• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jim Jarmusch
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 19, 2014
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Only Lovers Left Alive Reviews

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Deborah Ross
The Spectator

The narrative, such as it is, is not intriguing. The performances, as ethereal as they are, are not intriguing.

Full Review Source: The Spectator

February 20, 2014
Jeff Beck

Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is very pleasing to the eye and contains fine performances from its ensemble, but ultimately there is nothing beneath the surface to captivate the viewer's interest.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 18, 2014
Siobhan Synnot

Hiddleston and Swinton are lovely to watch, but they need more to chew on than this.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2014
Mike Scott

As handsome and as literary as Jim Jarmusch's agonizingly slow film is, its assets carry it only so far.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2014
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

The problem is that both lead characters are interminably dull, with the camera's gaze repeatedly dwelling on their mundane private moments and imploring us to be intrigued.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2013
Craig Mathieson
Sydney Morning Herald

His anti-Twilight filters various themes and ideas, but they never threaten to become a cohesive plot or offer resolution.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 11, 2014
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

For all the playful elements, Jarmusch forgets to keep a dramatic tension in place and some of the material is plain silly, internally inconsistent (they've been together centuries, yet they don't seem to know everything about each other), or contrived

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 12, 2014

The title of this film should be Only Jim Jarmusch Fans Left Alive as they're likely to be the only ones not rendered comatose by this pretentious dreck...a tale of hipster vampires that starts off with a touch of style before going nowhere fast.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1/5

May 2, 2014
Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune

Even though the film is visually arresting, it is often slow, and some of the dialogue is oddly expository in ways you don't expect from this filmmaker.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 27, 2014
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

The constant, overt comparisons of drug addiction and blood food become obvious and slightly tiresome.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2014
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Many people love this new movie, which struck me as etiolated twaddle.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2014
Barbara Scharres

I can't even think where to start in trying to cut him some slack on "Only Lovers Left Alive," which is a priggish film full of in-group references that will provide a-ha moments for those in the know.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com

September 13, 2013
Chris Tilly
IGN Movies

While Jarmusch's vision is an original take on the genre, it's also hard to fully engage with his efforts, the pace too stately, the script too self-conscious, and the initially intriguing characters ultimately outstaying their welcome.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 6.8/10

February 18, 2014
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There is something a bit musty about a romanticism that equates creativity with chemical dependency, and also something a little threadbare about the countercultural mystique that Adam and Eve embody.

Full Review Source: New York Times

April 10, 2014
Wesley Morris
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The movie is steeped in a world-weariness that flatters a certain kind of know-it-all. Swinton and Hiddleston, looking like twins, take disaffection to the moon. Not since Weekend at Bernie's have two actors done more to promote the cause of corpses.

Full Review Source: Grantland

April 17, 2014
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a weak entry in the filmmaker's canon, a film that continues Jarmusch's rebellion against narrative while offering nothing in its place.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

April 18, 2014
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Jarmusch seems content to eschew character development and plot advances in favor of a very specific (and palpable) mood.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2014
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

On the face of it, "Only Lovers Left Alive" is original and intriguing: Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play vampires who have been married for centuries.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

April 11, 2014
Harvey S. Karten

Yet another reinvention of the vampire legend, this slowly-paced romance tries to show that love can last for an eternity, but the film itself will seem that way for those who are not Jarmusch fans.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

February 4, 2014
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Dull, dreary, and dreadful.

Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX) | Original Score: 1/5

May 11, 2014
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