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Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Adapted from Judith Rossner's best-selling novelization of a true story, Richard Brooks's melodrama turns one woman's search for a liberated life into a cautionary tale about promiscuity. After an affair with her college professor, no-longer-good Catholic girl Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton) follows the lead of her hedonistic sister (Tuesday Weld) and moves out of her oppressive family home to forge a life of her own. A compassionate teacher of deaf children by day, Theresa metamorphoses into a sexually free cruiser of singles bars by night. She prefers the satisfying attentions of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Goodbar features flash forwards and flashbacks, hallucinations so hammy they would fit right into a Naked Gun movie and religious and sexual subtext so heavy-handed you'd think if a studio couldn't get Oliver Stone, Brooks would be next on the speed dial."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"Despite a solid lead performance, the film is off-putting rather than involving."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lugubrious and depressing, made noteworthy only for the interesting turn by Keaton."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"One of those deeply flawed classics that you don't necessarily enjoy or even like, but you never forget."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Judith Rossner's calculated bestseller, about a contemporary woman's sexuality and her 'descent' into the world of New York singles bars, gets what it deserves in this old-fashioned adaptation."
‑ , Time Out
"Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Apesar da atuação forte e corajosa de Keaton, que surpreende em um papel totalmente diferente do habitual, o filme é aborrecido e irremediavelmente datado."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A fine thriller, Looking For Mr Goodbar is a reminder that Richard Brooks was a writer-director of rare talent and Diane Keaton is capable of a lot more than being ditsy."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"If you think you know Ms. Keaton -- you don't, until you've seen this one."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Looking for Mr. Goodbar is very much worth seeing, particularly for the Diane Keaton performance."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A rough, tough ride, with a surprisingly edgy Keaton performance."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"One of Keaton's most daring and electrifying performances"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"a none-too-subtle cautionary tale about the dangers of living a hedonistic nightlife masked by a legitimate daylife"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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