Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While the movie is content to be merely atmospheric, the performances convince you that here are two misfits who might be a perfect fit.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has an oddness and whimsicality about it that can, at first, be confused for authenticity.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Taylor does that thing she does when she whispers as if she has just discovered speech; Pearce enjoys himself doing his own singing, and embracing grunge.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The director deserves admiration for sticking to her guns, but here's a heretical notion: Maybe the producer's cut would have been a better movie. This version may be too late, but it's also too little, and that's what hurts.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A sluggish, tedious film about lost souls living dead-end lives in a dead-end town. Their actions often defy rationality.
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44 out of 100
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