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The Two Faces of January (2014)


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Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (6)

An unhurried, louche thriller that gives way to claustrophobia as it starts to get its clammy hands around your neck.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's the locations that give the film its most robust flavour ... the plot isn't the film's greatest attribute, but hums along reliably, next to actors, clothes and locations that do the heavy lifting. Fun and disposable.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

We've all got a bit of good in us. We've all got a bit of bad in us. That comes through loud and clear when you get to know these characters.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

A welcome hark back to the days when mystery films were chiefly the stuff of cinema rather than absorbing, finely honed adventure.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

This expertly executed adaptation of a second-tier title from esteemed author Patricia Highsmith is all about making a little niggle go a long way.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Structurally his script is excellent, condensing the book's plot while retaining its spirit.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Amini's handling of this gripping drama makes the film intriguing even when some of the plot developments stretch the boundaries of belief, and the film boasts three very strong performances in the leading roles.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Long-time screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) displays a degree of airy, old-fashioned elegance in his first directorial outing.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

A final foot chase - like much before it - attempts to recall classics like The Third Man, yet is successful only in the way that Mortensen's speed is as dubious as Orson Welles'.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

A tight, stylish, romantic thriller with strong characters and driving plot, The Two Faces of January is the perfect remedy for those who live on a steady diet of Hitchcock and Wilder noir's.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

It's the three central performances that define this thriller, with the two men as the 'two faces' - the duality that they represent. (Janus was the god of beginnings and endings for the Romans)

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is a tale filled with secrets and shadows with all the elements coming together serendipitously - good storytelling, layered performances and edge of seat tension to keep us guessing

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is a taut thriller whose gaze is always focused on the progress of plot and relationships.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A handsome, engrossing and classy, if not classic, throwback thriller.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A handsomely mounted if somewhat slight affair, beautifully photographed by Marcel Zyskind, gorgeously dressed by Steven Noble, and well played by the central trio ...

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This sun-drenched thriller is much more than a pretty picture: it's also a slow-burning story about moral compromises that worms its way under the skin.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source:

Impeccable production values and pitch perfect performances ensure engagement levels remain high. These positives, however, don't fully compensate for a spectacle that lurches uncomfortably close to melodrama towards the conclusion.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Its richness lies in the complexity of its characterisation.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

There's delicious movie-movie elegance in the exotic locales and the period dress, but not much tension to be found in the murderous misadventures on offer.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The film at times resembles an Agatha Christie movie - the kind of classy product TV companies love to show on a snoozy Sunday afternoon.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for The Two Faces of January

Tense, moving and fascinating. With both Issac and Dunst giving very strong performances, Mortensen was the true highlight as the husband on the run with his wife. While the characters of Chester and Rydal showed competition over Colette, I was always routing the former despite his bad deeds. An impressive script and the well chosen actors/actress result in a decent directing debut for Amini. One of the best films I've seen so far this year.
July 2, 2014
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Even if not exactly impressive or as tense and gripping as it could have certainly been, this is still a pretty efficient directorial debut for Amini, with a solid story about bad choices and disappointment, an exquisite camera work and great performances from the main trio.
June 19, 2014

Super Reviewer

an intriguing thriller with excellent performances, photography, and set design. the film is held back from a lack of plot depth and unlikable characters, but overall a very worthwhile watch.
June 3, 2014
danny d

Super Reviewer

Alluring shades-of-grey intrigue, with abundant charm.
June 30, 2014
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