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Keep the Lights On Reviews

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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.
February 16, 2013
Read More | Original Score: B
January 27, 2013
The best film of 2012...Perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 9, 2013
Small in frame but large in heart.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 1, 2012
Monitoring the peaks and troughs of this fractious relationship is more fascinating than enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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