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

Two Lovers Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011

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.

Christine Champ
Film.com
Top Critic
May 6, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 7, 2010

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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
S. James Wegg
JWR
February 16, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 25, 2010

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 24, 2009

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 | Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009

Trying, unwieldy, and affecting

Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
June 26, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Evan Williams
The Australian
June 12, 2009

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
June 5, 2009

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

Trent Griffiths
FILMINK (Australia)
June 5, 2009

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

Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
June 5, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 5, 2009

Keeps a grip on you.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 3, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 27, 2009

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.

Radheyan Simonpillai
Fresh and Frowsy
April 11, 2009

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 11, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 10, 2009

Two Lovers is a romantic drama for grown ups.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
April 10, 2009

Phoenix plays that schism -- the damaged soul in a hunky body -- to perfection, so well that we overlook the logical chasm at the centre of the tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Leonard is, in the end, not interesting enough or deep enough, plus (minus) there's the predictable ironic ending.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
February 13, 2009

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