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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
A flawed effort at best, but intriguing nonetheless.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 26, 2002
The movie's best asset is Howard's filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
August 8, 2002
A mess, but it's a sincere mess.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 8, 2002
It's a drawling, slobbering, lovable run-on sentence of a film, a Southern Gothic with the emotional arc of its raw blues soundtrack.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
Its pleasures are ... sharp and not to everyone's taste
Full Review| Original Score: A
Greg Muskewitz
July 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Though you couldn't call Love a complete success, it's packed with talent and intelligence, wayward poetry and bluesy longing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
July 11, 2002
It retains enough moments of twangy gallows humour, mostly courtesy of Paul Le Mat as Leon's corpulent drinking buddy, to keep the film from becoming a bludgeoning experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kim Morgan
May 3, 2002
Like Leon, it's frustrating and still oddly likable.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2002
A rough, uneven but admirably imaginative film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 21, 2002
It's the film's languid, woozy feel that draws you in and keeps you there, stuck like a moth in a killing jar redolent of Old Grandad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 12, 2002
The film is an uncannily eerie echo of its protagonist -- ravishingly poetic one moment, bellowing with unarticulated rage the next.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 29, 2002
The film often achieves a mesmerizing poetry.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 29, 2002
[Howard] so good as Leon Barlow ... that he hardly seems to be acting.
| Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2002
Brims with passion: for words, for its eccentric, accident-prone characters, and for the crazy things that keep people going in this crazy life.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 22, 2002
It is the sheer, selfish, wound-licking, bar-scrapping doggedness of Leon's struggle to face and transmute his demons that makes the movie a spirited and touching occasion, despite its patchy construction.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2002
Brave and admirable for the trust that it puts in a viewer's intuition and willingness in going along with it right through to its rewarding finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gallo
New Times
March 7, 2002
Constantly touching, surprisingly funny, semi-surrealist exploration of the creative act.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 7, 2002
The draw [for "Big Bad Love"] is a solid performance by Arliss Howard.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2002
[F]rom the performances and the cinematography to the outstanding soundtrack and unconventional narrative, the film is blazingly alive and admirable on many levels.
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 26, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 24, 2002
Chris Robe
May 11, 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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