Given what it attempts, "Time Out of Mind" should be considered a success. An attempt to use a movie star to shine a dramatic light on the intractable problem of urban homelessness, the film's tone of austerity helps it to avoid sentimentality and simplistic answers. But is it successful enough? That's a different question.
Starring Richard Gere and written and directed by Oren Moverman, "Time Out of Mind" is not an easy film to warm to.
Convincing but not moving, more admirable than satisfying, albeit made with enough integrity and skill to hold an audience's interest, it has unavoidable difficulty creating emotional connection.