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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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Evening achieves a kind of wisdom, though it's a strange and bitter wisdom. The film arrives at a pessimistic and almost nihilistic view of life as something not very important -- and then invites us to take strength and comfort in the notion.
Evening, despite its fine source material and roster of formidable talent, lurches clumsily across two very long, disconnected hours, reducing Minot's, sprawling, ethereal story to a pop psych nugget about embracing life as it comes.
If you've not read Susan Minot's 1998 bestseller Evening, you will be happily oblivious to the movie's glaring departures and free to settle into this languid, gorgeously shot film, which bears only a passing resemblance to the novel.
Susan Minot's resplendent novel of a dying woman remembering her defining romance with the man who got away stumbles on its way to the screen. Hungarian director Lajos Koltai pushes emotions that need to flow.