Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)



Critic 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.

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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
R (for language and brief nudity)
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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
Yasmine Hamdan
as Yasmine
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 (167) | Top Critics (45)

Even vampires get the blues.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Somehow it's all very entertaining and weird and fitting, with Detroit looking like a place any vampire would be happy to be.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"Only Lovers Left Alive" breathes new and intriguing life into the vampire genre.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Jarmusch knows well the kind of engrossing atmosphere that he wants to invoke with this story of old-fashioned, cultivated vampires who feel intensely disappointed in people's disdain for Science and Art and are doomed to succumb in the mediocrity that dominates the world.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston's alabaster pale, rocker cool, ritualistically tender vampire love spans eras, and while this film is a bit of a narrative hot mess, Jim Jarmusch's languid pacing and attention to detail (the books, the instruments, those omnipresent sunglasses) create a wry and intellectual atmosphere that is absent in most vampire flicks...well, most "flicks" in general. The Marlowe having written Shakespeare's work gag is rather trite, and the most action and conflict-filled part of the movie comes too late and ends too early with the arrival and departure of Ava - the bratty, simpering baby vampire - played by a hilariously vexing Mia Wasikowska. She's so cute that you just want to stab her in the face.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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