limited point-of-view screenplay adapted from Judith Rossner's unforgettable novel, this film does carry quite a bit of merit. While the film never quite manages to capture the psychological complexities of the main character (or of the character referred to as "Mr. Goodbar") it is a fascinating glimpse into the 1970's Pre-AIDS singles scene of New York City. The urban and pscyho-sexual blight of the city is so stark the film could almost serve as a text book for loneliness and sexual addiction.

However, Richard Brooks' film comes across as a confused mess of misunderstanding of Feminism and homosexuality. Unlike Rossner's novel, which was loosely based on an actual murder, the movie often feels homophobic and misogynistic. If one is unfamiliar with the internal thinking of the original source material, the movie seems to be much less an historical cautionary tale as it does a study of a woman who the filmmaker feels must be punished.

When one takes pause and notices the fine performances of the lead actors - particularly Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld - the viewer will pick up an almost "Time Capsule" worthy depiction of the confusion of the 1970's.

Though Keaton won the Oscar for her performance as Annie Hall -- her best work was in this film as an isolated elementary school teacher. Almost shocking in the graphic depiction of sexuality, drug use and the violence of the doomed main character, Richard Brooks' movie packs quite a punch.

Film Theory lovers will note that film directors and cinematographers have been attempting to copy the final horrific scene for years.

Another notable performance is that of Richard Gere before he became a name superstar.

Quite flawed, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR is an unforgettably grim journey into the darkest corner of a moment in shared societal / cultural history. Most definitely a film of note deserving a "re-visit" if for only the acting and cinematography alone. The movie manages to hold a certain validity of an era and a New York City that many prefer to forget.

Warning: Not for the easily offended or faint of heart. Over 34 years old, LFMG is surprisingly intense, suspenseful and disturbing.
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