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Off the Black Reviews

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James Berardinelli
December 5, 2006
The story's lack of freshness is partially counterbalanced by solid acting and effective character development but, in the end, Off the Black fails to leave an impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
December 8, 2006
Despite some nice touches, this is the sort of too-precious indie film that gives its characters unnecessary quirks (like diabetes) to make them more 'real'.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 5, 2006
Nick Nolte's grizzled, alcoholic recluse mentors Trevor Morgan's unhappy teen in Off the Black, a heartwarming tale that's been told a thousand times before, and with considerably more spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 4, 2008
To put it plainly, most of Off the Black is simply terrible.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 8, 2006
If your film is as downbeat and deflated as this one, you had better be leading up to a more interesting insight than, 'The older I get, the more I know that I don't know anyone.'
| Original Score: 1/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Nolte is a flawed mentor in uncertain indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 27, 2006
It's a baseball drama/comedy that relies on Nick Nolte to not only hit a home run but pitch a shutout.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
December 8, 2006
Although Nolte gives a thoroughly masterful performance, one great actor is never enough. Film, like baseball, is a team sport.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Harvey S. Karten
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+
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Andrew O'Hehir
December 7, 2006
The movie is so restrained, and holds back so much on conventional plot and characterization, that its emotional impact is severely blunted.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 7, 2006
Playing a cantankerous, beer-swigging human wreck of a man for the umpteenth time, Nolte is very good but very familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 8, 2006
Sometimes a movie pretends to be more than it is. In this case, it pretends to be good.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 30, 2006
Nolte almost makes it work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nina MacLaughlin
Boston Phoenix
March 19, 2013
Nolte nails the particular tragedy of the past-his-prime ex-high-school athlete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
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
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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