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November (2005)


Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 53

Critics Consensus: Murky and too artsy for its own good, November ends up being a case of style with little substance.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Murky and too artsy for its own good, November ends up being a case of style with little substance.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 7,944


Movie Info

November shapes up to be one mighty bad month for photographer Sophie Jacobs (Courteney Cox). When her innocent-bystander boyfriend is shot during a convenience-store robbery in midtown Los Angeles, photographer Sophie has a breakdown of sorts and finds the fine line between fantasy and reality blurring as her sanity starts to slowly dissipate. Also stars James LeGros, Anne Archer and Nora Dunn.

R (for violence and some language)
Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Benjamin Brand
In Theaters:
Dec 20, 2005
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for November

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (53) | DVD (4)

There is much promise here from the young director, Greg Harrison.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It's interesting, and November does give us something to chew on. But a puzzle with no payoff isn't worth the effort.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The lack of proper resolution to the story is more vexing than intriguing.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Essentially a student film that happens to star some big-name actors.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Does not provide enough 'clues' to Sophie's emotional background to make us care whether or not she survives the trauma of 7/11.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A pileup of stylistic audio and visual gimmicks and special effects, all in need of compelling characters and a story to hook us.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Wants to be smarter than it is.

October 7, 2005

Maybe November wanted to be the missing link between more conventional art-house films and the hallucinogenic dreams of David Lynch. It fails.

September 9, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Director Greg Harrison attempts to compensate for a weak, undernourished screenplay with flashy visuals, including excessive rapid cutting and blurry shots that add nothing of value.

September 8, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For those who like these sorts of cinematic Sudoku puzzles, "November" is a good one.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It doesn't always succeed, and sometimes it has the egocentric obviousness of a particularly clever, grad-student thesis film, but at least Harrison is game enough to mess with your head in the first place.

Full Review… | September 4, 2005
Austin Chronicle

A fuzzy and ultimately unrewarding psychological thriller.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like many dreams, November is long on imagery and short on sense.

September 2, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

A post-Memento, mess-with-your-head thriller that thinks it's much cleverer than it is.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005

It felt like (November) asked me to drive to a designated location, then kept re-drawing my map.

August 26, 2005

A sort of 'Occurrence at Owl Creek Convenience Store' for moviegoers more familiar with Nine Inch Nails videos than Ambrose Bierce...

August 26, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Chalk it all up as useful filler for the downtime between David Lynch pictures.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Orlando Weekly

November becomes a movie that makes us think and feel.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's divided into three sections: Denial, Despair and Acceptance. They may as well be called Confoundment, Confusion and Apathy.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

Artsy but unconvincing. November keeps viewers guessing, but not in a good way.

Full Review… | August 22, 2005

Abstract and obtuse...

Full Review… | August 21, 2005
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Audience Reviews for November

In terms of being original it was very good and a different look at a bad situation, but it just left me confused as to what had actually happened. I don't think anyone other than the creators really know for certain what happened. It was very 'student film' and the acting was pretty bad in some places. Not something I'll be watching again and something I'd definitely recommend not to see.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

An interesting but ultimately pointless movie that tries WAY too hard for the "convoluted indie mystery" effect and generally fails. If your viewer is too confused to comprehend said mystery by the end of the film, then I think your final product isn't too good.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

Very interesting movie, that perhaps tries a little too hard to be different, and the resolution is unsatisfactory. But it features interesting camerawork, a clever story and a first-rate performance from Courteney Cox Arquette, who makes the transition from her usual comedy (Friends) and knowing horror (Scream) to drama with gutso. Her agent should definitely be booking her for more of these kinds of roles...

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

A good effort to produce something somber and enthralling without being overly pretentious.

William Goss

Super Reviewer

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