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Off the Black Reviews

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Nina MacLaughlin
Boston Phoenix

Nolte nails the particular tragedy of the past-his-prime ex-high-school athlete.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 2013
Chuck O'Leary

Ponsoldt's debut is full of quiet heartache, and effectively establishes a consistent melancholy tone. And Nolte is exceptional.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

May 25, 2007
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Just a simple little "people drama," nothing more, but a very well-crafted and heartfelt one all the same.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 4/5

May 2, 2007
Beverly Berning

"Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age.

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April 23, 2007
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A modest drama fueled by Nick Nolte's gutsy lead performance as a disheveled 57-year-old junkyard proprietor who's been as flattened by life as the rusty old cars he crushes.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

February 1, 2007

Just 'off the black' is a baseball term for a pitch that's a fraction off from being a really good strike. Same here, this movie is just a fraction off from being a really good film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 12, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

OFF THE BLACK is a small picture that might get lost amidall the holiday hoopla and Oscar-bait fare that is clogging the cineplexes. It's worth seeking out; those who do will find a sweet but not saccharine story.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 11, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]mart, bone-dry, but ultimately distant indie...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 27, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Off the Black is a small, dry, emotionally loaded short story that has been carried to film like baked fish to a platter.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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...There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good first impression.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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The beauty of this film lies in its sense of promise. All the characters are in crisis, yet no one completely falls apart.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Throughout the film, there is a sense that the actors know a lot about these characters and that they believe in them. The result is a movie that we believe in, no matter where it goes.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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There's something very right with Off the Black in terms of pure emotion and performance craft.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Tells a familiar story, but does it well enough to merit a passing grade.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

December 10, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Writer-director James Ponsoldt's first feature is a small, modest movie structured around a fairly simple situation that leaves plenty of room for some fine performances.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2006
Jim Hemphill

...Off the Black is a low-key, but powerful drama that allows some great actors to do what they do best.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 8, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Off the Black should at least make us remember that Nolte has quietly aged into one of our strongest actors, and one of the few dedicated to taking on big roles no matter how small the picture, or the payday.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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As good as Nolte is, the relatively unknown Morgan matches him scene for scene.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Off the Black is a modest, bittersweet character study that hits its mark.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2006
Francesca Dinglasan
Boxoffice Magazine

Nick Nolte delivers an unexpectedly moving turn in Off the Black, James Ponsoldt's baseball-themed story of regret and redemption.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2006
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