Love Liza Reviews

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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.
December 6, 2005
September 11, 2003
June 7, 2003
Lays grief on with a thickness that smothers.
May 6, 2003
Love Liza is a festival film that would have been better off staying on the festival circuit.
March 14, 2003
Pointless claptrap that wastes those fine performances in service of a story that's all too predictable.
March 14, 2003
Hoffman's performance provides the emotional release his brother's script and Louiso's direction try to deny us.
March 7, 2003
Largely this sad story is handled with a morbidity and monotony that go nowhere -- certainly not toward understanding.
February 28, 2003
While Hoffman's performance is great, the subject matter goes nowhere.
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.
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.
February 27, 2003
A showcase for an actor's actor rather than as a drama that engages our hearts.
February 27, 2003
A bleak little film, bold and well-intentioned in its unrelenting gaze on sorrow, but it never involves your emotions.
February 27, 2003
The script isn't very good; not even someone as gifted as Hoffman (the actor) can make it work.
February 24, 2003
The script never even comes close to resolving any of the issues it raises.
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.
February 7, 2003
Messy, rambling and often as incoherent as the protagonist's fume-induced stupor.
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 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
February 1, 2003
Instead of moving us, the script annoys; instead of amusing, it puzzles.
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