Same Time, Next Year (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Same Time, Next Year




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Based on Bernard Slade's Broadway play, this film is about George, a married New Jersey accountant, and Doris, a housewife. The two accidentally meet in a Californian country inn in 1951. The two have an affair, which they continue for the next 25 years, meeting only once a year.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Slade
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On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
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Alan Alda
as George
Ivan Bonar
as Chalmers
Cosmo Sardo
as Second Waiter
David Northcutt
as Pilot No. 1
William Cantrell
as Pilot No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Same Time, Next Year

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Well done filmed play absorbs us in the characters' lives.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Classic Film and Television

It's funny, sad, unexpected and moving. Just like life and its relationships

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Urban Cinefile

An overlong, tiresome, excessively theatrical comedy, based on Bernard Slade's play, about a 25 year tryst of a married man and married woman (Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for Same Time, Next Year

A man and a woman meet every year to carry on a multi-decade affair.
Two-handers, plays or films with only two characters, require two excellent actors who can carry the film. Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are two such actors, but this film needs more than their strong work. What makes the film ultimately fail is the inconsistency of the characters. Even though Alda does well in this scene, it's difficult to imagine the man we've been getting to know for the last hour turning into a callous conservative prick. The same is true for the scene in which Doris comes in decked in full hippie gear. Also, George's neuroticism occasionally gets annoying, a fault of the script giving him ridiculous lines that -- once again -- aren't consistent with the rest of the character.
Overall, Burstyn and Alda do their best, but crazy glue couldn't hold this film together.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

I saw 20 minutes from the middle of this on TV probably five years ago and thought "looks pretty good." I think they were the best 20 minutes of the movie. Overall, this one comes off like your average community theatre play, and it appears to have a lot of lines that would have worked better on stage. The problem (well, a problem, there are a quite a few) is that this was shot as though it were on stage, in a lot of long shots in front of cheap scenery. The acting is so-so, but the dialogue is brutal - fast-forward the first 15 minutes or more, you won't miss anything - and the plot clunks along. And yet, strangely, the story does gets its hooks in you. You can't stop watching. You need to know how it ends. Unfortunately, this is just mediocre or worse on so many levels that the interesting premise can't save it.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

ellen burstyn is an actress of almost limitless ability as she shows here.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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