Only Lovers Left Alive

2014

Only Lovers Left Alive

Critics Consensus

Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.

85%

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Total Count: 195

75%

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Movie Info

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (c) Sony Classics

Cast

John Hurt
as Marlowe
Jeffrey Wright
as Dr. Watson
Aurelie Thepaut
as Flight Attendant
Ali Amine
as Taxi Driver - Detroit
Dave W.
as White Hills
Ego Sensation
as White Hills
Nick Name
as White Hills
Fouad El Achaari
as Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha
as Man on Street, Tangier
Abdelkader Dourkan
as Man on Street, Tangier
Mohamed Chairi Felah
as Man on Street, Tangier
Bilal Chair Felah
as Man on Street, Tangier
Omar Raissouli
as Man on Street, Tangier
Marc Codsi
as Guitarist
Noureddine Touati
as Gnaoua Player
Hanane El Karni
as Young Moroccan Lover
Hamza Kadri
as Young Moroccan Lover
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Critic Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

All Critics (195) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (165) | Rotten (30)

  • Even vampires get the blues.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • This is a film that finds horror not in the extreme, but in the mundane. That alone makes it a worthwhile entry in a genre that it both inhabits and rises above.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Somehow it's all very entertaining and weird and fitting, with Detroit looking like a place any vampire would be happy to be.

    May 2, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • You don't so much watch this movie as slink into it, joining an unlikely pair of lovers and enjoying their slouchy elegance.

    May 1, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • "Only Lovers Left Alive" breathes new and intriguing life into the vampire genre.

    May 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it's also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash.

    Apr 25, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

  • Jan 11, 2017
    What would vampires live like today? We already got an answer to that in the hilariously funny "What we do in the shadows" but Jim Jarmush has his own. They stick to the rules and stay undetected, not killing people. They've been the muses behind scientists and artists for centuries but grow weary of humans. Hiddleston is a surprisingly grumpy vampire, not giving us his trademark grin. His hipster snob is pretty amusing, just like Swinton's hippie.There are genuinely funny, albeit subtle, moments. But the film's pace is really slow and the plot remains somewhat episodic. That's still rather entertaining but could have used a bit more of a, well, bite.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2016
    As an art film, "Only Lovers Left Alive" is beautiful, stylish and meditative. As a vampire flick, it's boring, aimless and anemic. Whether you like the movie or not will depend heavily on what you're looking for.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Beautiful, to be sure, but Only Lovers Left Alive is under-explored and lacks conflict for all but its second act.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    Only Lovers Left Alive has a vibe that is laid back and moody: melancholic and yet loving beauty and art and life; the love and melancholy seem to feed off each other. Whether or not you can feel such a vibe or can enjoy style simply as the outflow of artistic feeling (like with Godard films) will determine whether you can like this movie. The film is not so much driven by plot; it is like music that is more about mood than melody; it is more about what keeps vampires going in their esoteric dystopia where the blood of life is stagnant and contaminated. Personally, I enjoyed it quite a bit, as I have most Jarmusch films. They have an authenticity and sincerity to them, and one gets a feeling of love for music and creation. Various aspects are easy to critique, but I do not see the point. In the film world, execution and polish (if it is right to call CG that) are common, while spirit is rare, and so I rate this one right up.
    Robert B Super Reviewer

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