Permanent Midnight
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David Veloz made his directorial debut with this drama adapted from the autobiography of comedy writer Jerry Stahl (Ben Stiller), whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty (Maria Bello), who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra (Elizabeth Hurley) and his agent Vola (Lourdes Benedicto). For the TV series "Mr. Chompers" (inspired by ALF), Stahl meets with sitcom exec… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie gets credit for not making the high life seem colorful or funny."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Rollicking! A high-energy adaptation!"
‑ Robert Horton,
"Permanent Midnight offers nothing we haven't seen before."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Constant sequences of drug taking, one after the other, does not a good film make."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Pick it up for Ben Stiller's sake--a great first dramatic role."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"As enveloping as it is darkly cautionary!"
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Stiller's fearless performance makes it painfully and graphically clear that being a junkie is an exhausting full-time job."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Disjointed, uneven, unfocused, and hazy!"
‑ Sandra Ramani, Citysearch
"Comes off as manufactured and synthetic as most Hollywood product."
‑ Michael Dequina,
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Boxoffice Magazine
"Wicked sense of humor!"
‑ Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
"A movie to slit your wrist to."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Easy to appreciate, yet hard to find entertaining."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"Ben Stiller proves his acting chops in this atypical role as a heroin-addicted television writer."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"A profoundly depressing--but riveting--tale!"
‑ , E! Online
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