(2003)

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70
The Hollywood Reporter
Terrific performances by Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Stoltz and Caroleen Feeney infuse this well-written comic drama with a realistic ease.
70
Shot on location in Manhattan, the film is steeped in understated New York City ambiance and discreetly tinted by Jeffrey M. Taylor's subtle score.
70
Director Mike Bencivenga takes what could so easily have been a trite, cliche-riddled melodrama and instead, somehow turns it into...well, a wry and moving melodrama.
50
Variety
Fortunately bypassing a re-run of "Days of Wine and Roses" but finding little inspiration to freshen an old concept, this tragedy about a lover and a friend helplessly watching the writer's fade-out comes up short of its potential impact.
50
The first hour is eloquent and true. Once the story takes its big turn toward tragedy, though, it becomes predictable and sentimental.
50
New York Post
If only its characters weren't such stereotypes.
50
LaPaglia is a fine actor, but not even he can redeem such bathos.
40
LaPaglia, Feeney and Stoltz soldier bravely through an uninspired, airless script.
38
New York Daily News
Unfortunately, what you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.
20
Every alkie downward-spiral cliché from "The Lost Weekend" to "Leaving Las Vegas."

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