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Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.



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From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

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Joel Edgerton
as Richard Loving
Ruth Negga
as Mildred
Michael Shannon
as Grey Villet
Marton Csokas
as Sheriff Brooks
Nick Kroll
as Bernie Cohen
Jon Bass (II)
as Phil Hirschkop
Terri Abney
as Garnet Jeter
Alano Miller
as Raymond Green
Dean Mumford
as Drag Race Driver
Benjamin Booker
as Shotgun Shack Musician #1
Justin Robinson
as Shotgun Shack Musician #2
Dennis Williams
as Shotgun Shack Musician #3
Keith Tyree
as Bricklayer
Rebecca Turner
as Pregnant Girl
Mike Shiflett
as Magistrate
Karen Vicks
as Clara the Cashier
Lance Lemon
as Cousin Davis
Greg Cooper
as County Jailer
Robert Haulbrook
as County Clerk
Bill Camp
as Frank Beazely
Bridget Gethins
as Court Secretary
Dave Jensen
as Judge Bazile
Jevin Crochrell
as Sidney (Middle)
Jordan Williams, Jr.
as Donald (Middle)
Georgia Crawford
as Peggy (Middle)
Coley Campany
as Secretary
Brenan Young
as Sidney (Older)
Dalyn M. Cleckley
as Donald (Older)
Quinn McPherson
as Peggy (Older)
Terry Menefee Gau
as Antieau's Secretary
Matt Malloy
as Chet Antieau
A. Smith Harrison
as Reporter Supreme Court
Coby Batty
as Telephone Man
Jennifer Joyner
as Documentarian
Scott Wichmann
as Reporter #1 (Press Conference)
Keith Flippen
as Reporter #2 (Press Conference)
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Critic Reviews for Loving

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  • The film shines a light on how far the U.S. has come in its views of equality, but also how far it has still to go. A true story that is still very relevant, Loving is understated, compelling and deeply affecting.

    Jul 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This could be the synopsis of a mediocre "inspirational" telemovie, but Nichols is a very deliberate artist, and Loving is as carefully made as anything he has done.

    Mar 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a touching and honest film.

    Mar 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What is radical about Nichols's film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention but on the Lovings themselves.

    Feb 3, 2017 | Full Review…

    Tom Shone

    Top Critic
  • Nichols is one of today's finest rural storytellers, and he never wavers in his approach, going small where others would go grandiose. "Loving" is an exercise in restraint befitting the quiet couple at its center.

    Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.

    Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Loving

  • Mar 15, 2018
    A historic true saga that amazingly never feels epic or anything like a history lesson, the appropriately titled Loving brilliantly paints a sprawling panorama with intimate brushstrokes and the audience is the better for it. This PG-13-rated drama presents The story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. Truthfully, filmgoers don't even know that a cyclorama has been built around them in just over two hours until the end credits start to roll. The audience gets so caught up in the titular couple's tender romance in the segregated south that the landmark court decision that follows (Loving v. the Commonwealth of Virginia) somehow feels less important than their personal vindication. Rather than relegating the bullet points of their lives to actual headlines and news footage, a tired device that many filmmakers would have juxtaposed into the narrative, Loving begins with a very private moment between the couple that immediately makes all viewers sympathetic partners in this journey. Beautifully so, this intimate handling of their lives stays the course throughout the film. And for many, sympathy slowly becomes empathy. However despicable the facts, there is much to love about Loving's depiction of the harrowing real events surrounding their plight. Let us count the ways. First off, it marks a career best for writer-director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Midnight Special), who gives audiences a fly-on-the-wall - almost immersive - look into the lives of this rock of a couple. His canvas is practically living and breathing-not without style but never being showy, as well as pointed without ever being in your face. Secondly, as if taking you by the hand, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga lead filmgoers beat for naturalistic beat through their ordeal. Appropriate to the characters, their love is palpable and wholly real without ever getting hot and heavy on-screen. These are normal (in their eyes, at least, despite the mores of the period) and simple (but not simplistic) country folk thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Thanks to their performances and Nichols' understated framing of these performances, the drama never feels anything less than nakedly honest. It's a truthful depiction of a true story that feels incredibly refreshing in the bi-polar political climate of a very divided modern America where bigotry very much remains. To Sun it Up: Black and White and Gold All Over
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2017
    I find it remarkable how Nichols uses a sober, unsentimental approach (with a very nice attention to details) to tell this real-life story and move us because of the sheer strength of what he wants to say, benefiting mostly from two excellent central performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Nicely acted and directed, "Loving" tells the story of one of the biggest civil rights cases in U.S. history -- with hardly any reference to the courtroom story itself. "Loving" is about the people involved, the injustice they faced, and their often quiet determination to stand up for the ones they love. What it may lack in drama it makes up for in heart.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    Understated, maybe too understated, story of interracial marriage in 1950s that led to a historic Supreme Court decision. Liked it. Didn't love it.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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