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Afternoon Delight Reviews

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John Anderson
Newsday
September 12, 2013
The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 12, 2013
The results are a little life lesson-y but well-observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 6, 2013
The entire film is good but the revelation here is Hahn, reliably one of the funniest women in Hollywood, now suddenly given a rich, complex and even sexy role.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2013
It's refreshing to hear dialogue that's natural and modern and doesn't try to pontificate. And the rewards are many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
September 5, 2013
"Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 5, 2013
Funny and trenchant, it isn't a shapely farce. It's a comedy of confusion that dares to be unlikable -- and somehow, that makes it more lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 5, 2013
A couple's marriage is edging toward collapse when they try to reboot their dormant sex life in this sly, hip, and rewarding comedy of manners.
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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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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 5, 2013
It's an up-and-down movie, honest one minute and a fraud the next, but you stick with it mainly because of Hahn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 30, 2013
As the sweetly amoral tattooed-goddess-for-hire, Temple does her wiliest acting yet.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 30, 2013
The rubber-faced Hahn is a gifted comic actress and a surprisingly effective dramatic one, while Temple's monotonic twitter keeps the girl a tantalizing enigma.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 30, 2013
This could very well be a movie we look back on in a decade to note the copious amounts burgeoning talent held within, just waiting to break through the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 29, 2013
Whether or not you wince, this meticulously acted movie, which won Ms. Soloway a directing award at the Sundance Film Festival, paints an accurate picture of how a segment of youngish, educated, affluent, white Americans converse.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 29, 2013
"Afternoon Delight" defaults to a calculated, upbeat ending that has little organic connection to the story, but it's a crisp and often hilarious female-centric social satire loaded with delicious talent from the TV-comedy pool.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2013
[An] erratic blend of not-quite satire and halfhearted soul searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2013
These are very much first-world problems, and the portrayal of Temple's happy hooker is a tad disingenuous. Nevertheless, the fleshed-out performances keep it sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
The central conceit is impossibly contrived.
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Matt Patches
Time Out
August 27, 2013
...Hahn breaks through it all; she's the one who provides the glossy rumination with actual heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alissa Simon
Variety
January 23, 2013
Although there are moments when it feels the plot might move in unexpected directions, in the end, the expected cliches reign.
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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.