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The Caveman's Valentine Reviews

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December 28, 2010
Complex and violent movie -- not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2006
A sophomore jinx for Lemmons, an overstuffed drama that fails to satisfy as a murder mystery or as a spiritual redemption saga of a homeless man, disappointingly played by Samuel Jackson (who was misdirected).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2003
Remember David Helfgott, the concert pianist who goes mad in Shine? Imagine him in dreadlocks and as the star of a detective thriller, and you have a better understanding of The Caveman's Valentine than the people who made it.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
December 8, 2002
Really not much more than an urban Scooby Doo episode, only Shaggy is black and with far more facial hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 21, 2002
Jackson struggles mightily with a thankless role which has him doing and saying way too many absurd things.
August 9, 2002
Lemmons creates mesmerizing passages, but she can't bring this one to a fulfilling crescendo.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 9, 2002
Samuel L. Jackson is awesome...this movie isn't.
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March 31, 2002
A few great and original developments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2002
This is a commercial film with limited ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2002
It's unfortunate that all this talent is misplaced on what is, essentially, a contrived mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 30, 2001
The Caveman's Valentine is a stylistically bold and bracingly ingenious thriller that grabs your attention, quickens your pulse -- and, when you least expect it, touches your heart.
October 24, 2001
Though not as brilliant as Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine represents an admirable sophomore effort, and a terrific showcase for Samuel L. Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 16, 2001
...not enough sustained mystery or suspense for a good crime thriller and not enough unique insights or perceptions for a good character study.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
April 27, 2001
It's a less-than- compelling drama and a much-less- than-compelling murder mystery, and it squanders a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2001
The film rests squarely on the capable shoulder of Samuel L. Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 2, 2001
A compelling, individual drama unlike any you're ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2001
The mystery is never as intriguing as the atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2001
Unlike most movies these days, which have very little going on inside them so as not to confuse the audience, The Caveman's Valentine roils with both narrative and cinematic ideas.
March 30, 2001
The overall conception is grand, daring, challenging. But the details of the story, crucial in a picture that's at least partly a mystery, remain a tangled blur.
March 30, 2001
A novel twist on a genre that seems always to be in a process of reinvention.
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