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Keep the Lights On Reviews

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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
The movie over-blurs the line between plain and plaintive. It's not necessarily craziness you crave, it's inflection; it's need, if not from the characters then from the filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 3, 2012
The two characters are ciphers, and the script, which Sachs co-wrote with Mauricio Zacharias, is by turns underwritten or banal.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 6, 2012
Sachs' use of a gay relationship doesn't cast any particular new light on the subject of addiction, nor does addiction offer new insight into gay relationships.
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 6, 2012
Long before the eighth fraught reunion between this self-serious drama's ultimately mismatched (and uninteresting) gay lovers, you may find yourself tuning out.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 21, 2012
Such is the stuff of high drama, but "Keep the Lights On" maintains an oddly distant air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie Neish
October 16, 2012
Keep the Lights On is an intense, haunting and gut-wrenchingly honest character drama about how addiction can tear love apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
October 11, 2012
In trying to capture a moment in time, Sachs has left nothing uncovered. Navigating his darkest moments with unsparing honesty, he finds a flicker of hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 9, 2013
Small in frame but large in heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sam Adams
AV Club
September 6, 2012
A poignant case study in the changing contours of gay life.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 25, 2012
When you summon memories of this film, they are almost always of two men in a room, in a default state of discontent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
September 6, 2012
What makes Keep the Lights On more interesting than your average addiction story is the subtle suggestion that Erik's dependence on Paul and his messes is just as debilitating as Paul's taste for drugs.
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William Goss
January 27, 2012
Bless [Sachs] for eschewing melodrama in favor of tenderness, but his characters are often left adrift in a sea of conflicting emotions.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 3, 2012 turns, heartbreaking and hopeful. Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth are exquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly
January 27, 2013
The best film of 2012...Perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2012
Gay love story keeps the focus tight and personal, with strong sex scenes and very naturalistic acting.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2012
A harsh yet delicate tale of two New Yorkers whose co-dependent relationship is fueled by sex, drugs and complex longings for companionship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Grierson
September 5, 2012
"Keep the Lights On" is both warm and a bit inscrutable. It feels like the work of a man who's in a better place but still sifting through past heartache.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 25, 2012
I suspect it will have particular appeal for those who struggle with addiction.
| Original Score: 3/4
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