Evening Synopsis
As Ann Grant (Vanessa Redgrave) lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters, the defining moments in her life 50 years prior, when she was a young woman (Claire Danes).
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Chicago Tribune

The film, like the book, is clear-eyed without being clinical, reflective but never maudlin.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It resonates with gleaming ferocity as it unspools a story of regret, longing and resolution in two generations of women.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The constant shifting between today and years ago is, in and of itself, powerful.
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By James Berardinelli
The strength of the screenplay and acting provide a satisfying, although not overwhelming, two hours of romance, drama, and tragedy.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Susan Minot’s resplendent novel of a dying woman…stumbles on its way to the screen.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Whatever Evening is saying about life, death, and guilt isn't terribly new or interesting.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
For all the creaminess of the sets and costumes, every character talks as if she is still made out of written words, not flesh, and each...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
What a cast but what a disappointment.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Evening is a case study in how a subtly evocative book can elude the most well-intentioned filmmakers and some of our finest actors.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Evening might be the most shocking waste of natural resources since the despoiling of the Amazon rain forest.
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The most anticipated film of the year

By justkurtis
So, I have to say that I was SO excited to see this movie. C'mon - Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Collette, Glenn Close AND Claire Danes? And that's not everyone. Eileen Atkins - just great!...

Nothing can make up for a terrible plot

By abjaxx
Saw a test screening a couple of months ago. While the cinematography and, for the most part, the acting are quite well done, the plot falls completely flat. The flashbacks of a dying woman seem not...

It's a feature length cigarette commercial

By BettyKa
75% don’t smoke, and those who don’t smoke HATE it. So there are really only two reasons to have almost every character smoking in almost every scene of this movie. Either it is required due to the...


By orangevalesweetpea
WOW...what a sweeping, nostalgic, incredible movie that was. My wife and I went with another couple, and by 1/4 of the way into it, we were ALL crying. Trust me when I say that anyone who has had an...


By applebots11
What a well done film. Every shot is beautiful. I fell in love with the scenery and each character. Every performance reached a new level of perfection....

See it for yourself!

By FANtabulous
People will see this movie differently depending on where they are in their lives. I read the reviews here before seeing it, and frankly didn't go with high expectations based on the reviews. ...


By Gloria Wildenradt
What a great movie! The cast is comprised of the very best females in cinema - and Claire Danes is especially wonderful! Hugh Dancy is very convincing in his role as well. Hope to see alot more of...

I took my Mother to see this movie

By sobercinderella
It was my Mother's 67th Birthday and she choose this movie to see. It was a delightful movie for us to see together. There was romance, adventure, and in some places profound sadness. The story line...


By moviebea
This movie is now a WIDE RELEASE! I cannot wait for this one....

Breathtaking scenery + great cast + raw emotion = solid chick flick

By 1bizzy1
Because of the great cast, I went in with high hopes and came away only mildly disappointed. The plot is not airtight, and it's the kind of movie that was clearly adapted from a book--you want to...

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Rated PG-13 | For some thematic elements, sexual material, a brief accident scene and language
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