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    Film Comment: Nick Pinkerton
    September 03, 2016 | September/October 2016 Issue (p. 90)

    A little time and perspective can do funny things for a movie... Looked at today, the 1988 film's approach to character development seems practically delicate... It's an unusually hurried chase movie, with plenty of time for bits of business from a great crop of character actors—and funny in a low-key, offhand way.

  • Grodin’s calmness and fussiness is a perfect match for De Niro’s cursing-mad exasperation, and the two are expertly served by an episodic story that throws one laughably aggravating roadblock after another in their path.

  • Midnight Run is one of 1988's best movies. It's exciting, funny, and full of fine actors who pull off the tricky machinations of the script. With its stuntmen-led car chases, lack of CGI, and editing that doesn't feel like riding shotgun in a Cuisinart food processor, it's a relic of days gone by.

  • Arguably the most inspired comic pairing of all time, and Brest deserves enormous credit for insisting on Grodin even at the cost of scuttling his initial studio deal. At the same time, though, the film works so well in large part because De Niro, still a decade or so away from the laziness that now mostly defines him, takes his role utterly seriously.

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