The Morning After Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ September 21, 2011
Even a great filmmaker is not infalible, not when he has to work with a poor screenplay. The tone rambles, never decides if it is a comedy, a soap opera or a thriller. Performances by Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges and the underused Raul Julia do some good to this ridiculous and predictible mess.
Super Reviewer
September 6, 2010
A good thriller from Lumet, a great director, and it has a great cast too. I really liked this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ March 29, 2007
Jane Fonda gives an incredibly nuanced performance as a spiraling down drunkard, she researched the tragic 40's star Gail Russell who drank herself to death at 36 to fully understand her characters plight of a once promising actress reduced to blackouts and infamy. Jeff Bridges is almost as strong as a stranger trying to help her out of a situation she can't even remember. The rest of the cast gives good support starting with Raul Julia on down to a pre-stardom Kathy Bates in a tiny role, the problem is that the script that all this superior work is working with is ill conceived and not terribly well directed by the usually excellent Lumet.
Super Reviewer
½ August 31, 2010
If you like murder mysteries with powerhouse acting and directing, this is the movie to see. While the story is interesting and unique, it's the characters that make you stick around. Sidney Lumet makes this such an above average movie in that it doesn't feel like a typical thriller or drama or romance, it's sort've a nice blend between all three. There's no gimmicks or cheap scare tactics, which is really nice. Jane Fonda is just so convincing as a raging drunkard, but of course she has such a lovable side to her. Jeff Bridges does what he does best, being charming and smiling a lot. While this isn't a game changer or anything, it's just a really solid and worthwhile movie.
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2014
The trio of Fonda, Bridges and Lumet couldn't make this one into a masterpiece..simply an entertaining suspense movie which is a tad disappointing. The plot line perhaps needed to be tightened into something within the realm of the believable.
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2010
A smart and suspenseful neo-noir well-directed by Sidney Lumet, with a sensationally dynamic Oscar-nominated performance by Jane Fonda, as once promising actress named Alex Stembergen, who wakes up with a fierce hangover with no memory of how she ended up in bed next to a murdered man, with a knife in the middle of his chest. Sternbergen is a spiraling down drunkard who is convinced that she had a blackout and stabbed the deadman. Jeff Bridges delivers a terrific performance that is suitably sturdy as Turner Kendall an ex-cop who takes a interest in Stermbergen, and tries to help her unravel this mystery. The late Raul Julia is memorable as Joaquin Manero, Stermbergen's Hollywood hairdresser devoted ex-husband. The developing relationship between Stembergen and Kendall is beautifully played by Fonda and Bridges, who have real chemistry together, and the plot and the storyline instantly draws us in, and continues to keep us hooked until the surprising ending. Entertaining and compelling. Highly Recommended.
October 29, 2014
Weird characters, story. Jane Fonda feels miscast, as does Jeff Bridges. Bridges' character just seems off, who he is on the printed page doesn't seem to translate to the screen, or through Bridges' performance, which is odd because he's usually spot on. Fonda's character is written just a little too unlikable; and also wasn't that interesting. Raul Julia steals every scene he's in, he's the only character in the movie that really clicks.
November 28, 2009
A reasonably good thriller, Jane Fonda does well in an Oscar nominated performance. Tense in some scenes, well acted but it's just not as gripping as it should have been, and this is surprising coming from director Sidney Lumet. I was never fully convinced.
½ June 10, 2007
Starts off with a captivating opening (Jane Fonda wakes up next to a dead body and has no recollection how she got there), yet after a stellar start the film stalls and crawls the rest of the way at a snail's pace. Fortunately, the performances from both the leads (Fonda and Bridges) are terrific - Jane Fonda even received a well deserved oscar nomination - and the chemistry between the two works and is captivating. It's simply a shame that the script isn't as good as the performances are. Though the climax, though obvious and blunt in execution, does generate some genuine suspense due to our care for the characters in danger. Not bad, recommended for the lovers of the thriller genre, but everyone else can move along and see something else.
½ April 19, 2015
so over the top and predictable
June 5, 2012
There's a reason you've never heard of this movie: it's terrible. Fonda is shrill and unlikeable while Bridges is cruising on autopilot. Aside from a few "jump" scenes, there is little that holds your attention as the story plods along, and when the killer is exposed, there is no sense of satisfaction from the viewer for having sat through the proceedings.
½ June 10, 2012
Nobody's best work. It can't decide if it's a film about alcoholism or a sleazy thriller and fails at both. Oh, the 80s.
May 28, 2012
Jane Fonda and Raul Julia ran away with this picture.
May 18, 2012
jane fonda and jeff bridges give really good performances, that are on par with what you'd expect from a sidney lumet film. "the morning after" has some highs and some lows. but the moments that are good are so good that it's a damn shame the entire film isn't of that calibur, as the weaker moments almost make it feel like a chore to continue watching.
½ August 6, 2011
Good thriller. Got a little cheesy romancey at times.
½ March 19, 2011
The Morning After starts off as a exciting and suspensful thrill ride. Unfortunately it tales off around the mid point and the film could have benefited from having more characters. The movie is saved by the performances and chemistry between Jeff Bridges and Jane Fonda. The romantic storyline steals the show and makes the viewer forget this was a suspense tale. Overall, a solid and successful movie, and worth viewing to see Fonda and Bridges.
February 2, 2011
Jane Fonda saves this one
½ March 20, 2010
What appears to be very tacky and un-original, surprises audiences with it's twists and turns, drama and horror, and slight comic edge to be one of the 80's best thrillers.

This film is very compelling and captivating, as it's story is simple, making it easy to follow. An alcoholic, chakra-cleansing former high profile actress wakes up next to a dead man. Did she do it? Was she framed? Is this your typical thriller? No. What makes this picture so energetic and fresh is it's contemporary screenplay which makes you question every character you lay eyes on. The dialogue however is very dull, and could be a little more creative if the screenwriter maybe put a little more time into writing.

Jane Fonda gives a truly remarkable pre-hiatus performance which in turn makes Rual Julia and Jeff Bridges look good on-screen.

The film score is one of the worst i've heard in over ten years. It does nothing to heighten the suspense in the film, but dulls it and makes it look pretentious.

This film is inventive and original, yet fails to make the most of a superb story.
May 28, 2008
Not really thrilling, but a decent drama/mystery. Without the romance between Fonda and Bridges (both performances were great), the film is nothing.
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