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The Nobody's Fool (1994) team of Paul Newman, director Robert Benton, and scripter Richard Russo reassembled for this L.A. detective drama, beginning with a Puerto Vallarta prologue showing private eye Harry Ross (Newman) accidentally shot by 17-year-old Mel Ames (Reese Witherspoon) during his efforts to get her to return home. Two years later, the broke and divorced Ross lives in a garage apartment on the estate of Mel's parents, his movie-star friends Jack and Catherine Ames (Gene Hackman and Susan Sarandon). The cancer-ridden Jack is not unaware that Harry is attracted to Catherine.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, Twilight comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A fascinating, elegantly plotted yarn that offers a haunting perspective on who we seem to be, who we are and what really counts."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"neither day nor night and neither fish nor fowl. The picture swaggers from moody mystery to raunchy comedy, and neither style is Benton or Russo's forte."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Mr. Benton's smart script, co-written with Richard Russo, allows the fine cast to explore honor, betrayal and desire among people who have lived long enough to know who they really are."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"In the diminishment of his life, an elder nurtures magnanimity and wears it well."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The movie's story is too obvious in its message, and too absurd in its plotting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie has a hazy, sleepy, and sad look that reminded me (favorably) of Chinatown. Brilliant."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If this movie were cast with no-name actors or even rising stars, it would only be boring and undistinguished. But with a bill full of high-powered names like these, it's a downright disappointment."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A slow moving mystery film that won't appeal to all audiences. It's so good to see this cast working together that you're willing to forgive the film's little shortcomings."
‑ Larry Carroll,
"This smart neo-noir is pretty enjoyable, but it's too dumb for its own good."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Part of Twilight's charm is the way it reconfigures Rio Bravo, El Dorado, and Rio Lobo in the process of making its own discoveries, not so much imitating or appropriating the earlier films as applying their strategies to goals quite alien to Hawks."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Never less than engaging and intelligent."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Imagine a Medicare version of the private eye Paul Newman played in both "Harper" (1966) and "The Drowning Pool" (1976), and you have "Twilight.""
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"As noir, Twilight is a class act."
‑ Melissa Morrison, Boxoffice Magazine
"Director Robert Benton and cowriter Richard Russo have embellished the script with witty repartee that bears comparison with the best of Chandler and Hammett."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
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