A Slipping Down Life Synopsis
A woman obsesses over a singer after hearing his voice on the radio.

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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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75

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...
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75

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...
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63

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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60

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...
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50

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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42

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...
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38

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...
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38

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...
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38

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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Rated R | For language including sexual references