LUV Reviews

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Chase Whale
TwitchFilm
January 17, 2013
An almost likable movie about unshackling the past.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 18, 2013
A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
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 | Original Score: 5.8/10
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
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
January 30, 2013
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 24, 2012
A well-meaning but muddled drama.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
January 25, 2013
It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: D
Matt Pais
RedEye
January 17, 2013
You're more likely to h8 it.
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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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 24, 2012
Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 14, 2013
| Original Score: C
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