Permanent Midnight
Permanent Midnight (1998)

This drama is adapted from the autobiography of comedy writer Jerry Stahl. Stahl's $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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 1998
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aimless storytelling undermines the gripping, unsettling subject of this film.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie gets credit for not making the high life seem colorful or funny.

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Glenn Lovell

Stiller's attempted image makeover, though admirable, doesn't make it.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stiller's forceful performance does his character a solid.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

As enveloping as it is darkly cautionary!

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Unsettling and-yes-often scorchingly funny!

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Stiller's fearless performance makes it painfully and graphically clear that being a junkie is an exhausting full-time job.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The trouble is that it's hard to care!

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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

Wicked sense of humor!

Cole Smithey

A movie to slit your wrist to.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A television writer's heroin addiction sinks his career goals and his marriage. Usually I give no credence to people who say that a protagonist needs to be… More
Michael Gildea
Pretty well done, but incredibly dry. The scene where Stiller is having sex with the German woman is surreal.
Kevin M. Williams
Stiller in a darkly dramatic turn as a successful Hollywood writer undone by heroin use, and the fact that no one takes him seriously, least of all himself. It… More
Erin Collins
Parts of this movie were really shocking, such as Stiller's character bringing his baby daughter on drug runs and driving her around while high. I thought… More
William Dunmyer
"Permanent Midnight" is one of the shallowest movies I've ever seen. It is also bizarrely off in tone and pitch. It is based on a memoir about… More
Kevin L
Unlike a movie Ben Stiller has ever been in.He is of course best known for his stupid humor style of comedy.Permanent Midnight brillantly showcases his more… More