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  • Summary: Evening is a deeply emotional film that illuminates the timeless love which binds mother and daughter - seen through the prism of one mother’s life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close. (Focus Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    75
    The film, like the book, is clear-eyed without being clinical, reflective but never maudlin.
  2. It's like a Harlequin romance trying to pass itself off as something deeper and more profound.
  3. It paints its world in pastels, but the subject cries out for vivid colors.
  4. The performances, especially by Hugh Dancy as a sexually confused rich kid, are overwrought, and the script, which Michael Cunningham ("The Hours") wrote in collaboration with Minot, is slack.
  5. Reviewed by: Karl Rozemeyer
    50
    A mistake was made: Evening is a book that would have been best left on the page.
  6. The film is based on a novel by Susan Minot--one of those books where the author doesn't deign to put dialogue in quotation marks for fear of dispelling the dreamlike mood. It works on paper, but Minot, who shares credit for the adaptation with fellow novelist Michael Cunningham, doesn't understand that screenwriting is the art of taking away.
  7. Redgrave still manages to inspire awe, yet a poetically prosaic moment like the one in which she goes chasing after a butterfly is enough to throw a net over the whole thing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. Aug 14, 2011
    8
    the wonderful performances and spectacular work of Elend Kaczmarek on the soundtrack should make people rethink the idea that 100% of films should be full of action, with no time allowed for reflection or absorption Expand

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