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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 17 January 2012
This is one of my favourite films, it has such a special magic and is incredibly romantic, even if the two characters do spend a lot of the time shouting and hitting each other! Gena Rowlands is incomparable in this type of knife-edge situation, bringing out a rich vein of humour in the most unexpected situations. Her tone of voice is often priceless, and she is wonderfully buffered by the likeable Seymour Cassell who is also intensely offbeat. Several scenes are just out of this world - the scene in the restaurant with the two mothers is deliriously funny. The style is like Cassavetes' other great successes with Gena Rowlands, but perhaps a little jauntier. The knockabout physicality seems almost expressionistic, showing us how the characters feel when words fail them. It mainly has a comic tone and sustained sequences are in a farcical mode. Only in the character played by Cassavetes himself is there a sense of unpleasantness and we don't laugh. Then there is one of the most memorable, excruciating, yet oddly heart-rending scenes of embarrassment I can think of when Minnie goes to a restaurant on a blind date. Her colleague and friend at the museum is also pure gold, her post-Casablanca discussion with Minnie is one of many high points, both poignant and hilarious. Seeing is believing with this film - I had not seen it before even though I have liked Cassavetes' work for years, but there's something about the absurd yet generous tone that makes it one of his most cherishable films.
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on 29 May 2011
Minnie and Moskowitz is an unusual love story that has a very unique feeling to it right from the start. Minnie Moore is a pretty blond woman that works in a museum. Seymour Moskowitz is a parking lot attendant that is a bit of a goofball. Seymour's chance encounter with Minnie is love at first sight, but now he has to convince her to feel the same. Minnie is romantic at heart, but isn't sure if she believes in love so Seymour has quite a challenge.

If the romance between Seymour and Minnie could be compared to the sound of violin music, it would be the type that hurts your ears. They have a very rocky romance that is one roller coaster of a ride. It doesn't help that their personas clash a bit. Minnie has a sophisticated presence while Seymour may be headstrong; he isn't as polished as her.

Nearly all the characters are odd, but in a captivating way. You wouldn't think of anyone in the movie as really being crazy, but they certainly are unusual. Part of what gives the movie its magical feeling is the conversations these people have, which border on the philosophical side.

The emotion and drama that is part of this story may put off some viewers. There is a lot of yelling by a lot of the people in this film. What may repulse viewers even more is the violence. Minnie takes and gives some hits in her relationships. It is all part of the story, but may get on your nerves too. Despite this, everything ties together well at the end and finishes in a way that I enjoyed. The final message is one of hope and it makes the crazy ride all worthwhile.
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on 18 December 2015
Great film
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on 19 January 2016
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on 8 June 2011
Excellent film with usual Cassavettes style.Gena Rowlands is superb and the film flows like Husbands in pace and content .A must for lovers of this genre.
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on 5 August 2013
Ultra-trendy, ultra-Seventies piece of rambling, formless tedium. Simply nothing there that engaged me, just a constant feeling of waiting for it to begin and take shape. By the end you were thinking haircuts all round and a few years in the army would do them all good.
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