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

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+
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
January 18, 2013

Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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."

Joel Arnold
NPR
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

"LUV" may not convince with Woody's aggressively telescoped transformation. But the actors compensate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

Luv is split right down the middle between preposterousness and truth, and between amateurishness and confidence.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.

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
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 10, 2012

Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.

Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
January 24, 2012

Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.