Never Again Reviews

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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
Tambor and Clayburgh make an appealing couple - he's understated and sardonic, she's appealingly manic and energetic. Both deserve better.
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Arizona Republic
August 31, 2002
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 23, 2002
If Never Again is the best film we can get about older adult sexuality, it's no wonder we're not seeing more movies like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2002
After a while, Never Again gets so busy celebrating ageless virility that it forgets to tell a decent story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 2, 2002
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 26, 2002
There are enough things that poke out rather boldly from Never Again's modest proportions to keep it verging on interesting. And not all of them are strapped to Jill Clayburgh's waist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 26, 2002
Just offbeat enough to keep you interested without coming close to bowling you over.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2002
Clayburgh and Tambor are charming performers; neither of them deserves Eric Schaeffer.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2002
Rarely does a film so graceless and devoid of merit as this one come along.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 19, 2002
What Eric Schaeffer has accomplished with Never Again may not, strictly speaking, qualify as revolutionary. But it's defiantly and delightfully against the grain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 19, 2002
Full of the kind of obnoxious chitchat that only self-aware neurotics engage in.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 19, 2002
Excruciatingly unfunny and pitifully unromantic.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 19, 2002
A fresh cast, but a stale story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2002
Never Again swings between false sentiment and unfunny madcap comedy and, along the way, expects the audience to invest in the central relationship as some kind of marriage of true minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
July 19, 2002
The character is too forced and overwritten to be funny or believable much of the time, and Clayburgh doesn't always improve the over-the-top mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 19, 2002
Here's a case of two actors who do everything humanly possible to create characters who are sweet and believable, and are defeated by a screenplay that forces them into bizarre, implausible behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2002
A bad movie that happened to good actors.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2002
I doubt if the solution to the movie industry's ludicrous ageism is showing 50-year-olds acting like randy 20-year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 17, 2002
The characters are a major pain in the ass, to each other and to us.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
Thumbs up.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 12, 2002
Schaeffer has to find some hook on which to hang his persistently useless movies, and it might as well be the resuscitation of the middle-aged character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
July 12, 2002
Schaeffer should take the advice of his own movie's title the next time he thinks about coercing some poor actress into making a fool of herself.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2002
Schaeffer successfully teams Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh in a middle-aged romance between a pair of wary divorces, only to shoot them down with some of the most tasteless dialogue ever spoken in a mainstream movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 11, 2002
As conceived by Mr. Schaeffer, Christopher and Grace are little more than collections of quirky traits lifted from a screenwriter's outline and thrown at actors charged with the impossible task of making them jell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 11, 2002
I don't think the proper alternative to bad movies about teenagers trying to get laid is more bad movies about middle-aged people trying to get laid.