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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
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 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 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 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
December 8, 2006
Writer-director James Ponsoldt's first feature is a small, modest movie structured around a fairly simple situation that leaves plenty of room for some fine performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2006
...Off the Black is a low-key, but powerful drama that allows some great actors to do what they do best.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 8, 2006
Off the Black should at least make us remember that Nolte has quietly aged into one of our strongest actors, and one of the few dedicated to taking on big roles no matter how small the picture, or the payday.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2006
As good as Nolte is, the relatively unknown Morgan matches him scene for scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2006
Off the Black is a modest, bittersweet character study that hits its mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2006
Nick Nolte delivers an unexpectedly moving turn in Off the Black, James Ponsoldt's baseball-themed story of regret and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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