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  • Summary: Fred (Stanley Tucci) arrives at the doorstep of his beautiful young mistress Velvet (Alice Eve) after four years apart, claiming to have finally left his wife. But when she rejects his attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence evolves into obsession, and a dark history between the former lovers comes into focus. [Tribeca Film] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 5, 2013
    91
    LaBute has consistently made intriguing, often idiosyncratic films in his career, but he hasn't made anything this unsettling and unforgettable in a very long time.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 19, 2013
    80
    This smallest of films marks a welcome return to the world of interpersonal miniature for the writer-director.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Dec 19, 2013
    75
    Tucci and Eve play well off each other, especially when they are slinging ugly revelations back and forth.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Dec 11, 2013
    67
    LaBute has always been fond of the last-second rug-pull that re-contextualizes everything, but Some Velvet Morning’s climactic revelation is distinct from those of his previous films in a specific, intriguing way, one that trades brutality for something more poignant. If only the journey to that destination were a bit more flavorful.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 9, 2013
    60
    Some Velvet Morning is absorbing and enraging, sure to spark debate both about its meaning and its method. More importantly, it’s a phenomenal performance piece, with LaBute capturing the incredible gifts of two masters of pretense.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 12, 2013
    50
    While there’s much to admire in how Mr. Tucci and Ms. Eve perform Mr. LaBute’s artful, apocalyptic duet, this is one seriously out-of-date tune.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Dec 11, 2013
    12
    To watch the film is to wonder once again why Neil LaBute was ever taken seriously as a so-called dramatist of the gulf between the sexes.

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