LUV Reviews

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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.
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
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
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
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
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
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.
January 15, 2013
With its rock-skimming male bonding alternating between grisly homicides and a florid Mexican standoff that begets a tidy take-the-money-and-run finale, this tale seems less timely than merely tall.
January 14, 2013
As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus.
January 14, 2013
June 27, 2012
While co-writer/director Sheldon Candis and co-writer Justin Wilson's screenplay could have benefitted from a few more drafts (or at least a little more sobriety), the acting in Luv makes the skinny script more palatable.
June 20, 2012
The ideas of good/bad, past/future, reality/fantasy are impressively tackled and embodied by the talented cast, but Candis's narrative starts to lose steam halfway through, causing these performances to lose their footing as well.
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.
January 24, 2012
Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
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