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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Has an oddness and whimsicality about it that can, at first, be confused for authenticity. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A sluggish, tedious film about lost souls living dead-end lives in a dead-end town. Their actions often defy rationality. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Although mood often substitutes for momentum in Ms. Kalem's film, both of her stars give affecting performances, and there's growth on both sides of the unlikely romance. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    While the movie is content to be merely atmospheric, the performances convince you that here are two misfits who might be a perfect fit. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I have not read the Anne Tyler novella from which the movie is adapted, but it is clear from the earliest scenes that Evie and Drumstrings are of a different generation from 37-year-old Taylor and 36-year-old Pearce. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is not a great dramatic statement, but you know that from the modesty of the title. It is about movement in emotional waters that had long been still. Taylor makes it work because she quietly suggests that when Evie's life has stalled, something drastic was needed to shock her back into action, and the carving worked as well as anything. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Taylor is utterly believable even when the screenplay (from an Anne Tyler novel) is too self-consciously quirky, and Pearce nicely portrays the guy she obsesses over. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Mostly, by story's end, we're just glad they and their unfortunate clothing are out of our sight for good. show more

  • 38
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Kalem's grasp of dramatic storytelling is no firmer, and the disorderly film merely chases its tail for the second half, going nowhere fast. show more

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