Lovely, Still Reviews

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James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
June 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
October 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 14, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 23, 2010
It seems too much at first, but Fackler's up to something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
September 11, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
September 10, 2010
For Fackler, Lovely, Still remains an impressive first step towards another directing project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
September 10, 2010
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.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 10, 2010
Will hit home with anyone who has had to struggle with the most difficult aspects of aging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 10, 2010
If you're old enough to pluck gray hairs, you may find yourself rubbing away a few tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 10, 2010
Fackler's patronizing debut reduces a lifetime of experience into a collection of senior citizen stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
September 9, 2010
A poignant primer on making the most of a last chance at romance!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 8, 2010
Mr. Landau invests each move with sincerity and directness, and with her flawless skin and ageless smile, Ms. Burstyn still has the candlelit sweetness of spun sugar. Even in a disappointing film, watching her is indeed lovely, still.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 7, 2010
A haunting duet for two great actors who haven't lost a step and have gained the most exquisite lyricism.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
September 7, 2010
Call Lovely, Still life-affirming if you must, but its uplift is designed less to reassure than to honor the difficult process of how we deal when faced with the loss of those we have loved.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2010
Unlike Sarah Polley's superior kindred spirit Away from Her, Lovely, Still's portrait of late-life love is excruciatingly shallow and phony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 28, 2010
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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 11, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
October 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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