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  • Summary: Fearlessly following one couple's descent from the giddy high of new love into the inevitable mire of everyday routine, Flannel Pajamas is that rare film that dares to feature characters as endearing and messy as those that inhabit our real lives. (Gigantic Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. 90
    So truly and exceptionally fine, a spiny and dispassionate little masterpiece of a marriage movie.
  2. 75
    Strong performances and sharp dialogue distinguish Jeff Lipsky's melancholy second feature, which charts the two-year course of a "perfect" relationship whose flaws are evident from the outset.
  3. The hero remains such an exhibitionistically cocky, walled-off jerk that Flannel Pajamas' glib conversational ''candor'' yields no mystery. And that's a problem in two hours of talk.
  4. The script is overwritten and has too many themes--suicide, abuse, anti-Semitism--to support, but Nicholson does remarkable work in an unsympathetic role, helped by Lipsky's fine control of his characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    At a full two hours, Lipsky's talky movie is more compelling in its second half, when the spouses finally get around to being themselves.
  6. For all the time we spend watching Justin and Nicole negotiate their needs, we have no idea who these people are.
  7. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    20
    The thing is, these chatty, pedantic, annoying characters are simply not interesting enough to follow for five minutes, let alone over two hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. JerryM.
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    "One of the wisest films I can remember about love and human intimacy. I will not forget it." Roger Ebert That about says it all.
  2. DanielM.
    Nov 17, 2006
    10
    Haunting...one of my favorite films of 2006.
  3. GregoryM.
    Nov 24, 2006
    2
    This movie is a DOWNER. The charachters are boring, sad, fickle people, and the filim never offers any real insights into their relationship. This is a cold movie and it will leave you dissatisfied, in a bad mood, and $10 worse for the wear. Expand
  4. EvieB.
    Sep 4, 2007
    2
    Wow, this movie was really boring. And it irritated me that the seasons never changed. When they went to Montana for Christmas, the leaves were just turning. When they got married in June, the leves were just turning. Bad art direction. Collapse
  5. drewH.
    Aug 11, 2007
    1
    This is going on the very bottom shelf. If you believe the failures of marriage are best expressed in a masochistic, tedious two hours full of unbelievably self-involved individuals who lack the humor and self-awareness to be relatable, then this is the torture rod for you. Maybe stereotypical "Neurotic New Yorkers" (as in the roughly two percent of the city that actually lives in posh 36 floor Tribeca flats) feels this way about marriage but that species is by all accounts, insane. That and the dialog is incredulous and the acting doesn't get around it. So many loose ends are never developed... like did the mother have Alzheimer's or what? This movie needs to be beaten with a humor stick and so does the scriptwriter's face. Mercilessly. Expand