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LUV (2013)


Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,555


Movie Info

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. (c) Indomina

R (for vioence, language, child endangerment and some drug content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Sheldon Candis
In Theaters:
Apr 2, 2013
Box Office:
Indomina Media Inc. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for LUV

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (23)

Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV."

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Top Critic

Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Top Critic

Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.

Full Review… | April 9, 2013

if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.

Full Review… | January 30, 2013

Candis demonstrates a practiced hand in his direction, keeping the pace brisk and the tension taut. But there's no getting around the meandering and highly formulaic script.

Full Review… | January 28, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Clearly inspired by the television show "The Wire," newbie writer-director Sheldon Candis stumbles through crime drama clichés in a prosaic coming-of-age movie that fails to connect on any level.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013

It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013

Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Common Sense Media

An attempt to do something new in the field of boyz-n-the-hood relationship dramas.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
East Bay Express

A hackneyed, from-the-streets Sundance drama that would be mostly forgettable if not for the performance of child actor Michael Rainey Jr.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013

Candis doesn't trust his himself to pull it off, weighing the film down with a disconnected score that pushes an otherwise edgy story into melodrama.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Paste Magazine

An almost likable movie about unshackling the past.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for LUV

Follow your hero. Or become your own man.

Good Film! The film does a formidable job in demonstrating that no matter what you do or how much you may want to change, the past always has a way of catching up with you. The star power in this film immediately captured my attention. Scene upon scene brought a new recognizable well established actor on screen, which is so atypical when viewing Indie films. The film LUV is a fictionalized account of actual events that occurred in the writer director Sheldon Candis' life as he spent time with his uncle. There are some moments here that make you wonder why this kid is being dragged into all these situations, but as everything unfolds you realize it is part of what makes him grow as a man, whether they are good or bad. This was one of those movies that really delivered a surprising finished product to something that didn't offer a huge appeal other than the cast. It's these kinds of movies that remind you how to love film. It's not one of the best around, but there is passion and depth to this film filled with a cast that clearly did this for the love of the project and it shows in the finished product. Go see it!

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

LUV Quotes

There's two types of people in this world: owners and renters.
– Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
Uncle Vincent:
I'm all you got.
– Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)

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