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The Caveman's Valentine Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Complex and violent movie -- not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Jackson struggles mightily with a thankless role which has him doing and saying way too many absurd things.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Lemmons creates mesmerizing passages, but she can't bring this one to a fulfilling crescendo.
| Original Score: C+
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002
Samuel L. Jackson is awesome...this movie isn't.
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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
March 31, 2002
A few great and original developments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
This is a commercial film with limited ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
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
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Ted Murphy
April 2, 2001
The film rests squarely on the capable shoulder of Samuel L. Jackson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 2, 2001
A compelling, individual drama unlike any you're ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
April 1, 2001
The mystery is never as intriguing as the atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
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.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 30, 2001
A novel twist on a genre that seems always to be in a process of reinvention.
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