Blind Date
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A married couple deal with a crushing loss in a way that's both funny and deeply sad in this comedy-drama from director, screenwriter and star Stanley Tucci. Don (Tucci) and his wife Janna (Patricia Clarkson) meet every night in the same shabby nightclub where Don performs a humorously shambolic magic act. Don and Janna's relationship has been on the verge of collapse since the death of their daughter, and they're trying to reconnect with each other through role playing, so each evening they pretend they're meeting for the first time on a blind date after discovering one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Ultimately, the joke goes on too long -- for the couple and for us -- and the film fades away before the final fade-out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Too psychological and "film school" for some but a fine homage to Theo Van Gogh's integrity and courage as a filmmaker and student of the human condition."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"[Patricia] Clarkson has the ability to make any character interesting, but if there's ever been a test of how enjoyable it is to watch a film just because she's in it, this is it."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Tucci has such a disdain for subtlety that he doesn't even allow the viewer to suss out for themselves what made-up identities Don and Janna have assumed in each encounter."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"The film never lifts itself above its origin as a well-meaning, underdeveloped exercise."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"It's overly faithful to the original and to Van Gogh's preferred three-camera setup."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A depressing tale of a couple whose relationship is running on empty."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Merely a depressing curiosity."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"A well-written and insightful drama built around two beautifully modulated performances by Tucci (who directed) and the always-marvelous Patricia Clarkson."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"A remake of a film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, it fails to captivate despite -- or perhaps because of -- the frantic acting efforts of Tucci and the normally reliable Patricia Clarkson."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's the kind of two-hander that relies solely on the chemistry of the actors, both of whom banter, parry and bum rush their way through various left turns with grace. Their pas de deux almost makes up for this threadbare tragedy's no-win endgame. Almost."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Boasts natural, well-nuanced performances by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, but it's often an awkward blend of romance, drama, comedy and tragedy that eventually becomes tedious and dull while leaving you underwhelmed and unmoved."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Far more than an actors' exercise, this theatrical piece conveys the heartbreak of a married couple who have lost their 5-year-old daughter in an auto accident."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"As a theatrical filmic exercise, "Blind Date" is a fair experiment. Just don't go expecting to see a movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, Daily Radar
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