LUV Reviews

March 21, 2017
When Rainey Jr. and Common get into their screaming matches, it's powerful stuff.
April 9, 2013
Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.
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 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
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2012
Succeeds on an emotional level even if it fails to deliver anything very surprising in terms of plot.
February 10, 2012
Candis generally displays solid skills, and clearly works well with actors.