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  • Summary: In a romantic comedy, a man and a woman love each other but everything conspires to drive them apart. Despite their true feelings, they separate now so they can be together later.
    The man and woman are Adam and Mary. But Mary and Adam aren't your typical 20 or 30-year-old couple; they're
    nearing 60. Like many 60-year-old couples of the 21st century, they're high functioning. And what's more, they do it with style. They deftly juggle children, grandchildren, work and friends, with all the joys and disappointments that come with married life. Until one day they realize, to their great surprise, they've entered the senior
    category. And they react to this realization in totally opposite ways. Adam's actions are as frantic as his denial. He desperately looks for a fountain of youth. Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best: taking care of her husband and family. But her “preparations for aging,” though comically malicious, frighten her friends and family. A clash soon becomes inevitable and a separation ineluctable. Children, grandchildren, parents and friends will try to reconcile them. But shouldn't they simply trust life to do that? (Olive Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 13, 2012
    75
    Moves at a poky pace even by American indie standards. But it's worth checking out for the fine cast, which also includes Joanna Lumley as Rossellini's earthy pal, and scene-stealing Doreen Mantle as her tart-tongued but wise mother.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 14, 2012
    70
    An entertaining diversion, mostly because Rossellini and Hurt are a pair of seasoned and graceful pros who know how to work every line and every gesture, and it's great to see them playing characters who are exactly their age.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 11, 2012
    67
    As a portrait of aging, Late Bloomers is a little too easy, but its cast makes it worth a look, even so.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Apr 10, 2012
    60
    She (Rossellini) is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 12, 2012
    50
    As more characters, including the couple's three children - enter the picture, Late Bloomers loses its narrative thread and becomes so choppy that you have the sense that it was butchered during the editing process. What remains is the skeleton of a story that leads to an abrupt, icky-cute ending.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 12, 2012
    40
    Though Hurt and Rossellini make a warmly believable couple, they can't overcome the film's biggest drawback: Gavras' own awkward attitude toward aging.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 10, 2012
    20
    Hurt tries on an English accent as if he were in the Walmart changing room and a splendid-in-theory supporting cast - Simon Callow, Joanna Lumley, Arta Dobroshi - either ham it up or make moony eyes. Extra discredit to the embarrassingly jaunty score by Sodi Marciszewer, which should be taken behind the recording studio and shot.

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  1. Jun 28, 2012
    4
    Late Bloomers, a comedy-drama about an aged couple who have different reactions to their aging is redeemed almost solely by its central performances by William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. They give the film a boost it otherwise doesn't deserve. Gavras' ideas on aging are both typical and odd. The film is also weighed down by an all to lively trumpet filled score by Sodi Marciszewer that is definitely not suited to the film's tone. Overall, though, Late Bloomers is pretty much painless. Collapse

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