A film in which the camera's point of view never changes can start to feel claustrophobic. But the originality of the concept and the quality of the performances help to compensate.
"Thomas in Love" can be chalked up as a noble failure.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The last few minutes of this movie are strangely moving. What leads up to them is shot through with dark humor and scathing satire.
A sex film for the Bill Gates age, and it's about as sexy as Gates, too.
What's surprising is how easy it is to sit still for.
Thomas In Love never develops beyond an interesting exercise in style over story.
While that leads to a conclusion that seems straight out of a student film, Renders does effectively create a sense of claustrophobia by plunking his audience down in the middle of Thomas' world.
Innovative and thoughtful.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
For a film that takes place entirely within the confines of the main character's computer screen, the Belgian Thomas in Love is amazingly interesting stuff.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A clever satire.
A movie that's as emotionally bereft as the realm it purports to scrutinize and comment upon.
It duplicates Thomas' miserable world so well we want to escape it as urgently as Thomas does.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas in Love touches on so many subjects and is so visually interesting to watch that it won't just enrich your weekend movie plans, but stimulate your way of thinking as well.
A good story about a fellow who really needs to leave his room.
The Dutch director Pierre Paul Renders ingeniously conjures the image of a control freak society that is sinister in its very playfulness.
| Original Score: B-
The best and worst thing about the tale is that we never actually see Thomas. We only view events from his first-person and isolated perspective. The effect is both alienating and compelling.
At 97 minutes, [Renders and Blasband] manage to get about all they possibly can out of this unusual narrative ploy.
One of the year's small finds -- that rare art-house date movie.
gentle, pointed satire and a very human story of disengagement
An intriguing work about modern loneliness, mediated relationships, cybersex, and the narcissism of cocooned individuals.