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Afternoon Delight Reviews

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Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
September 2, 2013
Half the title of Jill Soloway's "Afternoon Delight" is accurate, since some of the movie occurs before sundown.
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2013
Jill Soloway's film is dishonest in the way it attempts to mask self-pity as enlightened self-criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
August 26, 2013
It's amazing how one misplaced moment ruins an entire film, as a single scene in Afternoon Delight changes everything for the absolute worst - despite actress Kathryn Hahn's best efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 30, 2013
There are some bright one-liners in the beginning, but the comedy/drama mix is an uneasy one, especially considering the shabby way the film treats McKenna, as a tart who's just there to improve some yuppie sex lives.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
January 23, 2013
Afternoon Delight the film, about good intentions gone awry, is more motivational therapy than cinema.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 5, 2013
Unfortunately, the best moments here are separated by a lot of whiny, phony treading of water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
The central conceit is impossibly contrived.
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 9, 2013
What starts out light and airy - certainly, there's something funny about a suburban soccer mom trying to save a stripper from herself - devolves into something very dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
There's not much delightful about Afternoon Delight, an off-putting comedy about a too-idle Los Angeles woman that all of a sudden in the last few minutes decides it wants to be a serious movie.
Brian Orndorf
September 5, 2013
Undeniably fascinating, but quite tedious once it swallows a grenade in its final act, making it difficult to trust anything writer/director Jill Soloway has to share on the state of the modern American marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
August 30, 2013
The moral of the story appears to be: Don't invite a stripper to come live with you in your home. Suggestion noted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
September 5, 2013
The misfire of Afternoon Delight is one of writing, almost as if Soloway was afraid to let her characters progress to a truly interesting place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Erik Childress
Film Threat
January 29, 2013
It winds up being one of the biggest tonal messes - comically, dramatically and morally - that is ultimately like trying to watch a Judd Apatow production of Shame.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Mistaking smug self-awareness for satire, the film attempts to skewer yuppie privilege while accidentally wallowing in it.
Jeremy Mathews
Paste Magazine
August 29, 2013
Part of Afternoon Delight wants to be a sitcom, and part wants to be a John Cassavetes film. That these two sides never find harmony is no surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.6/10
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 5, 2013
[Soloway] excels at drawing out nuances in female friendship. Here, though, she promises an uncomfortable exposť of middle-class morality, then doesn't follow through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 29, 2013
There weren't many promising paths for Soloway's high-concept premise to take.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alissa Simon
January 23, 2013
Although there are moments when it feels the plot might move in unexpected directions, in the end, the expected cliches reign.
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
March 26, 2014
Perhaps we're supposed to be laughing? Given the constantly wavering tone, it seems writer/director Jill Soloway doesn't really know what she wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
August 30, 2013
It's not exactly a manual on responsible parenting, but hardly the tribute to female empowerment it aspires to be, either.
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