• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    James Gray
    In Theaters:
    May 19, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 30, 2009
  • Magnolia Pictures


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Two Lovers Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

What made the filmmakers come up with such a 1959 scenario? Better yet, how did they make this hoary plot so damned entertaining? Must be movie magic.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

Please, don't be fooled by this. It's all showboating scenes, pretentious ideals and NO realism whatsoever.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 1/5

March 13, 2011
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I can't stop thinking about Leonard, how I want him to be free, living an authentic life ... but also to to remain under supervision so he won't mess himself up. Phoenix is brilliant here.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: 7.5/10

May 7, 2010
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

We know the characters better than they know themselves

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2010

... it's instructive to view director/co-writer ... James Gray's take on the effects of private infidelity.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Tells a pretty old story but gets you hooked on its atmosphere and how it embellishes the heady sensation of shedding the coldness of solitude and depression with the warmth of walking through a new romance.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

January 25, 2010
Louis Proyect

Lugubrious affair involving a young man suffering from weltschmerz and the two women he loves set in Brighton Beach.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

November 13, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is supposed to be a romantic drama, but Woody Allen could have made a very funny film out of this exact same story.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

October 24, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Trying, unwieldy, and affecting

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Joaquin Phoenix is bruised, raw ... and miscast in the otherwise compelling Two Lovers

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2009
Evan Williams
The Australian

The film never feels dark or gloom-laden. The performances are so sensitive, so convincing, that we are drawn inescapably into a real world of pain and solace.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2009
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's a fascinating character study, and draws on Phoenix's strength as an actor: playing tormented, brooding characters.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

June 5, 2009
Trent Griffiths
FILMINK (Australia)

If you're looking to feed the melancholy existential restlessness of the soul, there are few films that have ever done it better.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

June 5, 2009
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Despair and confusion are explored in Two Lovers with a rigorous, unsentimental directness that is also full of feeling.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Keeps a grip on you.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2009
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Gray's use of the Scope screen is meticulous, and the film is much more interesting than a brief outline might suggest - but despite its qualities, Leonard's character remains rather too inaccessible.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 3, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

I'd call it the emotional thriller. Two Lovers is nuanced, intricate and sophisticated storytelling, as it follows the quite extraordinary emotional journey of Leonard Kraditor, Jewish son of a small business family.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 27, 2009
Radheyan Simonpillai
Fresh and Frowsy

The actors, all of whom deliver compelling, low-key performances, are mere particles bouncing off each other in Gray's vast spaces and the city that consumes them.

Full Review Source: Fresh and Frowsy | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A far cry in insight from Hollywood's idealized romantic dramas.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 11, 2009
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Two Lovers is a romantic drama for grown ups.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 10, 2009
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