LUV Reviews

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July 24, 2019
A Baltimore set coming-of-age tale that, for the most part, is quite compelling, though due to some glaring implausible moments, loses significant steam by the closing credits.
April 15, 2019
A woefully contrived tale of delinquent father-figures and inescapable pasts, but it succeeds as a platform for its excellent cast to exhibit their masterful acting skills.
August 30, 2018
Charismatic actors can only do so much with lackluster writing and poor plotting.
March 21, 2017
When Rainey Jr. and Common get into their screaming matches, it's powerful stuff.
January 9, 2017
The finale is too melodramatic to be powerful.
April 9, 2013
Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.
January 30, 2013
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
January 28, 2013
Candis demonstrates a practiced hand in his direction, keeping the pace brisk and the tension taut. But there's no getting around the meandering and highly formulaic script.
January 25, 2013
Clearly inspired by the television show "The Wire," newbie writer-director Sheldon Candis stumbles through crime drama clichés in a prosaic coming-of-age movie that fails to connect on any level.
January 25, 2013
It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.
January 18, 2013
Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
January 18, 2013
An attempt to do something new in the field of boyz-n-the-hood relationship dramas.
January 18, 2013
Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical.
January 18, 2013
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
January 18, 2013
A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.
January 18, 2013
A hackneyed, from-the-streets Sundance drama that would be mostly forgettable if not for the performance of child actor Michael Rainey Jr.
January 18, 2013
Candis doesn't trust his himself to pull it off, weighing the film down with a disconnected score that pushes an otherwise edgy story into melodrama.
January 17, 2013
An almost likable movie about unshackling the past.
January 17, 2013
What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV."
January 17, 2013
Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
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