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Love Liza Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
January 9, 2003
Philip Seymour Hoffman is fascinating to watch -- just not so close up!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 30, 2002
Mild thumbs down.
Nick Schager
January 10, 2003
Love Liza fetishizes grief to the point of abstraction, leaving viewers in an emotional lurch.
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
The dreariness of the film is oppressive and tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 24, 2003
The script never even comes close to resolving any of the issues it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
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-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 7, 2003
Lays grief on with a thickness that smothers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 27, 2003
The script isn't very good; not even someone as gifted as Hoffman (the actor) can make it work.
| Original Score: D+
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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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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
Geoff Carter
Las Vegas Weekly
September 11, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
February 7, 2003
Messy, rambling and often as incoherent as the protagonist's fume-induced stupor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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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