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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Mate swapping is so '70s. But Alan Rudolph, who wrote and directed Afterglow, avoids making it seem dated by presenting the menage a quatre as accidental. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Were this movie a naval battle, it would be Lord Nelson vs. Judd Nelson, so decisively do the older actors knock the younger off the screen. [26Dec1997 Pg03.D] show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    At his best, as he is here, Rudolph is always able to locate the emotional reality inside the dream. [26Dec1997 Pg53] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The plot to this point could be the stuff of soap opera, but there's always something askew in an Alan Rudolph film, unexpected notes and touches that maintain a certain ironic distance while permitting painful flashes of human nature to burst through. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Nick Nolte gives a superb performance and Julie Christie is positively incandescent. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    While these may not be the most unusual themes to fashion into a motion picture, Rudolph's atypical approach to the characters and their situations makes for an intriguing, if not always pleasant, movie. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite his flair for trenchant dialogue, nicely complemented by Mark Isham's bluesy jazz score, Rudolph whets our appetite but then fails to deliver. The picture limps to its ending and leaves us with nothing to hold onto. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    The comedy-drama is worth seeing for Christie's performance as a former B-actress married to a philandering handyman. She radiates a mature sexuality that's a rare treat on screen these days, and when the camera strays from her, you want to reach over and turn it back. show more

  • 80

    Proceedings are further distinguished by Christie who is simply outstanding in a fiercely demanding role. It's an utterly absorbing performance and the keystone of a film which could, with some justification, be labelled a small masterpiece. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Julie Christie is glorious, and that's most of what you need to know about this slight, loosely structured and self-consciously ironic soap opera in which two couples -- one young and troubled, the other older but hardly wiser -- get themselves into a series of fine messes. show more

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