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.
January 9, 2017
The finale is too melodramatic to be powerful.
January 30, 2013
if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off.
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
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
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
The first half of the movie is painfully tense, drawing us into a relationship that we desperately want to see work. But the screenplay lets its characters down, as it devolves into platitudes and melodrama.
January 17, 2013
The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong.
January 17, 2013
Luv is split right down the middle between preposterousness and truth, and between amateurishness and confidence.
January 17, 2013
You're more likely to h8 it.
January 16, 2013
A clumsily violent attempt at grafting two reliable genres together into one somewhat edgy picture.
January 15, 2013
A kind of "Training Day" hoping for interstitial Terrence Malick poetry in the Baltimore landscape of "The Wire" with the occasional sensationalism of an action film.
January 15, 2013
Although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script (co-written by director Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson) that boxes them into impossible roles in one clichéd scene after another.
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