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Levity Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
This is one of those films that seems to mistake lack of dialogue for meaningful silence and has every line delivered as if it were the most important thing ever said.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
There is not a moment of authentic observation in the film; the director has assembled his characters out of stock melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2003
[V]ery stagy and pretty awful.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2003
A number of key choices in the movie just feel wrong.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2003
There is probably a good film in Levity, but it's hidden beneath layers of heavy-handed dramatizing and a large roster of tortured-soul characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Todd McCarthy
February 6, 2003
A half-baked moral fable that suffers from insufficiencies both of narrative concreteness and religious depth.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 30, 2003
The movie is stymied by its rather rigid approach to sending us a message about redemption and forgiveness. Message? No, make that sermon.
| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 4, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 14, 2003
A delicate, quiet absolution tale where feeling is paramount, Levity's ensemble nature diffuses the potential strength of its character study.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 8, 2003
Smells suspiciously of indie self-consciousness.
| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 12, 2003
It's all very portenous and symbolic and Meaningful, and everyone's so very aware of what an Important Film this is meant to be.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 3, 2003
Mr. Thornton's ostentatious restraint and his bottomless melancholy cry out for a mask and cape, and a few judicious special effects might have provided some relief, or at least helped the movie justify its title.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
April 4, 2003
Well-intentioned, but solemn to the point of atrophy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2003
Near torture to sit through.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 11, 2003
A lumbering pity party.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2003
Solomon's agnosticism on the subjects of atonement and redemption -- the precise areas of the movie's investigation -- makes the filmmaker as paralyzed as his lead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
Thornton is starting to look like a one-trick pony.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
Ponderous and pretentious.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 8, 2003
Ponderously paced and weighed down by a well-meant but mostly failed attempt to explore spiritual issues.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 9, 2003
Solomon never turns these themes into an actual story, or at least a story with any cumulative impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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