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  • Summary: An English-language remake of Theo Van Gogh's award winning 1996 Dutch film, Blind Date is the
    story of an estranged couple who are desperately trying to reconcile after the tragic death of their daughter. Unable to face either their grief or each other, they go a series of “blind dates”,
    each placing personal ads in the paper and pretending to be strangers when they meet. They do this over and over again, playing a series of different roles, in an attempt to overcome the pain and rebuild their shattered relationship. (Variance Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    A sometimes hilarious, often wrenching pas de deux between actors Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.
  2. 60
    It’s the kind of two-hander that relies solely on the chemistry of the actors, both of whom banter, parry and bum rush their way through various left turns with grace. Their pas de deux almost makes up for this threadbare tragedy’s no-win endgame. Almost.
  3. It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.
  4. 50
    The self-consciousness of the premise and the playlike structure of Blind Date clash with the naturalism of Mr. Tucci and Ms. Clarkson’s acting styles, and the film never lifts itself above its origin as a well-meaning, underdeveloped exercise.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Stagey pacing and unnecessary magic-realist voiceover aside, the film's ultimate failure as moving melodrama is that we experience these two acting as a dance partner, a reporter--even a blind man--but we never get who they really are, beyond grieving parents.
  6. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    50
    Under Tucci's direction, Blind Date careens into tedium as the couple plays out permutations of a blind-date pairing.
  7. 50
    Set in a bar that echoes the far superior "Big Night," this labored two-hander plays more like an acting exercise than an actual movie.
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