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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. DanH.
    Jul 4, 2008
    10
    Great Movie, Tense exciting and romantic
  2. 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
  3. TonyB.
    Dec 17, 2007
    7
    This is a multi-textured, multi-layered film that deserves much more than it got from American audiences and critcs. Its non-linear script, superb acting and effective production design make it a winner. Expand
  4. WillH.
    Jul 2, 2007
    2
    What a disappointment! I knew when I started counting the illuminated exit signs in the theater 45 minutes into the film that we were on a downward spiral. With such a stellar cast, I wondered if anyone actually read the script beforehand? The film is so plodding and lackluster that when Meryl Streep finally shows up at the end you hope for salvation. The actual short scene with Streep and Redgrave is riveting, unfortunately it only lasts minutes. Rent the DVD and fast forward to the last 20 minutes. Expand
  5. FranceL.
    Apr 30, 2008
    2
    Wrapping a film in luscious sets, peopling a film with gifted actors, decorating a film with lovely music, does not a good movie make if, at its core, it consists of poorly written dialogue, lacks any uniting tension to justify the viewer's interest, and contains too many disjointed scenes in dire need of editing. Expand
  6. Jennifer
    Jul 21, 2007
    2
    With a great song from Dido on the trailer and a cast full or great actresses how could you go wrong. That is what I thought going into the film. I took my mom and grandmother and my grandmother was the only one who enjoyed it. My mother and I felt like it was two hours of our lives we would never get back. The film kept the same pace the entire time. A very dull place. Meryl Streep was only in the movie for all of 10 minutes if that. As soon as she made her exit it was back to dull again. I can't speak on the movie in detail because there is absolutely nothing to say. I left that movie figuring out how to salvage the rest of my day. Expand
  7. JF.
    Jul 28, 2007
    0
    Halfway through the film, I had to escape, so I got up, went into the lobby and talked to the lone ticket taker about the history of the theater and life in general. Since my aged Aunt was inside Expand

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