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Lovely, Still (2008)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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audience

75

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,521

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Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn topline the debut of writer/director Nik Fackler in Lovely Still, a whimsical romance tale that follows an elderly grocery-store bagger (Landau) who experiences his first pangs of love in the form of Burstyn. Elizabeth Banks portrays the woman's daughter, while Adam Scott handles the role of the store's owner. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

PG,

Drama, Romance

Nicholas Fackler

Nov 9, 2010

$0.1M

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6) | DVD (1)

It concerns an older man, alone during the holidays, who unexpectedly finds love. It also features two strong performances from veteran actors Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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There are moments during Lovely, Still when it feels like you're trapped with Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn in a kitschy musical Christmas snowglobe that someone keeps shaking.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The places where Fackler has problems or allows things to get a tad too sentimental are smoothed over by the unmatched skills of the effortlessly superb Burstyn and Landau.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It seems too much at first, but Fackler's up to something.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Will hit home with anyone who has had to struggle with the most difficult aspects of aging.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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If you're old enough to pluck gray hairs, you may find yourself rubbing away a few tears.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Don't be put off by the golden-hued, overly saccharine opening to this seemingly twee December (in both senses of the word) romance, because it hides a final quarter that packs an emotional wallop.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

The performances from Landau and Burstyn are gobsmacking, and while there's nothing truly unexpected or surprising in the story, these two keep you watching regardless.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A couple . . . who can still prove that true love never dies--only if love can survive this heavy-handed dose of sentimentality landing on it.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

For Fackler, Lovely, Still remains an impressive first step towards another directing project.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There's nothing minor about the central performances in this film, even if they're in the pursuit of something that just doesn't quite work overall.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

A poignant primer on making the most of a last chance at romance!

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: TheLoop21.com
TheLoop21.com

Unlike Sarah Polley's superior kindred spirit Away from Her, Lovely, Still's portrait of late-life love is excruciatingly shallow and phony.

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It was Bette Davis who said 'growing old ain't for sissies.' And this film reiterates that notion from which no human being lucky enough to survive that long is exempt, framing old age as perhaps the greatest superhero screen manifestation of all.

August 28, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Lovely, Still made me feel sorry for its venerable stars, despite my fondness for their legacies and my gratitude for their committed best efforts through most of the film.

October 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

The chemistry between the two of them is so beautiful and the astonishing poignancy of the final scene, done with all of just one line of dialogue is applause-worthy in and of itself.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Lovely, Still

With a beautiful story, great camera-work, interesting characters, and absolutely incredible acting from Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn, "Lovely, Still" is a great romance film that is initially heartwarming, but ultimately turns bitter-sweet. The characters were not as compelling as they could have been, and I felt manipulated to cry, but "Lovely, Still" is lovely, still.
January 9, 2012
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Beautifully acted and initially charming but ultimately bittersweet.
December 4, 2010
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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Cast: Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Adam Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Booker, Candice Rose, Har Mar Superstar

Director: Nicholas Fackler

Summary: When his beautiful new neighbor Mary (Ellen Burstyn) asks him out on a date, elderly bachelor Robert (Martin Landau) suddenly finds himself swept up in the excitement and panic of new love. But as romance blossoms between the couple, an unexpected challenge arises that threatens to undermine the fledgling relationship.

My Thoughts: "Great performances by the seasoned actor's Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. Adam Scott and Elizabeth Banks were great as well. It's a great love story that goes in a direction that I had not seen coming. The story is bittersweet, and a bit of a tear jerker. But there is no denying how wonderfully sweet these two characters are. But to say to much about this film would be giving away the beautiful story. So my final words are, see this film. I am not one for romantic films, but this one really got to me. I absolutely loved it."
November 25, 2010
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I suspected early on that there was more to the story than was being told and so was not surprised when the whole truth was revealed. It is a gentle story - one of true love and the marital vows when people really love each other and fulfill the promise to love through sickness and health. It is especially meaningful to older adults, but a film that can (and should) be enjoyed by people of all ages.
November 23, 2010
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