" There's a sentence in Jerry Brewington's review of DN1 for Hollywood Is Talking that I find rather telling: "Story 2, 'A Romantic Dinner for Three,' was my favorite because I have to admit, I found the characters and the premise sexy, sexy, sexy." They are, but would Brewington have made the same observation in quite the same way in a review of, say, Two Girls and a Guy? The relatively slick aesthetic (emphasis on "relatively") of James Toback's film keeps us on our side of the screen, Robert Downey, Jr, Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner on theirs. In DN1, we feel we're getting to know Kamal, Sunshine and Rupa and Shervin Boloorian, Jennifer Blakemore and Dele Williams, the actors who portray them, at the same time on two parallel tracks that never quite meet. We suspect that we could, any day of the week, run into any of the six - perhaps in that inviting Kensington, Maryland bookshop where most of the film's characters hang out."
Read the rest of Hudson's review of Date Number One here.