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Middle of the Night Reviews

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July 2, 2017
You never get to old for love.....
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2017
Anything written by Paddy Chayefsky is worthy the attention of movie lovers. The only screenwriter to win three Oscars for scripts written by a sole writer, Chayefsky is a master at many things. One of those is his ability to focus on incongruous romances and deliver sharp observations.

Middle of the Night is an honest portrayal of the proverbial May-December romance. The doubts, insecurities and manipulations are all there and director Delbert Mann visualizes it all to near perfection.

Iconic actors Fredric March and Kim Novak have the difficult lead roles - especially Novak whose 24 year old character suffers from "emotional immaturity" issues as March's character calls it. At times she struggles with the material, but she still commands with an undeniable film presence.
July 31, 2014
An amazing film with excellent casting esp Kim Novac (sp) and Fredrick March.
April 12, 2014
Intelligent, though slow moving Paddy Chayefsky film adaptation of his play, directed by "Marty" director Delbert Mann. Fredric March plays a widowed middle age businessman who starts a relationship with a much younger Kim Novak. March and Novak both learn lessons from one another, while everyone around them frowns upon and is suspicious of their relationship. It sounds like Douglas Sirk's "All that Heaven Allows," but if you know screenwriter Chayefsky's work, you know that your going to get more of naturalistic human drama rather than over-the-top melodrama. I've never been a huge fan of March, but I love Novak and she gives a wonderful and complex performance. I remember recently watching "Jeanne Eagels" and wondering if Novak was out of her depth with heavy drama, but this film definitely reassured me that she is a strong actress who can deliver a complex and three dimensional character. Overall, March and Novak's characters are well drawn and it's an intelligent script, but the pace of the film drags along to the film's inevitable conclusion.
August 24, 2013
Old-fashioned sober drama.
December 25, 2012
This movie is solid! It has a great cast and a groundbreaking story. It was way better than I thought it would be. Kim Novak is great alongside Fredric March!
Super Reviewer
February 18, 2012
Solid drama of older March falling for young insecure Kim. Both leads are excellent, Kim in her peak years and having just come off of Vertigo is a neurotic mess but it fits her part, and present their flawed but decent characters simply. The people in their lives are shown in dark tones perhaps a little heavily so perhaps to illustrated the disapproval of society to such a relationship in the 50's. It does lend a heavy tone to the film though since almost without exception they are a smothering and cruel bunch.
May 13, 2009
Older man/younger woman relationship drama benefits from low key treatment, with Fredric March and Kim Novak doing a fine job communicating the awkwardness and uncertainty of their pairing.

Straight forward and well acted, though Novak's performance is, at times, too busy and unconvincing. What really impresses is the convincing sense of time and place and the strong supporting performances.

This is a Paddy Chayefsky play, that he himself adapted for the screen, and his typical attention to detail, and turning over every intellectual and emotional rock, makes this a full meal instead of just a empty snack.
½ September 6, 2008
Worth a look. Quiet, atmospheric, with fairly specific characterizations, as opposed to "types."
Super Reviewer
July 24, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
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