• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sheldon Candis
    In Theaters:
    Jan 18, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 2, 2013
  • Indomina Media Inc.


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LUV Reviews

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Michael Dequina

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

January 28, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

January 18, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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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."

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January 17, 2013
Joel Arnold
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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 Source: NPR

January 17, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"LUV" may not convince with Woody's aggressively telescoped transformation. But the actors compensate.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 17, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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his contains plenty of incidental pleasures, including some vibrant images of contemporary Baltimore and fun character turns from Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 17, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 17, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Succeeds on an emotional level even if it fails to deliver anything very surprising in terms of plot.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
Jordan Hoffman

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

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 6/10

January 30, 2013
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: D

January 25, 2013
Robert Levin

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

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

January 18, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2013
Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.8/10

January 18, 2013
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