LUV Reviews

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March 21, 2017
When Rainey Jr. and Common get into their screaming matches, it's powerful stuff.
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 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
Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.
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 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
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
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 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.
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