Evening Reviews

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November 18, 2011
September 7, 2011
September 21, 2007
The performances are oddly muted, as if the screenplay refuses to allow a fine cast full rein. But those who loved the book can be assured that it has been translated faithfully enough to the screen.
September 21, 2007
An affected and overwrought adaptation of Susan Minot's novel about a dying woman's memories of a complicated romantic incident in her youth.
September 21, 2007
Evening is a slow burner, so slow in fact the credits roll before it ever gets going.
September 21, 2007
It's a very odd film that can discuss heart-blackening guilt, loveless marriage, pain and regret only to taper off into a dry-eyed ending.
September 21, 2007
The film disintegrates into an indulgent succession of intense, fawning exchanges that overwhelm Minot's thin and monotonous tale.
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.
June 29, 2007
Evening's visual period splendour, its vivid characterizations and their comfortably clichd relationships somehow draw us in and make us care.
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.
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.
June 29, 2007
Great cast, mediocre writing.
June 29, 2007
Proves that not every book deserves its own film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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