Permanent Midnight (1998) - Biography, Drama, Romance

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A comedy writer struggles to overcome his addiction to heroin.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: David Veloz
Stars: Ben Stiller, Maria Bello
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 55 found boring (14.54%)

One-line Reviews (21)

Pretentious "Oh woe is me" junkie trash .

Cheryl Ladd, Fred Willard, Andy Dick, and Connie Nielsen, though, provide uninteresting one shot encounters.

"Permanent Midnight" tries to be entertaining in spots.

Realistic yet confusing .

Engaging performances a privilege to watch .

Film- Dull .

Heroin scenes are slow and more hallucinogenic.

A great cast and a great story, the movie is enjoyable because there is no lying.

Besides all the missing sequences leaving gaping and occasionally confusing holes in the story, the story left isn't terribly interesting.

It's tough to watch, but you feel for an actor on the edge, rather than a character.

Permanent Midnight is boring and flat, more from technique than material.

This is not a very entertaining film, but it is gripping simply for the realization that some people actually try to navigate their lives that way.

Overall Permanent Midnight is confusing, bizarre and perhaps for a certain audience.

Although the movie is uneven in both some performances and situations, it's worth watching Ben Stiller powerful characterization of Jerry Stahl.

Oh well, whatever, an interesting, entertaining movie that held my interest for its running time.

Besides sporting great performances, there are a few inspired scenes, though due to the story's disjointed order, they feel just as "dropped in" as the rest of the story's major developments.

I think it is one of the most underrated movies of the last ten years, and highly recommend it.

There are some intense drug use moments and the film had a good flow- some good humorous bits from Stiller's pals Garofalo and Andy Dick.

Aware that he lacks the visual sensibility to rival Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting, he restricts his flourishes to a single drug nightmare and to boring New Wave-y jump cuts and the like.

Stiller gives a relatively good performance, didn't think he could handle a serious role like this, he wasn't bad, atlhough not great, as the script was pretty boring.

The cinematography is flat and the editing is dull and inconsistent.