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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Anne Tyler, A Slippping Down Life is the story of the unusual courtship of an awkward young woman and a charismatic singer/songwriter, and the profound effect that their unlikely relationship has on each other's lives. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. 88
    A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    The casting of Taylor gives the film a powerful center, a bright light that keeps it on course.
  3. Although mood often substitutes for momentum in Ms. Kalem's film, both of her stars give affecting performances, and there's growth on both sides of the unlikely romance.
  4. 40
    Writer-director Toni Kallem generates some touching moments (most of them involving Tom Bower as Taylor's wisp of a father), but this never surmounts the woeful miscasting of its two leads.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    A curiously bland drama that fails to fulfill the promise of its early scenes.
  6. 40
    Pearce can sing, but Drum's trademark "speaking out" -- free-associative ramblings that recall Jim Morrison of the Doors at his most embarrassingly pretentious -- falls far short of the hypnotic effect Tyler describes.
  7. Released in theaters five years after its 1999 Sundance Film Festival premiere, Kalem's film is too precious, too self-conscious and far too enamored with itself to ever have any kind of genuine emotional truth.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JamesH
    Dec 7, 2009
    5
    In spite of Guy Pearce's enigmatic performance, the film is too slow moving and strange to be successful. Lili Taylor is once again In spite of Guy Pearce's enigmatic performance, the film is too slow moving and strange to be successful. Lili Taylor is once again bland, but she does give a decent performance. I am supposed to care about some obsessed nutcase that carves the name of her idol with broken glass on her forehead? Don't thinkl so! Pearce does his own singing and is quite good. Expand

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