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Slipping Down Life (1999)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 48

Lili Talyor is the best thing in this uninvolving and unconvincing drama.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 19

Lili Talyor is the best thing in this uninvolving and unconvincing drama.



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Making its world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, this story adapted for the screen and directed by first-timer Toni Kalem is based on the Anne Tyler novel of the same name. The story deals with finding love in a dead-end life. Evie (Lili Taylor) is a loner, living with her widowed father, who works at an aging kiddie park where she is a costumed cartoon character. One night she hears the words and music of a musician named Drumstrings Casey (Guy Pearce) on the radio, and Evie is


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Toni Kalem

Oct 19, 2004

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (48) | DVD (2)

It's interesting, not fascinating, intriguing, not electrifying. But for those in the mood for an offbeat pleasure, A Slipping Down Life may well satisfy.

June 4, 2004
Detroit News
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Never cuts much deeper than its subject.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Weaves a fragile --- and often funny --- spell.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A perplexing, dark and brooding exercise.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Independent films like to equate smallness with authenticity, but sometimes, unfortunately, they're just small.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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What at first seems like observed, exaggerated truth soon reveals itself as a series of writerly conceits being followed doggedly to some logical conclusion.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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June 30, 2008

The two stars were not right for the parts.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If not entirely successful, at least ambitious and, for a long while, even brave.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The predictable plot lurches forward elliptically, and it's difficult to sustain interest in it.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A Slipping Down Life has been sitting on the shelf since 1999, and it's not hard to see why.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There's probably not much of an audience for a turgid drama whose monotonous tempo rarely fluctuates from one scene to the next.

June 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Has a lot going for it, but not nearly all it should have.

June 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An underwhelming misfire of muddled tone and equally unclear emotion.

June 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Alternately gloomy and silly stuff.

June 11, 2004
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Well, I guess it's better than Van Helsing... slightly.

June 2, 2004
Philadelphia Weekly

What's slipping here isn't so much life as judgment on the part of Taylor and Pearce, two splendid actors marooned on bad-script island where nothing really works.

May 29, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

There is no way for a love story to work when we don't believe the lovers belong together.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A morose and unconvincing drama about desperate love in a small North Carolina town.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The plot has a loose string or two, but the details are lived-in, true, down-home but not corny.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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