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Keep the Lights On Reviews

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Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
August 22, 2013
Keep the Lights On acknowledges (without belaboring) the performative nature of identity; how each of our claims to selfhood, be it sexual, romantic, or professional, are staged on a shifting terrain of habit, fantasy, and desire.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly
January 27, 2013
The best film of 2012...Perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 9, 2013
Small in frame but large in heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 15, 2012
Sachs captures Erik's yearning for Paul and Paul's addiction-induced indifference with equal force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 12, 2012
An intimate, honest and uncompromising study of the need for love and the addictions to drugs, sex and intense emotion that may accompany -- and sabotage -- love's pursuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 11, 2012
A brutally honest, at times embarrassingly raw, attempt to capture a modern day, urban relationship...bittersweet and filled with memorable details, a huge leap forward for [director] Sachs.
November 4, 2012
It feels as if we're being given glimpses into real lives unfolding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
November 2, 2012
There's a lot to like here, and if you're a traditionalist who hungers for a happy ending, you'll find it embedded in the opening credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
November 2, 2012
Director-cowriter Sachs takes an unusually intimate look at a 10-year relationship in this beautifully shot and performed New York drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
November 1, 2012
A tenderly observed portrait of a man aching for romance even as he resists the idea of full commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McCahill
November 1, 2012
Every frame pulses with hard-gained experience: it may be the most lived-in film of 2012, and certainly counts among the most moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Vadim Rizov
Little White Lies
November 1, 2012
Monitoring the peaks and troughs of this fractious relationship is more fascinating than enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
October 31, 2012
A visually arresting and wholly compelling drama, thanks to its gorgeously warm cinematography, pleasing soundtrack and impressive and convincing performances from its two male leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2012
This is a painful drama, but its pain is more studied than emotive, and it demands that we think just as much as it makes us feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
October 29, 2012
Feels lopsided in its focus on Erik, with Paul remaining a strangely remote object of the former's romantic devotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
October 29, 2012
While not quite on a par with Andrew Haigh's Weekend, this is still an undeniably powerful piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
October 26, 2012
It is a film in which we see snapshots of a long-term love affair that seems doomed from the start. The raw truth of much of it is strong enough to make the sometimes frustrating structure forgivable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 26, 2012
It all has the feel of a pretentious film student desperately trying to make a statement with his thesis film. It's extremely overwrought with laughable melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2012
The cast, uniformly excellent, draws us into a vibrant, energetic Manhattan where commitments are forged and broken through sheer chance and those seeking permanence must continually resist temptation and ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 25, 2012
A complex and mysterious tale of a love affair, one that lacks the tidy story arc of a movie but feels real.
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