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In Search of a Midnight Kiss Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2008
The leaps of faith Midnight Kiss demands are many. Among them: If Vivian acts the way she does on their arranged date, why does Wilson worry about impressing her, even for a second, even on New Year's Eve?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2008
Shockingly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Karina Longworth
August 4, 2008
A visually stunning love letter to the much-maligned city...It's when the actors open their mouths that I start to have a problem.
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Anna King
Time Out
July 31, 2008
She's all long blond hair and cigarettes; he's scruffy and affable. But they're no Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; the dynamic between the pair is often flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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John Anderson
July 31, 2008
Holdridge shows talent, as do his leads, but along with money for popcorn, bring patience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 15, 2008
The confluence of events allows the film to arrive somewhere that may not be original, but feels other times, the film seems to be chasing the same old indie dragon of quirky escapades that can be shot on the cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
There is no magic here. This is not Paris, these are not Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and Holdridge's script does not give us a reason to care what happens to these characters.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
If it were a parody of relationship-youth pictures, In Search of a Midnight Kiss would maybe be tolerable, but writer-director Alex Holdridge seems to be playing it with a straight face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
August 1, 2008
Holdridge's film is painfully undermined by its central characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Shot in black and white and edited extremely well, Kiss is funny and consistently credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 5, 2008
One of those raunchy-funny, smart and bittersweet no-budget movies that restores your faith in indie film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss isn't a homage or a recycling job. It's a film with its own organic existence, its own reason for being. It is ultimately a very true and moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
August 5, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is wonderfully romantic and romantically bittersweet. It's not about forever; it's about now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
August 1, 2008
A wholly original and funny movie with superior writing and wonderful performances. Honest,bittersweet and heartfelt. If you're in search of a memorable film experience, here is your choice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2008
Boasts an endearingly idiosyncratic, unfussy vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
August 11, 2008
Shot entirely in black and white, this endearing, low budget indie offers as compelling a combination of character development, credible dialogue and surprising plot twists as you're likely to encounter between now and New Year's Eve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
June 5, 2008
Honestly one of those films that, when you see it, you're hooked.
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Kevin Craft
Miami Herald
April 6, 2015
The film never finds an original voice or qualifies its tagline (It's not just another kiss), but it is more enjoyable than most New Year's Eve celebrations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
August 28, 2008
With a different cast -- and fewer saccharine-cutting jokes -- the film might be completely dismissible. But all the actors have a charm.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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