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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
September 21, 2009
Behind all the role playing is a movie that feels uncertain in its tone and style, more exercise than drama.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 24, 2009
Merely a depressing curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 23, 2009
It's overly faithful to the original and to Van Gogh's preferred three-camera setup.
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
January 28, 2008
The characters are barely introduced before we're plunked right into their angst-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 21, 2008
Aside from a few amusing scenes, it mostly comes across as a dry exercise, and the ending is so grim that much of the earlier charm might be forgotten.
| Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 26, 2009
Boasts natural, well-nuanced performances by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, but it's often an awkward blend of romance, drama, comedy and tragedy that eventually becomes tedious and dull while leaving you underwhelmed and unmoved.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.15/10
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2009
Stanley Tucci has such a disdain for subtlety that he doesn't even allow the viewer to suss out for themselves what made-up identities Don and Janna have assumed in each encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 24, 2009
[Patricia] Clarkson has the ability to make any character interesting, but if there's ever been a test of how enjoyable it is to watch a film just because she's in it, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 3, 2009
A depressing tale of a couple whose relationship is running on empty.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
September 21, 2009
It does feel very stage bound, very formal.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 25, 2009
Ultimately, the joke goes on too long -- for the couple and for us -- and the film fades away before the final fade-out.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 25, 2009
A remake of a film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, it fails to captivate despite -- or perhaps because of -- the frantic acting efforts of Tucci and the normally reliable Patricia Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 25, 2009
The film never lifts itself above its origin as a well-meaning, underdeveloped exercise.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 23, 2009
Since neither character is ever explained or examined with any real insight, the viewer ceases to care early on. The overriding effect is paralyzing tedium.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 25, 2009
It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
September 17, 2009
As a theatrical filmic exercise, "Blind Date" is a fair experiment. Just don't go expecting to see a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Variety
January 25, 2008
Popularity of the two stars could make the film an arthouse hit; they're a joy to watch.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 12, 2009
Too psychological and "film school" for some but a fine homage to Theo Van Gogh's integrity and courage as a filmmaker and student of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 23, 2009
Far more than an actors' exercise, this theatrical piece conveys the heartbreak of a married couple who have lost their 5-year-old daughter in an auto accident.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 21, 2009
A well-written and insightful drama built around two beautifully modulated performances by Tucci (who directed) and the always-marvelous Patricia Clarkson.
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