Box art for Evening


drama, romance

An elegant journey through 50 years of defining moments, Evening weaves a beautiful tapestry of affecting performances and emotional revelations, drawing on the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5

Strong cast is best part of tragic romantic drama.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the subject matter of this romantic drama -- mortality and pining for a lost love -- is profoundly sad. The relationships are complicated, bordering on scandalous (a love triangle between two men and a woman emerges, and one character who's about to be married propositions another on the eve of her wedding), and a thick pall of regret and death hangs over the film, which may be tough for young viewers to process. There's also plenty of drinking and smoking (not unexpected, given the '50s setting), and some cursing (mostly mild, with one notable use of "f--k"). If you're expecting the movie to be just like the book on which it's based, you may be disappointed.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents love and regret. Do your kids think soul mates exist? Families can also discuss the way the film depicts death. Does Ann's long and somewhat tortured goodbye seem like a burden or a blessing to her children? Also, for those who have read Susan Minot's book, why do you think this movie is so different from its inspiration?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It courts its audience with a warm story about lost loves and paths not chosen, and it boasts an array of strong performances from its top-notch ensemble.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, June 29, 2007

Fresh: Everything about Evening seems engineered to liquefy moviegoers, specifically middle-age female moviegoers who miss their mothers. This would include me: I was a sloppy mess by the end.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 29, 2007

Rotten: The film disintegrates into an indulgent succession of intense, fawning exchanges that overwhelm Minot's thin and monotonous tale.

- Amy Simmons, Time Out, Friday, September 21, 2007

Audience Reviews

1 star

Such a stellar cast wasted in a tedious, boring film that is incapable of being remotely interesting or gipping.

- blacksheepboy, Thursday, November 5, 2009

3 stars

This kind of made me want to shake someone! Good cast, beautifully shot and acted, (with the exception of the over the top dying mother), really enjoyed it right up until the final ten minutes which just peed me right off. Great message in a movie - mother settles for second best and dies regretting it, then daughter does same (dressed up in Hollywood sentimentality). Lovely. Glad I sat through that one.

- romy861, Wednesday, November 19, 2008

3 stars

I've always loved films of discovery. In this movie, two daughters discover who their mom loved as a young woman - and develop a feeling for how significant that relationship was and still is for their mom. This movie is frustrating however in that we watch through over two hours to find out what? Ann should have acted on her instincts earlier in her life?

- Redlats, Tuesday, April 29, 2008