Slipping Down Life
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Making its world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, this story adapted for the screen and directed by first-timer Toni Kalem is based on the Anne Tyler novel of the same name. The story deals with finding love in a dead-end life. Evie (Lili Taylor) is a loner, living with her widowed father, who works at an aging kiddie park where she is a costumed cartoon character. One night she hears the words and music of a musician named Drumstrings Casey (Guy Pearce) on the radio, and Evie is immediately infatuated by him. She attends his concerts and falls in love with him. The problem is he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's interesting, not fascinating, intriguing, not electrifying. But for those in the mood for an offbeat pleasure, A Slipping Down Life may well satisfy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A perplexing, dark and brooding exercise."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The predictable plot lurches forward elliptically, and it's difficult to sustain interest in it."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Has a lot going for it, but not nearly all it should have."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Never cuts much deeper than its subject."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Independent films like to equate smallness with authenticity, but sometimes, unfortunately, they're just small."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"The two stars were not right for the parts."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Slipping Down Life has been sitting on the shelf since 1999, and it's not hard to see why."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An underwhelming misfire of muddled tone and equally unclear emotion."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Weaves a fragile --- and often funny --- spell."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"What at first seems like observed, exaggerated truth soon reveals itself as a series of writerly conceits being followed doggedly to some logical conclusion."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"If not entirely successful, at least ambitious and, for a long while, even brave."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"There's probably not much of an audience for a turgid drama whose monotonous tempo rarely fluctuates from one scene to the next."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Alternately gloomy and silly stuff."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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