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The Caveman's Valentine Reviews

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James Berardinelli
February 26, 2001
This 'thriller' is more likely to lull viewers to sleep than to keep them on the edges of their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
February 7, 2001
Falls short of its serious aspirations by a very long way.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 16, 2001
Burdened by sloppy plot turns and unbelievable characters.
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
Susan Granger
March 14, 2001
Despite Samuel L. Jackson's impressive performance, it's an urban whodunit done in by a weak plot.
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2001
Gets less and less convincing as it goes on.
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Jan Stuart
March 2, 2001
Operatic chimera and gumshoe grit make for uneasy bedfellows.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 5, 2001
The Caveman has lapses of logic, but fewer than you will find in George Dawes Green's improbable script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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+
Jose Antonio Vargas
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002
Samuel L. Jackson is awesome...this movie isn't.
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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 1, 2001
Deserves an A for ambition, but the final product is a pastiche of too many predecessors.
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
Daniel Steinhart
Film Journal International
February 7, 2001
What began as an exciting twist on the detective genre turns into not much more than pedestrian murder mystery.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
March 1, 2001
It seems like the kind of art film that might have been dreamed up by a feverish high schooler.
Tom Block
March 1, 2001
Nothing in The Caveman's Valentine feels properly grounded or set up.
Dave Kehr
March 1, 2001
Drastically overplotted and filled with unnecessary characters, which strangles the story.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
March 1, 2001
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