Lawrence O'Toole
April 23, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Simple Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Robert Burke, William Sage
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

For its first half hour, as Burke and Sage head out on a search through Long Island for their famous shortstop-turned-anarchist dad, Hal Hartley’s deadpan, absurdist film is highly entertaining. But self-consciousness is the style of Simple Men, and soon the unwavering tone of playful existentialism wears very thin. For all his talent, Hartley talks a better movie than he makes, proving once again that the gift of gab is no guarantee of a good film experience. B-

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