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November (2005)

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32

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

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

37

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 17

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

audience

41

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 7,941

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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,

Documentary, Drama, Mystery & Suspense

Benjamin Brand

Dec 20, 2005

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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (53) | DVD (4)

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

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's interesting, and November does give us something to chew on. But a puzzle with no payoff isn't worth the effort.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The lack of proper resolution to the story is more vexing than intriguing.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Essentially a student film that happens to star some big-name actors.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Does not provide enough 'clues' to Sophie's emotional background to make us care whether or not she survives the trauma of 7/11.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Best approached and appreciated as a puzzle that can be completed in various ways and a reminder that memory, like images, can be fixed, but not always trusted.

August 19, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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A pileup of stylistic audio and visual gimmicks and special effects, all in need of compelling characters and a story to hook us.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

September 8, 2005 Full Review
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.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A fuzzy and ultimately unrewarding psychological thriller.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

November becomes a movie that makes us think and feel.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

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

August 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

Abstract and obtuse...

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.
November 15, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

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...
November 12, 2006
danieljparsons

Super Reviewer

A good effort to produce something somber and enthralling without being overly pretentious.
November 7, 2006
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