Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Seeking romance and an escape from her repressive home life, a teacher begins to haunt singles bars, participating in a number of unsatisfying affairs. This drama, based on a true story, culminates in tragedy when the teacher's quest… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1977
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Diane Keaton gives an absolutely fearless performance in a sexual thriller whose ending will leave audiences trembling.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

What makes the film ... so fascinating and repellent at once is precisely the confusion and anxiety it articulates about women's sexual freedom.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Looking for Mr. Goodbar is very much worth seeing, particularly for the Diane Keaton performance.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A rough, tough ride, with a surprisingly edgy Keaton performance.

Variety Staff

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.

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Adam Lippe

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Despite a solid lead performance, the film is off-putting rather than involving.

Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Apesar da atuação forte e corajosa de Keaton, que surpreende em um papel totalmente diferente do habitual, o filme é aborrecido e irremediavelmente datado.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
Diane Keaton gives a riveting performance here and it shows. Also starring the film debut of Richard Gere with a powerful film soundtrack score from some of the… More
Brian R
Former good girl Theresa(Diane Keaton) moves out of her parent''s home to forge a life of her own. During the day she teaches deaf children, but at… More
Danny Rovira
A provocative edgy drama based on the best-selling novel by Judith Rossner, about a repressed young teacher named Theresa Dunn, brilliantly played by Diane… More
Audrey Lush
This film is one of the greatest I have ever seen. Adapted fairly well from the book,it is a commentary on the free love/sex era of the 70's. Diane Keaton… More
Juli Ryan
Diane Keaton's performance is stunning. And I am fairly certain that I have dated Richard Gere's character. However, I was a bit disappointed that the… More

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