Loveless (Nelyubov) Reviews

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March 9, 2020
The director may be a master at setting a mood, but his insights here don't cut especially deep.
May 11, 2018
An emotionally stark indictment of middle class malaise and the broken promises of an empire, Loveless is one of the best films you'll see this year.
April 25, 2018
It's a kind of thriller, but without easy resolution. Zvyagintsev does not deal in reassurance: there is none to be had in this cold, hard place.
April 20, 2018
Is this what Russia is really like today? Obviously there's more to it than this, but this cold yet extremely gifted director's dissection of his society is never less than riveting.
March 29, 2018
All three leads give subtly wrenching performances that wouldn't have been out of place in Ingmar Bergman's oeuvre.
March 26, 2018
Loveless is about a state of mind, a lament, an indictment of crimes against the human spirit.
March 21, 2018
"Loveless," which is Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" dipped in battery acid, is a master class in melancholy.
March 16, 2018
Everything here - from the image to the dialogue to the landscape to the film's vision and judgment - is clean, cold, and bracing.
March 16, 2018
The whole story can be seen as a metaphor for Putin's Russia and the way the country has lost its humanity. "Loveless" is as bleak and harsh as the tundra.
March 8, 2018
The movie's about two people - and, by extension, the culture and country of which they're a part - confronting the fact that they're no longer recognizably human.
March 2, 2018
These images are more powerful than any of the characterizations, which are less complex than one usually finds in the director's work...The director may be a master at setting a mood, but his insights here don't cut especially deep.
March 1, 2018
Director Zvyagintsev, who co-wrote the film, is intent on showing how calamity doesn't necessarily unite people - it can push them further apart.
February 22, 2018
Zvyagintsev and his sterling cast expertly paint the portrait of a family too blinded by selfish desires to see the pain they are causing others.
February 22, 2018
Its message isn't subtle, but it is delivered with deadly, haunting finality.
February 21, 2018
This is a film that's likely to stick with you because of its exceptional intensity.
February 16, 2018
Zvyagintsev has always been wildly ambitious, sometimes to a fault, and Loveless is perhaps his most encompassing indictment of Russian society.
February 15, 2018
There's something profoundly affecting in its ugly truths, a sliver that gets under the skin and stays there.
February 15, 2018
It's relentlessly cold-hearted that you get the sense that Zhenya and Boris might prefer it if their son doesn't turn up - they are so deeply selfish and resentful of his existence..Loveless is a beautifully shot and elegantly constructed film.
February 15, 2018
After his last two dissections of modern Russia, Zvyagintsev takes a more people-focused than system-exposing approach this time to laying bare his country's psychological fault lines.
February 15, 2018
The filmmakers' purpose is social portraiture with a psychodynamic context.
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