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New York Post:
None of this is particularly innovative, although Garcia and the elder Farmiga develop a nice spark and a gentle humor in their characters' stolen day together.
New York Observer:
The movie loses some of its focus and turns both silly and implausible. Still, the stars' chemistry works, and so does At Middleton.
Pity. A different film might have made better use of Farmiga's breezy warmth and Garcia's velvety charm.
Often plays like a forgotten trifle from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio filmmaking, distinguished more by its competence and affable performances than by any formal or thematic potency.
An almost completely inauthentic little romance that is so genuinely pleasant you'll enjoy it anyway.
"At Middleton" is formulaic and contrived. It's also worth seeing because it breathes a little, and because Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia know what they're doing as they guide this appealingly simple brief encounter of a romance.
Los Angeles Times:
Garcia and Farmiga have such an easy, natural chemistry that their on-screen sparkle helps mitigate the film's weaknesses. At others times, it serves to underscore what might have been. It's a feckless conundrum.
Both Garcia and Farmiga dive head-on into raging rapids of doubt, pain and recrimination.
Though it's fun to watch Garcia let out his inner goofball, the jewels in the crown of At Middleton are the dynamic sisters Farmiga.
New York Times:
A bittersweet portrait of two people, who, in the process of helping their children choose a college, confront the emptiness of their respective marriages.
Orange County Register:
The actors push too hard to flesh out this whimsical, cliched blend of campus comedy and midlife rom-com.
San Francisco Chronicle:
It's a lovely film that grows along with the characters. At first, it seems like a pleasing but inconsequential comedy. But it deepens as their connection deepens and opens up into a place of poignancy and insight.
Some truths about George and Edith's underlying emotional state come out in an unconventional and interesting way, but it's not enough to make us care about the attraction that is drawing them closer.
As pleasing as it is to watch these actors at work, they aren't able to elevate the lightweight script behind this classic stolen-moments romance that seems more suited to TV than the big screen.
Gives a hell of a first impression, but the deeper we delve into the screenplay, the more obvious it becomes that there's not much going on under the surface.
What starts out mildly charming is mostly tiresome by the time they start doing bong rips in a random student's dorm room.