Before You Know It Reviews

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November 10, 2019
The script captures the edges of the internal drama within each character without asking them to say everything out loud... It's such a female way of communicating that it gives the film a whole other facet, adding depth to a tub of predictable...
October 22, 2019
Good performances, whimsical dialogue, and funny moments make this a memorable visit to the cinema.
October 10, 2019
Some films need to be seen, not for their polish but for their practice. Before You Know It is one of those films that had promise and that delivers on some of that promise.
October 6, 2019
A lean piece of entertainment and an exceptional calling card for Utt - and Tullock, whose contributions shouldn't be overlooked.
September 26, 2019
The end results aren't earth-shaking, but there's a good deal of talent on display.
September 20, 2019
Mandy Patinkin plays a role well suited to his musical theatrical background and reputation.
September 20, 2019
Before You Know It is seasonably appropriate comfort food for intelligent adult audiences; something that's always in short supply.
September 19, 2019
The film's major asset is its warmth; the characters have their issues, but they are people you can connect with and - in most cases - become emotionally invested.
September 18, 2019
The dialogue is clever and the premise witty. It's a New York-y film that has the zip of a farce, without all the nuttiness. (There's a little nuttiness.)
September 12, 2019
A charming and quirky New York tale, if a bit disorganized, finding its voice when it quiets down to just listen to the three women at the center of the story.
September 10, 2019
The performances are all top notch.
September 5, 2019
Before You Know It feels like it fell out of the mid-Eighties -- and that's not a bad thing. In the tradition of Mystic Pizza or Moscow on the Hudson, it finds its humor in the light and shade of its characters, with the odd broader gag.
September 5, 2019
Utt's charming, self-deprecating ensemble is an effortless screwball throwback that loves its characters no matter their flaws.
September 4, 2019
"Before You Know It" isn't a deep movie, or a hilarious one, and Utt and Tullock probably don't expect it to be. But it is, in its undemanding, almost effortless way, warm and wise and watchable enough to be just this side of wonderful.
September 3, 2019
[Hannah Pearl Utt] has a deft hand as a director here, as well as an actress.
August 31, 2019
Amid some clichés and contrivances, empowered women find a fresh perspective in this sharply observed and consistently amusing saga of family dysfunction.
August 30, 2019
Before You Know It shifts seamlessly from quirky to sad to mysterious to wacky to surreal within just the space of a few days, so much so that you'd never know it's director Hannah Pearl Utt's feature filmmaking debut.
August 30, 2019
Utt and Tullock's screenplay avoids ... broad strokes. They would rather find the humor in these deep but frayed relationships ... [and] these flawed but decent characters...
Top Critic
August 29, 2019
Wise, witty, and richly specific in its evocation of a family limping along on a wobbly foundation of secrets and lies.
August 29, 2019
Seekers of Manhattan stories that don't occur in skyscrapers and corridors of power could do worse.
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