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  • Summary: Set against the backdrop of the underground music and art scenes in New York, Margarita Happy Hour is a film about life after the party. Five "disreputable" young women meet in the late afternoon hours of half price drink specials and jabber uninhibitedly about life, libidos, and lactation. (Passport Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    Chaiken ably balances real-time rhythms with propulsive incident -- she catches subtler interior strains, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Emerges a surprisingly in-depth, wistful look at outgrowing a youth-only subculture.
  3. Chaiken manages to make the film conversational without seeming talky, the curse of many New York filmmakers, and she has as sure an instinct for the succinct image and brisk pacing as she does for dialogue.
  4. 70
    Ms. Chaiken isn't much interested in melodramatic plot developments. Her talent lies in an evocative, accurate observation of a distinctive milieu and in the lively, convincing dialogue she creates for her characters.
  5. 70
    The film's ensemble portrait of women caught between nostalgia for the tough and free-spirited babes they were (however much that freedom may have been illusory) and uncertainty about what their futures hold is almost painfully on target.
  6. Breaks in the film's otherwise smooth continuum, however, are bridged by Hutchins' soulful performance, and by Chaiken's excellent feel for the grace notes and steady tempo of native New York life, the sacredness of female friendship, and the precarious balance between love for oneself and for others.
  7. The production is as gaily colored as the margaritas, but the overall result is wan.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 3