January 16th, 2015



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As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960's New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 5.8/10 (129 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Stephen Belber

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard

Tobi Powell (Patrick Stewart), an aging Juilliard dance professor with a colorful and international past, is interviewed by a woman and her husband (Carla Gugino & Matthew Lillard) for a dissertation she's writing about the history of dance in New York in the 1960's. As the interview proceeds, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple's visit. Explosive revelation is followed by questions about truth versus belief. MATCH is a story about responsibility, artistic commitment...and love.

Carla Gugino - Lisa
Matthew Lillard - Mike
Maduka Steady - Cabbie
Patrick Stewart - Tobi Powell
Jaime Tirelli -
Rob Yang - Jim

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 14 January 2015

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Did You Know?

Ray Liotta played the husband in the play version on Broadway at some point. See more »

User Review


Rating: 8/10

A 40-something couple from Seattle arrives in New York to interview a flamboyant aging bi-sexual ballet teacher about his long career for a dissertation on classical dance. As the questions probe deeper, they begin to focus upon the man's relationship with a female fellow dancer, with whom he had enjoyed a brief affair many years previously. Before too long it becomes obvious this romance is the focus of the interviewers' interest, and their inquiries soon take a detour into uncomfortable territory.

Each of the three characters attracts both sympathy and disapproval at various times, with the dialog crackling with wit, pathos and hostility as the story changes direction, tone and pace like a switchback ride. The narrative travels through several different zones of the emotional spectrum until it eventually arrives at a sophisticated and satisfying conclusion. Graced with fine performances from all three actors, 'Match' provides excellent entertainment along with some deep insights about making art - hopefully it will do well, and encourage producers to make more films of similar intelligence.


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