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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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
March 31, 2002
A few great and original developments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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
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.
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.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 15, 2001
While Lemmon's film is uneven, it's still a unique piece of work by an inventive filmmaker willing to take risks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 14, 2001
The film never quite shakes itself free of the tired cliché that street people are quirky, sometimes cute, and somehow privy to a spiritual purity lost to us social folk.
| Original Score: B-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 12, 2001
It keeps your eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
March 12, 2001
Strong acting and metrical filmmaking buy the picture several short reprieves from collapsing under the continued strain of gross implausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 9, 2001
Jackson's convincing portrayal of an untethered psyche scrambling for purchase on the slippery slope of sanity and Lemmons's arresting cinematic vision, in which we see the world through the eyes of a man continually descending into ...madness, is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 9, 2001
Intriguing, visually startling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
March 9, 2001
Despite and sometimes because of its unevenness, the film conveys the delusions of daily existence with fierce poetry.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 9, 2001
Overall, the film is certainly interesting to watch ... It's just too bad that once the premise is set up, that the details of the mystery and the protagonist's attempt to solve it feel like a bit of a letdown in comparison.
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 9, 2001
The new film confirms that Lemmons and Jackson are a movie team made in heaven.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 8, 2001
An inconsistent movie, but the good stuff is built on top of the bad stuff, so there's a sense that even the flat scenes need to be there.
Top Critic
March 8, 2001
Mostly good fun.
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 8, 2001
Mood -- and of course Jackson's performance -- sustains the movie.
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