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Love Liza Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 24, 2007
Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a strong performance that slightly elevates this minor film (written by his brother) above its narrow scope and small-scale production.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 7, 2003
A bela performance de Hoffman é prejudicada pelo roteiro irregular, que o obriga a passar por mudanças súbitas e inexplicáveis, como se a necessidade de arrancar lágrimas do espectador fosse maior do que o interesse em buscar coesão para a história.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2003
Lays grief on with a thickness that smothers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 6, 2003
Love Liza is a festival film that would have been better off staying on the festival circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 18, 2003
Love Liza doesn't leave us with redemptive speeches or somber homilies but with a hard-earned sense of something moving down deep, below the apparent emptiness
Full Review| Original Score: B
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 14, 2003
Despite the film's bizarre developments, Hoffman keeps us riveted with every painful nuance, unexpected flashes of dark comedy and the character's gripping humanity.
| Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 14, 2003
Pointless claptrap that wastes those fine performances in service of a story that's all too predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 14, 2003
Hoffman's performance provides the emotional release his brother's script and Louiso's direction try to deny us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 13, 2003
Hoffman is a terrific character actor.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2003
The film skillfully taps into the desire to watch the slow burn in its entirety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
It comes the closest to any movie experience I've had in re-creating the aftermath of unexplained suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2003
Hoffman's unfettered performance beautifully captures Wilson's sad, manic quality.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 7, 2003
Largely this sad story is handled with a morbidity and monotony that go nowhere -- certainly not toward understanding.
| Original Score: C
Top Critic
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
March 7, 2003
This is a film that succeeds on the strength of its acting, which is uniformly brilliant.
| Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
March 5, 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman carries the piece and makes what might have been an otherwise unbearable film oddly gratifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
A low-key labor of love that strikes a very resonant chord.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 28, 2003
While Hoffman's performance is great, the subject matter goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 28, 2003
After a while, Hoffman's quirks and mannerisms, particularly his penchant for tearing up on cue -- things that seem so real in small doses -- become annoying and artificial.
| Original Score: 1/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 28, 2003
There seems to be little point to any of this, other than to afford Hoffman, one of Hollywood's best character actors, a chance to show extreme emotional range.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 27, 2003
A showcase for an actor's actor rather than as a drama that engages our hearts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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