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The Good Night Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 27, 2007
Despite going in fully expecting and wanting to enjoy this movie, it instead left me vaguely depressed and highly disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 27, 2007
There is a fine idea for a romantic comedy in Jake Paltrow's The Good Night but the writer-director, in his debut feature, never develops it much beyond the idea stage.
Edward Douglas
October 2, 2007
The material is often too bizarre and esoteric for ordinary people to be able to relate to any of it.
| Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2007
"Hanging out with you is pretty depressing," says self-proclaimed dream expert Mel to Gary, a similar reaction aroused by Jake Paltrow's excruciatingly tone-deaf writing-directing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
March 30, 2008
This sleepyhead Prince Charming is in for a rude awakening when the choosy, chain smoking Anna, actual female that she is, finds him an annoying loser, and at best undesirable. Au revoir, unconditional love. Someone wake me when it's over.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 4, 2015
[A] witless whimsy.
Paul Brenner
October 4, 2007
Paltrow's film is Gondry's The Science of Sleep, dulled by an overdose of Lunesta.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
October 3, 2007
Promising debut from writer-director Jake Paltrow about a sleep-obsessed man who meets the literal girl-of-his-dreams has some perceptive moments amid a lot of tossing and turning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 14, 2007
Daneizomenos stoiheia ap' ta opoia o Richard Linklater ehei bgalei olokliri tainia me to Waking Life (2001) kai tehnikes poy o Michel Gondry kserei akribos pos kai giati tis hrisimopoiei, o Paltrow honei mesa kai typiki kardia romantikis istorias, gia na
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 18, 2008
As a comedy of male delusion, Night seems to shrink from its flimsy dramatic subtexts; as a probing of dream and reality in love, its pretensions to depth suggest a neutered comedic courage: Woody Allen-lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 2, 2007
Director Jake Paltrow's feature debut has all the hallmarks of an earnest young man's feature debut, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I can only imagine that it fit Sundance like a fingerless glove when it had its premiere there.
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
January 18, 2008
Despite some wry humour, the miscast leads and sour tone are as out of place in this Woody Allen landscape as Gwyneth's silly wig.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Skimming through comedy, satire and cautionary tale, it's all somewhat vague - exasperatingly so when suggestive artiness seems to have been intended. Not as clever as it thinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Jan Stuart
October 4, 2007
The Good Night has flashes of bookish wit, but never quite recovers from the metronomic monotony of its first half.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 5, 2007
The comedy of male midlife angst dates back at least to The Seven-Year Itch, when it was sweet and innocent. Each time it is recycled, it gets more sour and joyless.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 5, 2007
As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2007
The sort of movie you forget even as you're watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 18, 2008
Such a big grey blanket of misery it should have been called "Eternal Cloud Cover".
Matthew Turner
January 17, 2008
The Good Night toys with some interesting ideas but it never quite works, largely because none of the characters are particularly likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
October 1, 2007
Unsympathetic characters, a lead performer that does not register, and a script that comes across like improvisations do not bode well for Jake Paltrow's debut feature.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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