I Am Love Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2010
The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.
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August 4, 2010
There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2010
Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 8, 2010
If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 8, 2010
The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 7, 2010
An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 6, 2010
I Am Love falls into the select category of films that are easier to admire than like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 2, 2010
Overblown, European, operatic, indulgent, patently absurd and somewhat wondrous, I Am Love works for one reason and one reason alone: Tilda Swinton.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2010
Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux's elegant images of buildings -- stony exteriors, lux interiors -- and weather-worn statuary suggest centuries-old tradition but also invite a meditative or appreciative silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 2, 2010
I Am Love is such a lush, deeply textured banquet of sights and sounds that it deserves more than a movie review.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2010
In an American film, you live the story. In a European one, you're an outsider looking in. Ah, but what a beautiful view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2010
A pall of deadly self-indulgence spreads as the story moves from operatic passion to soap-opera melodrama. It's as if director Luca Guadagnino filmed a synopsis of the script rather than a fully realized screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 28, 2010
The best sex you will get all year, if that's what you crave in your moviegoing, is between Tilda Swinton and a prawn.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 28, 2010
You have an actress that plays just every moment for keeps without milking it.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 28, 2010
Luca Guadagnino did just a wonderful job of conveying this woman's emotional gathering storm.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 25, 2010
I Am Love isn't just a bedazzlement to the eyes and ears. It's a feast--or maybe just a small but divine dish of prawns--for the soul.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2010
The characters seem reasonably interesting, and so we continue to watch them. But at no point do we care about them any more than we might care about attractive strangers sitting at another table in a restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 24, 2010
It is not to everyone's taste. But if you like the lush film operas of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, or Luchino Visconti, this one's for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 24, 2010
Tilda Swinton is a daring actress who doesn't project emotions so much as embody them. I Am Love provides an ideal role for her, in that her actions speak instead of words.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 23, 2010
Words like "lush" and "gorgeous" don't even begin to scratch the surface in describing I Am Love, Italian director Luca Guadagnino's retro-styled melodrama.
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New York Daily News
June 20, 2010
Despite its flaws -- including an oddly unwieldy finish -- this is an epic project, crafted with intimate precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 18, 2010
By the end of this often soaringly beautiful melodrama, which closes with a funeral, Emma's face will have crumpled into a ruin. But it will also be fully alive, having been granted, like Pygmalion's statue, the breath of life.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2010
Swinton carries Guadagnino's risky, ambitious melodrama.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
June 18, 2010
A stunning achievement.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 18, 2010
The splendid photography and tempestuous John Adams score cannot quite conceal that the film is uncomfortably close to being an extravagantly elongated, Fendi-clad episode of Dynasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2010
Swinton is one of the finest actresses working in contemporary cinema, but Guadagnino, who developed the project with her in mind, has created a film that literally luxuriates in her talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 18, 2010
There's always been something otherworldly about Swinton, and the director captures her Woman-Who-Fell-to-Earth exoticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 17, 2010
What keeps the story fresh isn't so much Guadagnino's swooning sense-reveries, which sometimes flow with dreamlike wonder and sometimes just drag; instead, most of the power comes from Swinton...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 16, 2010
The film is almost deliriously stylish, which helps mask the silliness. But the bellowing music, by John Adams, is infuriatingly intrusive -- which undoes the visual good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 16, 2010
Elegantly directed and exquisitely photographed, the movie is a triumph, and so is [Swinton].
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 16, 2010
Worthy of Visconti, the movie spells out the end of a family's glory days; it's the impress-your-date film of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
Bold, thrilling, and undeniably sensuous melodrama uncannily invokes the pleasures of smell, taste, and touch ... Everything dances here: the camera, the colors, Tilda's eyes, even pollinating bees during a sumptuously shot sex scene.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 28, 2010
I Am Love is a bold and thrilling masterpiece -- the introduction of a major talent to the world's stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 8, 2010
It's a bold experiment rooted in tradition. It plays like smart opera and looks like a marriage of poetic documentary with classical European drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5