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LUV Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 9, 2013
Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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+
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
January 18, 2013
Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 18, 2013
An attempt to do something new in the field of boyz-n-the-hood relationship dramas.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
January 18, 2013
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 17, 2013
"LUV" may not convince with Woody's aggressively telescoped transformation. But the actors compensate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 17, 2013
his contains plenty of incidental pleasures, including some vibrant images of contemporary Baltimore and fun character turns from Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 17, 2013
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 14, 2012
Succeeds on an emotional level even if it fails to deliver anything very surprising in terms of plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
January 30, 2013
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Robert Levin
amNewYork
January 25, 2013
It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
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
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