The Good Night
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Written and directed by Jake Paltrow, the romantic comedy The Good Night stars Martin Freeman as a onetime pop superstar who has swallowed his pride and now makes a living as a jingle writer. Although he has a steady relationship with a longtime girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow), he has become bored with her even though he loves her and dreams often of his idealized perfect woman (Penélope Cruz). One day he meets that dream girl in the flesh, forcing him to confront his feelings for his girlfriend head-on.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Skimming through comedy, satire and cautionary tale, it's all somewhat vague - exasperatingly so when suggestive artiness seems to have been intended. Not as clever as it thinks."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The sort of movie you forget even as you're watching it."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Flawed, but with enough interest to suggest Jake Paltrow may be one to keep an eye out for in future."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The Good Night is a superlative feature film from Jake Paltrow; a fulfilling buffet of aches and pains from the discontented, poured into an amusing, uneasy comedic fantasy that barely misses a step."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"As a comedy of male delusion, Night seems to shrink from its flimsy dramatic subtexts; as a probing of dream and reality in love, its pretensions to depth suggest a neutered comedic courage: Woody Allen-lite."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"The tone is all over the place."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"...a low-key yet consistently engaging effort..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Writer-director Jake Paltrow's (yes, brother of Gwennie) debut feature is exquisitely romantic, painful, and riotous; everyone's lonely and going about it wrong."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Such a big grey blanket of misery it should have been called "Eternal Cloud Cover"."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The Good Night doesn't quite know where to go with this potentially rich, unsettling material."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"The comedy of male midlife angst dates back at least to The Seven-Year Itch, when it was sweet and innocent. Each time it is recycled, it gets more sour and joyless."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This sleepyhead Prince Charming is in for a rude awakening when the choosy, chain smoking Anna, actual female that she is, finds him an annoying loser, and at best undesirable. Au revoir, unconditional love. Someone wake me when it's over."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"If the hero has trouble dozing off, that's not a problem which will affect many viewers of this movie."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"A mish-mash of secondhand ideas, with some real misfires."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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