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Off the Black Reviews

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.
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+
December 30, 2006
Nolte almost makes it work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
There's something very right with Off the Black in terms of pure emotion and performance craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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'.
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
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 8, 2006
As good as Nolte is, the relatively unknown Morgan matches him scene for scene.
Read More | 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 7, 2006
Nick Nolte dives beneath the blubber to bare the weary soul of an automobile junkyard operator pushing 60 who also umpires high-school baseball games.
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+
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.
December 7, 2006
Writer-director James Ponsoldt filters old-shoe comfort and easy-does-it drollery through what could have been a downbeat inquiry into the ways men of all ages avoid saying what they really feel.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 6, 2006
We haven't heard much from Nick Nolte since he took that wild 2002 Hawaiian-shirt mug shot. Off the Black proves he's still a great leading actor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
December 5, 2006
A disarmingly droll and insightful indie.
January 27, 2006
Anchored by a terrific performance from Nick Nolte as a grizzled umpire who gets an unexpected second chance at fatherhood, this easygoing comedy-drama plays out slowly but assuredly.