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Evening Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Amy Simmons
Time Out
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2007
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2007
Great cast, mediocre writing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 29, 2007
Proves that not every book deserves its own film.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Chicago Reader
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2007
Designers will drool, but the problem is that Evening should have more going for it than Architectural Digest allure.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 28, 2007
Boasting an ensemble of Hollywood's best actresses, this drama is unabashedly sentimental but still effective.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 28, 2007
A dreary mood romance that flashes back and forth between present day and 50 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2007
A collection of Lifetime-channel clichés arranged with the metallic precision of a machine.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 28, 2007
As the cautionary tale of mothers and daughters it negligently aspires to be, Evening is strictly old news.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 28, 2007
Evening could've been something precious. But it never rises above standard-issue 'chick flick'.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
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Tom Beer
Time Out
June 28, 2007
The film never descends into the dreaded bath of sentimental kitsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 27, 2007
The novel is too dense, too multilayered, too overpopulated to make a satisfactory film that is also faithful to the book.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 26, 2007
Mostly Evening feels draggy and repetitive as it wallows self-consciously in its own sense of emotional and cultural significance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 25, 2007
This is one of the rare movies that are too sensitive for their own good.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2007
In Evening, an all-star team of filmmakers takes on a minor-league story.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 21, 2007
A woman's deathbed reveries provide a poignant but rather obvious counterpoint to her daughters' present-day emotional concerns in Evening.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4