• 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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Chase Whale

An almost likable movie about unshackling the past.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: C-

January 17, 2013
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

June 20, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 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
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 15, 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
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A clumsily violent attempt at grafting two reliable genres together into one somewhat edgy picture.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 16, 2013
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
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
Tim Grierson
Screen International

A well-meaning but muddled drama.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 24, 2012
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
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
Matt Pais

You're more likely to h8 it.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 17, 2013
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 15, 2013
Robert Koehler
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Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
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
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2013
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 15, 2013
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

June 27, 2012
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: C

January 14, 2013
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