Off the Black Synopsis
A dying umpire asks a young ballplayer to pose as his son at the ump's upcoming high-school reunion.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Like a good pitcher, Trevor Morgan varies his emotions and perfectly grooves his role as the high-school star. Huffing and puffing, Nolte...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

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Sucking at the top of many a can, and greedily slurping the sides of an overflowing bottle, Nolte gives a master class in how to drink a...
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As good as Nolte is, the relatively unknown Morgan matches him scene for scene. And he's not the only impressive newcomer. Remarkably, this...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
There's something very right with Off the Black in terms of pure emotion and performance craft.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Writer-director James Ponsoldt's first feature is a small, modest movie structured around a fairly simple situation that leaves plenty of...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Off the Black is a small, dry, emotionally loaded short story that has been carried to film like baked fish to a platter.
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70

Film Threat

By Eric Campos
It's a touching story of father and son type male bonding -- male bonding with Nick Nolte no less -- that's bound to find some audience...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I appreciate that Ponsoldt doesn't go for cheap tears through over-sentimentality, but his detached, low-key approach distances viewers...
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
If your film is as downbeat and deflated as this one, you had better be leading up to a more interesting insight than, "The older I get,...
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fabulous!

By mooerin
GO SEE THIS MOVIE!...

suprisingly good

By Carriel475
I have to say I really enjoyed this movie. I didn't know anything about it going in - but will admit I was skeptical about an indie movie starring Nick Nolte. To my surprise, however, he put on a...

nolte's best

By farmer6
this is a spare film, ala tender mercies, and it has that quality of humor and pathos. when you're not laughing out loud, you find yourself tearing up, especially at the end. so, what does it mean to...

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Rated R | For for a crude sexual remark
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Nolte is a flawed mentor in uncertain indie drama.
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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