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Two Lovers Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
Please, don't be fooled by this. It's all showboating scenes, pretentious ideals and NO realism whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
February 12, 2009
Gray's lack of interpretive distance from his subject, coupled with extreme overacting from his lead actor, results in melodrama that sits up and begs to be farce.
February 10, 2009
If you've been searching for a non-addictive, non-chemical cure for insomnia, Two Lovers may be the answer to your prayers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
March 28, 2009
A noble effort scuppered by an affected, ill-fitting central performance and the director's penchant for ponderous, transparent plotting, this offers a refreshingly unconventional take on the standard Hollywood romance but very little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 15, 2009
A somewhat emotionally hollow, often meandering romantic drama buoyed by strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
February 17, 2009
A movie you sense is supposed to be a nuanced story of depression and the complexity of our emotional choices becomes far too straightforward.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 13, 2009
...plods along in a sort of mopey fog...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 3, 2009
[Pheonix] never simply plays the role, he Acts it out... and the mechanics of his Acting are always very present for all the world to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 28, 2009
Like watching one of those theatre productions in which the child characters are played by adults. Unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 13, 2009
A dismal cine-splotch about depressed losers in outer Brooklyn by writer-director James Gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 12, 2009
After his miserable cop drama "We Own the Night," co-writer/director James Gray grinds gears switching from his typical predilection for crime genre stories to make an imitation love story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
March 28, 2009
A maudlin quest for love with only Phoenix's performance to keep you interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
February 13, 2009
Joaquin Phoenix indie is a boring, self-indulgent melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
March 27, 2009
It never feels quite believable, though Phoenix is touching in the central role. If this really is his screen swansong - he apparently intends to pursue a musical career - then it will be the movies' loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 22, 2008
An early suicide attempt, complete with potent sound design, confers a life-and-death gravity on the picture that its story about a faltering manchild with a frustrated crush doesn't fully earn.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 10, 2009
The performers are attractive if unconvincing. The auteur's worldview is unappealing yet authentically his.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
February 27, 2009
While Gray shares Leonard's love of photographing Brighton Beach street life and storefronts, and does so with great sensitivity and skill, this is such a worn-out cinematic setting that it has the effect of someone who's forever showing you baby photos.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
February 17, 2009
Good performances by Rossellini, Paltrow, Shaw, and Phoenix are pretty much wasted in this too long, dispiriting film in which entertainment value was ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 6, 2009
Eventually, the arid story, the languid pace and the phoniness of the personages and performances all overwhelm Gray's slight intent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 29, 2009
It's not that writer-director James Gray makes bad movies. It's just that it's difficult to remember anything about the movies he makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
February 13, 2009
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

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June 18, 2012
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