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LUV Reviews

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March 21, 2017
When Rainey Jr. and Common get into their screaming matches, it's powerful stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2017
The finale is too melodramatic to be powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2013
Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2013
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 25, 2013
It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 18, 2013
Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 18, 2013
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
January 17, 2013
An almost likable movie about unshackling the past.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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."
Top Critic
January 17, 2013
Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.
January 17, 2013
"LUV" may not convince with Woody's aggressively telescoped transformation. But the actors compensate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 17, 2013
It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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