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Loveless (Nelyubov) Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 15, 2018
This is no textbook mystery; it retains a realistic core that kept me committed to what becomes an increasingly cold case. The movie is also worth watching for the uniformly good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 22, 2018
Its message isn't subtle, but it is delivered with deadly, haunting finality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2018
There's something profoundly affecting in its ugly truths, a sliver that gets under the skin and stays there.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
February 15, 2018
A couple goes looking for their missing son and exposes the corrupt soul of Putin-era Russian in an Oscar-nominated stunner that means to shake you and does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 12, 2018
A fiercely smart drama, its despairing mood sticks with you long after it ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 5, 2018
For all the deadened souls who throng the tale, the telling could not be more alive.
December 1, 2017
[Zvyagintsev] continues to solidify his place as one of the most important and original voices in world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 30, 2017
Novikov is on screen for only a few minutes and has little dialogue, but that's all this young actor needs to make a devastating impression.
November 30, 2017
Zvyagintsev ... uses a toxic marriage to paint a larger portrait of decay, dereliction and moral detachment.
November 30, 2017
Family meltdown as allegory for national crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 28, 2017
Hovers between personal drama and deep political allegory.
September 22, 2017
A visually mesmerizing film, even as it captures a nightmarish situation.
May 26, 2017
Loveless is an unsparing portrait of an emotionally, ethically and physically ravaged country.
May 18, 2017
Such a haunting experience that it remains absorbing even when it doesn't go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 18, 2017
Loveless gives us a multicourse meal of social ills, too dispersed to feel like a thesis, yet too chilly to feel like a raw, unbridled tantrum.
Top Critic
May 18, 2017
Zvyagintsev's harsh truths, coupled with his uncharitable characterizations, still strike me as too obvious by half. But there are details here worth savoring ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 18, 2017
Zvyagintsev once again demonstrates his remarkable gift for creating perfectly formed dramatic microcosms that illustrate the bred-in-the-bone pathologies of Russian society.
May 18, 2017
Takes an ominous, reverberating look not at the politics of Russia but at the crisis of empathy at the culture's core.