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Loving (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

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

All Critics (254) | Top Critics (49)

An historically accurate account of an almost 50 year-old watershed civil rights case. It's also an intimate drama about two people who risk their safety and liberty to be together.

December 2, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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.

July 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | 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.

February 3, 2017 | Full Review…
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.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.

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

It shows how far America has come in its views of race and equality - and how far is left to go.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Loving

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

With a true story as sensitive as this, it was imperative that the filmmakers took care in choosing the right aspects to showcase, as well as do an impeccable job in casting. After viewing Loving, I can say from the bottom of my heart that this was a story that needed to be told on the big screen. Going into this film, you will probably be able to guess the outcome and where the film will choose to conclude its story, but that is not an issue here. Normally, a true story is released and leaves me wishing I had seen more while the credits were rolling, but Loving spends just enough time with its core storyline that it becomes a simple, yet moving tale. Some people are calling this one of the best films of the year. While I don't believe it will rank among my favourites, I will surely remember it. Our world will always have its issues. From war, to robbers, to cheaters, life is filled with evil. One thing that has almost become non-existent is the right against being able to marry someone of another race. Back into 1960s, interracial marriage was frowned upon throughout many states, Virginia being one of them. Following Richard and Mildred Loving as they become happily married, forced out of their state to raise their family for the next 25 years, and try to find ways of lessening their sentence, Loving is a moving and memorable piece of filmmaking. Simple and to the point, it does not take an excessive amount of time to get to the point, but rather gives itself a slow-pace in order to let the emotions sink in. From Take Shelter to Midnight Special, director Jeff Nichols has been known for his beautiful direction and ways of putting his vision on screen. Most of his films have a very drab look to them, fitting very well with the stories at hand, and Loving is no exception to that notion. Shot in a much more simplified manor than some of his previous work, I believe that was necessary for this particular story. Throughout each and every scenes, everything that needs to be focussed on or in frame, is. Loving is a very well-shot and well-directed film all around. If this film does not receive a ton of buzz come Oscar season, I still recommend checking it out. It is a very well-made picture. Everything about Loving comes off as subtle. In the end, there really aren't any complaints I have with the film itself, other than being incredibly slow. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are wonderfully cast here and their chemistry is some of the most believable I have seen all year. There is nothing magnificent about this screenplay, which is precisely why I loved the writing so much. There is very little dialogue unless it is completely necessary, and when there is an excessive amount of dialogue, it feels totally natural as it flows out of each characters mouth. For all of these reasons, I found this film very easy and relaxing to watch, ending in tears, due to the effectiveness from the cast. In the end, Loving is a wonderfully crafted film by director Jeff Nichols. That being said, it is a very, very slow moving film that some audiences may become bored by. For myself, the pacing fit the tone and story very well. There is not much to the story, unless you include the subtext in the final frame, explaining the rest of the events. That being said, it makes it a much more cohesive story with not too many chances of making a mistake. It shows a very little glimpse into the way that this family dealt with this horrible fate and as a film, is beautiful to gander at. I felt soothed and relaxed throughout this film, as the calming pace really makes for an enjoyable viewing experience. Again, this pacing will not be for everyone, but Loving is an undeniably well-made film. Highly recommended to those who are curious about this subject matter.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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