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Love Liza Reviews

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January 9, 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman is fascinating to watch -- just not so close up!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2002
Mild thumbs down.
January 10, 2003
Love Liza fetishizes grief to the point of abstraction, leaving viewers in an emotional lurch.
September 18, 2002
The dreariness of the film is oppressive and tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 24, 2003
The script never even comes close to resolving any of the issues it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 6, 2003
A movie of literary devices largely stripped of literary projection, Love Liza breathlessly and earnestly angles for, but catches only in small swatches, a sort of transcendent, plebian snapshot of post-analytical grief.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 2, 2003
One can only assume that the jury who bestowed star Hoffman's brother Gordy with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at 2002's Sundance Festival were honoring an attempt to do something different over actually pulling it off
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 7, 2003
Lays grief on with a thickness that smothers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 30, 2002
At its best the film has some of the unadorned, incisive strangeness of the minimalist American fiction of the 1980's, but it also shows the limitations of minimalism, and feels, even in its relative brevity, about half an hour too long.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2003
Lisa Rinzler's cinematography may be lovely, but Love Liza's tale itself virtually collapses into an inhalant blackout, maintaining consciousness just long enough to achieve callow pretension.
January 3, 2003
Love Liza doesn't so much dramatize one character's process of mourning as string together arbitrarily strange scenarios that allow a performer to perform.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 31, 2003
Louiso lets the movie dawdle in classic disaffected-indie-film mode, and brother Hoffman's script stumbles over a late-inning twist that just doesn't make sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2003
The script isn't very good; not even someone as gifted as Hoffman (the actor) can make it work.
Read More | Original Score: D+
February 27, 2003
A showcase for an actor's actor rather than as a drama that engages our hearts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 14, 2003
I was feeling this movie until it veered off too far into the Exxon zone, and left me behind at the station looking for a return ticket to realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 11, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 7, 2003
Messy, rambling and often as incoherent as the protagonist's fume-induced stupor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 22, 2002
What with the incessant lounge music playing in the film's background, you may mistake Love Liza for an Adam Sandler Chanukah song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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