LUV

LUV

36%
  • R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Sheldon Candis
  • In Theaters:    Jan 18, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Apr 2, 2013
  • Indomina Media Inc.

LUV Reviews

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Chase Whale
Twitch
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
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
Top Critic
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
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
Top Critic
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
McClatchy-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
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
Top Critic
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
Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
January 24, 2012

Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.

Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
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+
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
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
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
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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