Seduced and Abandoned

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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 28, 2013
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  • Summary: Director-writer James Toback and Alec Baldwin go to Cannes to solicit funding for a film called "Last Tango in Tikrit" and along the way talk to other filmmakers about the film business in this HBO "documentary."
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 25, 2013
    Every enlightening, poignant or funny word is true in the documentary airing Monday on HBO. The fact that it is so funny eventually becomes strangely sad, which makes the film thoroughly enjoyable but also irresistibly provocative.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 25, 2013
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Oct 25, 2013
    While Seduced and Abandoned may be hard to categorize, it is easy to sum up: amazing.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Oct 25, 2013
    There are knocks in Seduced and Abandoned, but none of them seem that hard.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 28, 2013
    If it’s even partly a put-on, Seduced and Abandoned is nevertheless a fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Oct 31, 2013
    [Toback is] an uneven director, yes, but a frequently brilliant interviewer.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 28, 2013
    It’s all done in a tone of subtly absurdist humor, which is fine but wearing. While explanations of international marketability and aftermarket products may fascinate Hollywood, they soon become white noise.

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  1. Oct 29, 2013
    You know how there are certain projects that critics love just because they think the concept is clever, they like the people, there's a slyYou know how there are certain projects that critics love just because they think the concept is clever, they like the people, there's a sly insider prospective, etc. This is one of those projects. The reviews were good, I like Alec Baldwin, I was expecting to like it. BUT about half way in, I was bored and not really appreciating it.

    The concept is unusual, a movie about making a movie loaded with interviews with real people we all know. Many of the interviews were tedious, (Ryan Gosling an exception)

    Baldwin and James Toback fill in the gaps with lots of footage of themselves engaged in various activities related to making their faux film. This may be entertaining for those who find Baldwin and Toback as fascinating as they themselves apparently believe they are.

    The critics may like it, I was disappointed. Feel like this is a case of "The Emperors New Clothes," nothing really there.

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