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Love Liza Reviews

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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2003
Largely this sad story is handled with a morbidity and monotony that go nowhere -- certainly not toward understanding.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 7, 2003
This is a film that succeeds on the strength of its acting, which is uniformly brilliant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
February 27, 2003
A bleak little film, bold and well-intentioned in its unrelenting gaze on sorrow, but it never involves your emotions.
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 22, 2003
By turns whimsical and disturbing, Love Liza is anchored by Philip Seymour Hoffman's persuasive performance.
February 13, 2003
It is a warm, perceptive study of people who do curious things.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 7, 2003
It's hard to love Love Liza, Todd Louiso's well-crafted but grim exercise in misery, but hiding within it are moments of exquisite acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2003
This is a nicely handled affair, a film about human darkness but etched with a light (yet unsentimental) touch.
February 7, 2003
Despite Hoffman's best efforts, Wilson remains a silent, lumpish cipher; his encounters reveal nothing about who he is or who he was before.
February 7, 2003
There is a kind of attentive concern that Hoffman brings to his characters, as if he has been giving them private lessons, and now it is time for their first public recital.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2003
Louiso has a confident touch and a good eye, and there isn't a scene in the film that wasn't intelligently done.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2003
Oddly, the film isn't nearly as downbeat as it sounds, but strikes a tone that's alternately melancholic, hopeful and strangely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 30, 2003
An amazing little character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2003
Hoffman is understandably concerned about typecasting, but he is indeed the man for the job, recalling the intensity that Nicholas Cage brought to an Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2003
A picture as erratic as its central character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 8, 2003
This isn't an uplifting nor a profoundly memorable film, but it's honorable and honest enough to face a truth that Hollywood movies rarely deliver: that life sometimes deals us injuries from which we never recover.
January 3, 2003
Eerily accurate depiction of depression.
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 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.
December 30, 2002
Mild thumbs down.
December 30, 2002
An oddly endearing little chamber piece that provides a terrific showcase for Hoffman.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2002
Determinedly modest in tone, Love Liza is a fiercely brave and honest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 21, 2002
A piercing, acutely poetic film about a very difficult subject.