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Levity Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2003
In the end the film is undone by an overload of cliches, and by a gravity that never lets up.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
June 27, 2003
Slow and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2003
An unrelentingly morose quest for redemption, one that leans too heavily on stock characters and tends to wander in odd directions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2003
This is a lovely film about redemption and guilt.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 15, 2003
The characters in the well-meaning drama resemble symbols rather than people, while the storyline seeks mighty truths that remain evasive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2003
The characters are well drawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
A movie that confuses seriousness with weight, significance with silence and import with emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 9, 2003
This is all supposed to be highly mystical and whatnot, with both women needing help and Manual being there to provide it, but frankly I'm not buying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2003
Corny in its use of symbolism and coincidence, marred by the deadpan performance of its hero, it seems more like a parody than a parable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
So solemnly paced and deliberately performed that it seems to solidify before your very eyes.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
Ponderous and pretentious.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2003
Beautifully cast and acted, smartly written, done with excruciating care and glowing Roger Deakins cinematography, it's a film that, in some ways, suffers from its own seriousness, the very passion and guts that make it special.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
Thornton is starting to look like a one-trick pony.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2003
[V]ery stagy and pretty awful.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 11, 2003
This quiet story occasionally resounds with emotion, and Solomon is a talent to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 11, 2003
A lumbering pity party.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 4, 2003
It's an intriguing movie, and Thornton's performance is both fascinating and maddening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2003
Near torture to sit through.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 4, 2003
Well-intentioned, but solemn to the point of atrophy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 4, 2003
Full of bald coincidences and vague moralizing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2003
There is just no sense of authenticity in the relationship of the characters to the environment in which Solomon has placed them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2003
Those who can forgive the director's pretensions will discover some fine filmmaking.
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Edward Crouse
Village Voice
April 1, 2003
Real levity is barely present.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 31, 2003
A thoughtful, almost poetic, piece that puts forth the argument that redemption is not easily achieved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 6, 2003
A half-baked moral fable that suffers from insufficiencies both of narrative concreteness and religious depth.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2003
A high-charged emotional work, fleshed out with believable characters and a sharply observed environment.