Opening Night Reviews

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March 23, 2019
Tying back to A Woman Under the Influence... [Cassavetes] explores what happens when women don't play their prescribed roles.
March 14, 2019
Rowlands takes the movie by the throat...
October 16, 2018
Opening Night is exactly the sort challenging film that we should consider when examining the adventurous breadth of a genre that cannot, and should not, be nailed down by any simple definition or formula.
July 5, 2016
Cassavetes's most cleverly constructed film is also a definitive lesson in the death-defying, all-consuming art of acting, proof of a madness beyond the Method.
April 18, 2014
An occasionally infuriating but ultimately affecting drama.
September 11, 2008
Intriguing but enigmatic backstage theater melodrama with shades of All About Eve.
August 11, 2008
The unpredictability of Rowlands' character brings one surprise after another to the narrative as the other characters scramble to accommodate or cajole her, and the surprises are often as funny as they are intensely dramatic.
July 28, 2008
Gena Rowlands turns in another virtuoso performance as the troubled actress. Cassavetes' highly personal work will please his coterie of enthusiasts, but for general audiences it will be viewed as shrill, puzzling, depressing and overlong.
July 28, 2008
John Cassavetes was unique in his visions and his films.
July 28, 2008
As per usual it features a superb cast, including the ever-present Gena Rowlands, who successfully improvise their way the film.
July 28, 2008
Juggling onstage and offstage action, Cassavetes makes this a fascinating look at some of the internal mechanisms and conflicts that create theatrical fiction.
June 23, 2008
As densely layered and difficult as anything else Cassavetes ever directed, as dense as any American film from the 1970s.
June 15, 2007
the film is almost suffocatingly long, even though its ideas about actors, acting and real life are among Cassavetes's most intriguing.
June 15, 2007
As you might expect, coming from indie godfather John Cassavetes, 1977's Opening Night is something else, a weird, raw, ragged portrait of an actress on the verge of a
June 15, 2007
The film of the week is 30 years old and hasn't aged a day. It's John Cassavetes's Opening Night, a truly mesmerising study of anxiety and identity crisis in theatreland.
June 15, 2007
Woody Allen said that he could watch a Bergman movie and feel himself gripped as if by a thriller; that's how I felt watching this restored version of John Cassavetes's 1977 picture Opening Night
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June 15, 2007
The camerawork is instinctively fluid, the performances savage - this is one of the best films about theatre ever made.
June 15, 2007
Opening Night is a truly grand unveiling of our innermost fears.
August 30, 2006
Another of Cassavetes' puzzling, personal, neurotic, and often brilliant productions that would have benefited from editing with a scythe.
January 26, 2006
At once a lament to the ravages of age and an examination of those tiny foibles which separate reality from dramatic artifice, it's a baffling and intricate film which, although light on conventional pleasures, still manages to provoke and beguile.
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