Middle of the Night Reviews
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.
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.