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Evening Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 21, 2007
The film disintegrates into an indulgent succession of intense, fawning exchanges that overwhelm Minot's thin and monotonous tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
July 6, 2007
Even as I admired most of the performances -- and I do stress most of them -- I found myself searching in vain for one character to care about.
June 30, 2007
If nothing else, Evening proves that there are such things as mistakes, by featuring two hours of bad choices and half-executed ideas.
Read More | Original Score: D
June 29, 2007
Evening's visual period splendour, its vivid characterizations and their comfortably clichéd relationships somehow draw us in and make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
Though the filmmaking is uneven, Evening redeems itself in its marvelous cast, which echoes the movies' themes by showcasing two real-life mother-daughter acting duos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 29, 2007
Great cast, mediocre writing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2007
Proves that not every book deserves its own film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2007
This weeping ladydrama -- this cinematic doily, this chintz wing chair from a P-town antique boutique -- takes us to the oxymoronic world of WASP emotion.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 29, 2007
Things are happening too fast to be convincing, and the romance -- rather, the one-night stand -- between Ann and Harris hardly seems worth a lifetime of regret, or two hours of your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2007
Manipulative at times, but it resonates with gleaming ferocity as it unspools a story of regret, longing and resolution in two generations of women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
Everything about Evening seems engineered to liquefy moviegoers, specifically middle-age female moviegoers who miss their mothers. This would include me: I was a sloppy mess by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2007
It courts its audience with a warm story about lost loves and paths not chosen, and it boasts an array of strong performances from its top-notch ensemble.
June 29, 2007
There are few things more depressing than a weeper that doesn't make you weep. Evening creeps through its dolorous paces as prudently as an undertaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
June 29, 2007
It took me a while to warm to these people and their self-consciously idyllic settings -- as well as to the slick direction of former cinematographer Lajos Koltai -- but I was eventually won over.
June 29, 2007
Not even a firm approach can rescue Evening from the enveloping thematic finery. It's a hopelessly classy piece of china.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 29, 2007
Designers will drool, but the problem is that Evening should have more going for it than Architectural Digest allure.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 28, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 28, 2007
Evening might be the most shocking waste of natural resources since the despoiling of the Amazon rain forest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2007
Boasting an ensemble of Hollywood's best actresses, this drama is unabashedly sentimental but still effective.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2007
A dreary mood romance that flashes back and forth between present day and 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 28, 2007
A collection of Lifetime-channel clichés arranged with the metallic precision of a machine.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 28, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2007
As the cautionary tale of mothers and daughters it negligently aspires to be, Evening is strictly old news.
June 28, 2007
Director Lajos Koltai's generous application of luminous color tones over everything can't conceal his lack of control over narrative tone.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2007
Evening could've been something precious. But it never rises above standard-issue 'chick flick'.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 28, 2007
Evening is a terribly refined, painstakingly composed study in aristocratic angst that audiences will be hard-pressed to believe a word of.
Top Critic
June 28, 2007
The film never descends into the dreaded bath of sentimental kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
June 27, 2007
In its pursuit of superior craftsmanship and high-minded lyricism, Evening constantly risks sliding down the slippery slope into inept sentimentality and self-caricature.
June 27, 2007
The novel is too dense, too multilayered, too overpopulated to make a satisfactory film that is also faithful to the book.
June 26, 2007
Mostly Evening feels draggy and repetitive as it wallows self-consciously in its own sense of emotional and cultural significance.
June 26, 2007
The strength of the screenplay and acting provide a satisfying, although not overwhelming, two hours of romance, drama, and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2007
This is one of the rare movies that are too sensitive for their own good.
June 25, 2007
It works on paper, but [author Susan] Minot, who shares credit for the adaptation with fellow novelist Michael Cunningham, doesn't understand that screenwriting is the art of taking away.
June 21, 2007
In Evening, an all-star team of filmmakers takes on a minor-league story.
June 21, 2007
A woman's deathbed reveries provide a poignant but rather obvious counterpoint to her daughters' present-day emotional concerns in Evening.
June 14, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4