Some Velvet Morning (2013)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Some Velvet Morning Videos

Some Velvet Morning Photos

Movie Info

Fred (Stanley Tucci) arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress Velvet (Alice Eve) after four years apart, claiming to have finally left his wife. But when she rejects his attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence evolves into obsession - and a dark history between the former lovers comes into focus. A return to form for writer/director Neil LaBute (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS), SOME VELVET MORNING is an astutely written portrait of a very modern romance. (c) Tribeca
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:

Watch it now

Cast

News & Interviews for Some Velvet Morning

Critic Reviews for Some Velvet Morning

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

With Some Velvet Morning, LaBute returns to the provocative style that made his name.

Full Review… | December 20, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though LaBute wrote this for the screen, I mistakenly decided that it must have originated onstage... because the oblique, heavily freighted dialogue seems too elegant and artful for a medium dominated by hacks.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A sad example of what sometimes happens when a writer of gripping stage plays controls his own independent movie to his own selfish, labored self-satisfaction.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

I came away from this malevolent exercise with the sense that these two add up to little more than the sum of their awfulness.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
NPR
Top Critic

This smallest of films marks a welcome return to the world of interpersonal miniature for the writer-director. I hope he stays here a while.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Well worth watching and arguing over.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Some Velvet Morning

½

Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve bring dynamite to the stage and light it when ready. Their power struggle of verbal abuse to destroy one another makes this a great watch as if it felt it was created for the stage. Those who can't stand a film that features only 2 actors talking in real time in one small location will not gain pleasure. The others who love great dialogue and an interesting character plot will find much to enjoy.

David Gutermann
David Gutermann

One of the best movies I've seen in a very long time and quite original. Go in with low expectations (rule of thumb for all movies IMO) and you will be drawn into the story b/c you want to know wtf is going to happen at the end - how is the male character going to deal with all of this? You think you know where it's going, then halfway through you think "wait, no - I'm wrong" and then the end...the ending is, well watch and see. It's a short movie, grab some wine and just watch.

Jaan  Black
Jaan Black
½

Some Velvet Morning is director Neil LaBute's return to form as a provocative filmmaker after some stumbles at mass audience appeal in cinematic stinkers like The Wicker Man and Lakeshore Terrace. LaBute's better films have all been hard to watch because of their difficult subject matter but he has always been good with his actors. In Some Velvet Morning, we have a highly unlikeable married man, Fred (Stanley Tucci - The Devil Wears Prada), who has just left his wife to show up unannounced on the doorstep of a past mistress, Velvet (Alice Eve - Star Trek Into Darkness). Velvet has moved on and is uncertain what to make of this sudden arrival as she has never kidded herself about reality although through the revealing conversation these two have as the movie unfolds (they are its lone cast members), it becomes apparent Fred obsessively has even though he is supposed to be the more respectable, upstanding member of society. Their conversation is demeaning and degrading and spiteful as the angry Fred appears to have little real respect for this woman and parts of the film may be hard to watch -- one part is nearly unwatchable and detestable -- but the strong acting in Some Velvet Morning pulls us through. It is an interesting film about the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves and each other but it is a hard one to recommend as many probably won't even be able to get through it.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

Some Velvet Morning Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Some Velvet Morning on our Movie forum!

News & Features