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Off the Black Reviews

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March 19, 2013
Nolte nails the particular tragedy of the past-his-prime ex-high-school athlete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2011
The leads are good, and Timothy Hutton is memorably off-putting as the pitcher's disengaged dad. But having created the aching umpire, Ponsoldt occupies him with some fairly shopworn situation.
December 15, 2010
Nolte is a flawed mentor in uncertain indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2008
To put it plainly, most of Off the Black is simply terrible.
May 25, 2007
Ponsoldt's debut is full of quiet heartache, and effectively establishes a consistent melancholy tone. And Nolte is exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 2, 2007
Just a simple little "people drama," nothing more, but a very well-crafted and heartfelt one all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2007
"Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age.
February 1, 2007
A modest drama fueled by Nick Nolte's gutsy lead performance as a disheveled 57-year-old junkyard proprietor who's been as flattened by life as the rusty old cars he crushes.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2007
The material is awfully familiar, and first-time director James Ponsoldt paces the entire 90 minutes so slowly that you might think he's talking about chess rather than baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 12, 2007
Just 'off the black' is a baseball term for a pitch that's a fraction off from being a really good strike. Same here, this movie is just a fraction off from being a really good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 11, 2007
OFF THE BLACK is a small picture that might get lost amidall the holiday hoopla and Oscar-bait fare that is clogging the cineplexes. It's worth seeking out; those who do will find a sweet but not saccharine story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 30, 2006
Nolte almost makes it work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 27, 2006
[S]mart, bone-dry, but ultimately distant indie...
December 22, 2006
Off the Black is a small, dry, emotionally loaded short story that has been carried to film like baked fish to a platter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2006
Writer-director James Ponsoldt's film treats big subjects -- loneliness, coming-of-age and father-son relationships -- with such half-baked conviction, it's a wonder the screen doesn't redden with embarrassment.
December 15, 2006
...There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good first impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
The beauty of this film lies in its sense of promise. All the characters are in crisis, yet no one completely falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
Throughout the film, there is a sense that the actors know a lot about these characters and that they believe in them. The result is a movie that we believe in, no matter where it goes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
There's something very right with Off the Black in terms of pure emotion and performance craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2006
Tells a familiar story, but does it well enough to merit a passing grade.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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