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In Search of a Midnight Kiss Reviews

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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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2008
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.
| Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2008
What follows - walking, talking, flirting, fighting - is a charming piece of low-budget, improv-y filmmaking in the tradition of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 19, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a surprising charmer, a wandering modern romantic comedy with enough bittersweet aftertaste to give it substance and enough wit to keep you entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Writer/director Alex Holdridge maintains the intrigue of Wilson and Vivian's dance through a combination of naturalistic dialogue and a magical-realist style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 11, 2008
How incongruous that while veteran studio heads prepare slates of comic book movies, the slackers behind this $12,000 gem have made one of the most mature films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2008
Smart dialogue, an impeccably crafted story, and eye-catching LA locations make this low-budget feature by Alex Holdridge the most worthwhile date movie I've seen in some time.
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
August 28, 2008
Despite some scenes that have the feel of an acting or writing workshop, these are believable, complex characters. Their story has a full measure of Judd Apatow raunch, with a dash of Swingers emotional sweetness.
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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
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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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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2008
Turns into an Internet Age version of Before Sunrise.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 8, 2008
This is the rare movie about the start of something interesting that happens to look a lot like the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 1, 2008
Profane, hilarious and ultimately heartbreaking.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 1, 2008
Holdridge and his cast are going to get a lot of attention on Wilshire Boulevard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 1, 2008
By the end, Holdridge has captured the bittersweet complexities of romance with a wisdom that proves surprisingly seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 1, 2008
Lightly sweetened and just a touch bitter, the romantic comedy In Search of a Midnight Kiss treads familiar if appealing ground.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 31, 2008
Holdridge shows talent, as do his leads, but along with money for popcorn, bring patience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 30, 2008
In Search of a Midnight Kiss overcomes patches of overwriting to end up as a film well worth watching, and Mr. Holdridge as a writer-director to be remembered for future reference.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 28, 2008
To praise the beauty of this film is not enough; what lends it tension is that it's wrapped around people for whom beauty is at best an anachronism and at worst an embarrassing joke.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2008
Showcases promising new talent in front of and behind the camera.
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indieWIRE
June 5, 2008
An affectionate paean to the "City of Angels."
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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
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
June 5, 2008
Midnight Kiss is one of those movies that gradually charms the viewer into strong identification with initially off-putting characters.