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.

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LUV Reviews

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
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
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
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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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."

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 17, 2013
Joel Arnold
NPR
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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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The first half of the movie is painfully tense, drawing us into a relationship that we desperately want to see work. But the screenplay lets its characters down, as it devolves into platitudes and melodrama.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

January 17, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Luv is split right down the middle between preposterousness and truth, and between amateurishness and confidence.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

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
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
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
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
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
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
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