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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)



Critic Consensus: Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.

Movie Info

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (c) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2014
Box Office: $1.9M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


John Hurt
as Marlowe
Jeffrey Wright
as Dr. Watson
Aurelie Thepaut
as Flight Attendant
Ali Amine
as Taxi Driver - Detroi...
Dave W.
as White Hills
Ego Sensation
as White Hills
Nick Name
as White Hills
Fouad El Achaari
as Man on Street, Tang...
Hawchi Mustapha
as Man on Street, Tang...
Abdelkader Dourkan
as Man on Street, Tang...
Mohamed Chairi Felah
as Man on Street, Tang...
Bilal Chair Felah
as Man on Street, Tang...
Omar Raissouli
as Man on Street, Tang...
Marc Codsi
as Guitarist
Noureddine Touati
as Gnaoua Player
Hanane El Karni
as Young Moroccan Lover
Hamza Kadri
as Young Moroccan Lover
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Critic Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (42)

If Jamrusch's comedy is snobby and misty is precisely because vampires should be that way. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

A great theme and visual compendium. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Letras Libres

A delightful Jim Jarmusch film. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

The most interesting thing about this movie is the way Jarmusch toys with us to reveal to us a simple thing: it's a vampire story. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

If you are able to tolerate the quiet and smooth tempo of Jarmusch , this is a great story.

Full Review… | April 15, 2015

The pseudo philosophical tone of the film is really annoying, with that slow , maddening, eternal pace, as the lives of the protagonists , which seems to go nowhere

Full Review… | April 15, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston's alabaster pale, rocker cool, ritualistically tender vampire love spans eras, and while this film is a bit of a narrative hot mess, Jim Jarmusch's languid pacing and attention to detail (the books, the instruments, those omnipresent sunglasses) create a wry and intellectual atmosphere that is absent in most vampire flicks...well, most "flicks" in general. The Marlowe having written Shakespeare's work gag is rather trite, and the most action and conflict-filled part of the movie comes too late and ends too early with the arrival and departure of Ava - the bratty, simpering baby vampire - played by a hilariously vexing Mia Wasikowska. She's so cute that you just want to stab her in the face.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Two disaffected vampires deal with existential angst.
Moody and atmospheric, Jim Jarmusch's vampire film is heavy on snob and light on plot. While I'm never one to complain about films that reward the audience for being smart and understanding obscure references, I also need more than abstruse literary allusions to keep me invested in the characters. Structured in four acts, the first two acts are about the two leads, and Jarmusch's vamps wonder if life is worth living and love is worth loving, eventually resolving these conflicts in under-toned affirmatives. Mia Wasikowska adds some life to the dour existence, but she is quickly exiled, and since this is the one part of the film where we had a real plot and conflict, the film limps into the final act.
Overall, Jarmusch's reliance on mood over story leaves the film flat.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Only Lovers Left Alive presents its vampires like ordinary people. They simply exist like normal human beings, adapting with the times, mastering the art of moving around the world before sunrise, and have their own ways of obtaining blood, which does not involve killing or turning humans into their kind. Vampires have never been depicted this way.
You really get absorbed in their lifestyle. There's no violence at all in the film. Sure, there's blood and people die (off-screen), but the film is more about how the vampires feel about their lives. Adam and Eve frequently refer to humans as "zombies" because they perceive the race is entering into a phase where all inspiration or innovation is gone and human beings just exist for the sake of existing. This makes the two of them question whether they even want to stay alive for the next hundred to thousand years because what would there be to look forward to? This is a totally engrossing film that blends music, romance and drama to create a unique mythology in which vampires exist in a human world. It uses the art of film as a language to influence its audience to think.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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