LUV Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 17, 2013
The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 17, 2013
Luv is split right down the middle between preposterousness and truth, and between amateurishness and confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 17, 2013
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
January 17, 2013
You're more likely to h8 it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
A clumsily violent attempt at grafting two reliable genres together into one somewhat edgy picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 15, 2013
A kind of "Training Day" hoping for interstitial Terrence Malick poetry in the Baltimore landscape of "The Wire" with the occasional sensationalism of an action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 15, 2013
Although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script (co-written by director Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson) that boxes them into impossible roles in one clichéd scene after another.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
January 15, 2013
With its rock-skimming male bonding alternating between grisly homicides and a florid Mexican standoff that begets a tidy take-the-money-and-run finale, this tale seems less timely than merely tall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2013
As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
June 27, 2012
While co-writer/director Sheldon Candis and co-writer Justin Wilson's screenplay could have benefitted from a few more drafts (or at least a little more sobriety), the acting in Luv makes the skinny script more palatable.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
June 20, 2012
The ideas of good/bad, past/future, reality/fantasy are impressively tackled and embodied by the talented cast, but Candis's narrative starts to lose steam halfway through, causing these performances to lose their footing as well.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 14, 2012
Succeeds on an emotional level even if it fails to deliver anything very surprising in terms of plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 24, 2012
Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 24, 2012
A well-meaning but muddled drama.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 14, 2013
| Original Score: C
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