Love Comes Lately (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love Comes Lately (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though it doesn't quite live up to the source material, this adaptation of three Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories is poignant and charming.

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Max Kohn is a writer in his seventies who is increasingly haunted by his weakening body and ebbing sexual prowess. Asleep on an Amtrak train, Max dreams the conductor asks him if he sleeps with women anymore; the questioning becoming so intense and distressing that Max awakens, still disturbed by the interrogation. This begins a process where Max daydreams, flirts, longs for lost loves, dreams and pours his angst into his literary work.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jan Schütte
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2009
Kino International


Otto Tausig
as Max Kohn
Elizabeth Peña
as Esperanza
Caroline Aaron
as Rachel Meyerowitz
Olivia Thirlby
as Sylvia Brokeles
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Critic Reviews for Love Comes Lately

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

One of the best compliments to be paid a movie based on fiction is that it compels you to read other things by the author. Love Comes Lately is likely to elicit such a response.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A film that might be called stubbornly magical.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fear of intimacy trumps fear of death in Love Comes Lately, filmmaker Jan Schütte's plaintively effective merging of three Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The idea's not terrible, and no filmmaker has bothered with Singer for years, but this movie chooses to reduce the author's soulfulness to mirrored tales of lonely, randy seniors, all of whom Tausig plays. In one sense, it's a disservice.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Love Comes Lately, a new English-language film from the German director Jan Schutte, has the good sense to begin with three very good short stories by the modern master Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The plight of the aged is worthy of consideration, but a series of AARP fantasies do not a story make.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Comes Lately

While I found the blurring of reality and imagination thought provoking, and while I admire some of the more mundane humor, I simply could not get behind Max - a charactor who glides through the film as things happen all around him; more of a force that moves the plot along than an actual engaged charactor (fictional or otherwise).

The women who drift in and out of Max's vision all do a very nice job supporting the film, especially Barbara Hershey, although I found Pena's performance just too polarized and predictable (hampered by the script, no doubt).

What this film tells about ageing is poignant and at the crux, but there's just too much sleight of hand to really make you feel for Max.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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