Turns into an Internet Age version of Before Sunrise.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Lightly sweetened and just a touch bitter, the romantic comedy In Search of a Midnight Kiss treads familiar if appealing ground.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Alex Holdridge has written and directed a sweet, funny little indie movie.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Despite some scenes that have the feel of an acting or writing workshop, these are believable, complex characters. Their story has a full measure of Judd Apatow raunch, with a dash of Swingers emotional sweetness.
Mike Mayo - Washington Post
This is the rare movie about the start of something interesting that happens to look a lot like the end of the world.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
By the end, Holdridge has captured the bittersweet complexities of romance with a wisdom that proves surprisingly seductive.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
To praise the beauty of this film is not enough; what lends it tension is that it's wrapped around people for whom beauty is at best an anachronism and at worst an embarrassing joke.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
In Search of a Midnight Kiss isn't a homage or a recycling job. It's a film with its own organic existence, its own reason for being. It is ultimately a very true and moving story.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The leaps of faith Midnight Kiss demands are many. Among them: If Vivian acts the way she does on their arranged date, why does Wilson worry about impressing her, even for a second, even on New Year's Eve?
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Smart dialogue, an impeccably crafted story, and eye-catching LA locations make this low-budget feature by Alex Holdridge the most worthwhile date movie I've seen in some time.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
What follows - walking, talking, flirting, fighting - is a charming piece of low-budget, improv-y filmmaking in the tradition of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
How incongruous that while veteran studio heads prepare slates of comic book movies, the slackers behind this $12,000 gem have made one of the most mature films of the year.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a surprising charmer, a wandering modern romantic comedy with enough bittersweet aftertaste to give it substance and enough wit to keep you entertained.
Tom Long - Detroit News
In Search of a Midnight Kiss overcomes patches of overwriting to end up as a film well worth watching, and Mr. Holdridge as a writer-director to be remembered for future reference.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Midnight Kiss is one of those movies that gradually charms the viewer into strong identification with initially off-putting characters.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Holdridge and his cast are going to get a lot of attention on Wilshire Boulevard.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
One of those raunchy-funny, smart and bittersweet no-budget movies that restores your faith in indie film.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Profane, hilarious and ultimately heartbreaking.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is wonderfully romantic and romantically bittersweet. It's not about forever; it's about now.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Showcases promising new talent in front of and behind the camera.
Sura Wood - Hollywood Reporter
If it were a parody of relationship-youth pictures, In Search of a Midnight Kiss would maybe be tolerable, but writer-director Alex Holdridge seems to be playing it with a straight face.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
It's a great feeling, isn't it, falling in love with a movie about falling in love?
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Shot in black and white and edited extremely well, Kiss is funny and consistently credible.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.
Noel Murray - AV Club
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
There is no magic here. This is not Paris, these are not Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, and Holdridge's script does not give us a reason to care what happens to these characters.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Holdridge is clever enough to keep his characters from slipping into outright narcissism, or when they do, he's familiar enough with the art of mainstream moviemaking to balance the exhausted with the ecstatic.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Writer/director Alex Holdridge maintains the intrigue of Wilson and Vivian's dance through a combination of naturalistic dialogue and a magical-realist style.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
A naturalistic mix of vulgarity and romanticism gives this independent effort a mainstream appeal.
Bill White - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is frustrating and makes things difficult for itself, yet it has an undeniable allure.
Stan Hall - Oregonian
With a different cast -- and fewer saccharine-cutting jokes -- the film might be completely dismissible. But all the actors have a charm.
Tricia Olszewski - Let's Not Listen
Notwithstanding its quintessentially indie need to develop character through quirk rather than, y'know, characterisation...the opening fifteen or twenty minutes are actually pretty great.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
In Search of a Midnight Kiss gets L.A. like few films do. And writer-director Holdridge understands the aspiring, disappointed but still open-to-anything crowd on the fringes of show business quite persuasively.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
The confluence of events allows the film to arrive somewhere that may not be original, but feels honest...at other times, the film seems to be chasing the same old indie dragon of quirky escapades that can be shot on the cheap.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Shot entirely in black and white, this endearing, low budget indie offers as compelling a combination of character development, credible dialogue and surprising plot twists as you're likely to encounter between now and New Year's Eve.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
A visually stunning love letter to the much-maligned city...It's when the actors open their mouths that I start to have a problem.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
In looking for L.A.'s historical past amidst its sometimes squalid present, Holdridge has achieved a minor miracle in making the city a romantic backdrop.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...a radiant romantic comedy
Kurt Loder - MTV
A wholly original and funny movie with superior writing and wonderful performances. Honest,bittersweet and heartfelt. If you're in search of a memorable film experience, here is your choice.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
Mumblecore to the core--a loose, quirky, minimal indie.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Holdridge's film is painfully undermined by its central characters.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
A well-acted mumblecore romantic dramedy that actually interprets real life rather than just presenting it.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A consistently surprising romantic drama which beautifully conveys the bittersweet qualities of contemporary dating.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Boasts an endearingly idiosyncratic, unfussy vibe.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
She's all long blond hair and cigarettes; he's scruffy and affable. But they're no Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; the dynamic between the pair is often flat.
Anna King - Time Out New York
Holdridge shows talent, as do his leads, but along with money for popcorn, bring patience.
John Anderson - Newsday
While blockbusters ooze testosterone and claim bragging rights to macho action heroes beating their hairy chests, way in the background is a lineup of sweet little indies like this one, with sensitive guys wearing their hearts on their sleeves instead.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A reasonably humorous and even tender portrait of 21st century dating by a filmmaker who seems a Woody Allen/Judd Apatow wannabe.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Lovingly photographed in a monochrome that recalls Woody Allen's Manhattan, this is a slickly scripted rom-com.
Patrick Peters - Empire Magazine
Though disaffect is certainly a recurrent mood, Search is a strangely heartfelt little film 1/2a lot like Swingers but with a more cynical edge.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Obviously heavily influenced by the likes of Swingers and Before Sunrise, it nevertheless manages to find its own voice, combining sentiment with cynicism to create a very modern romantic comedy.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
Beautifully shot, brilliantly written and superbly acted relationship drama that single-handedly restores your faith in indie movies.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A terrific example of how no-budget filmmaking often produces the most effective romantic dramas. And this film has humour and charm to spare.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's a highly emotional journey and it's really stayed with me nearly 24 hours after I've seen it.
Eric Campos - Film Threat
A very funny, talky and kvetchy film about loneliness and connections, mixing romance with frank sex talk and building into poignancy.
Jason Solomons - Observer [UK]
Honestly one of those films that, when you see it, you're hooked.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]