Levity Reviews

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April 4, 2018
wish I could find some enthusiasm for this film, which was given a wonderfully austere look by the cinematographer Roger Deakins... For all its seriousness, though, Levity struck me as pretentious and intractably lifeless.
September 7, 2011
July 11, 2003
In the end the film is undone by an overload of cliches, and by a gravity that never lets up.
June 27, 2003
Slow and satisfying.
June 19, 2003
An unrelentingly morose quest for redemption, one that leans too heavily on stock characters and tends to wander in odd directions.
May 16, 2003
This is a lovely film about redemption and guilt.
May 15, 2003
The characters in the well-meaning drama resemble symbols rather than people, while the storyline seeks mighty truths that remain evasive.
May 15, 2003
The characters are well drawn.
May 9, 2003
A movie that confuses seriousness with weight, significance with silence and import with emptiness.
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.
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.
May 9, 2003
Solomon never turns these themes into an actual story, or at least a story with any cumulative impact.
May 8, 2003
Ponderously paced and weighed down by a well-meant but mostly failed attempt to explore spiritual issues.
April 25, 2003
Ponderous and pretentious.
April 25, 2003
There is not a moment of authentic observation in the film; the director has assembled his characters out of stock melodrama.
April 25, 2003
So solemnly paced and deliberately performed that it seems to solidify before your very eyes.
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.
April 22, 2003
Thornton is starting to look like a one-trick pony.
April 14, 2003
[V]ery stagy and pretty awful.
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.
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