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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. Read critic reviews

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Artistic, sophisticated and centuries old, two vampire lovers (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston) ponder their ultimate place in modern society.

Cast & Crew

John Hurt
Christopher Marlowe
Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter
Jean Labadie
Executive Producer
Bart Walker
Executive Producer
Stacey Smith
Executive Producer
Peter Watson
Executive Producer
Yorick Le Saux
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Affonso Gonçalves
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Jozef van Wissem
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SQÜRL
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Marco Bittner Rosser
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Anja Fromm
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Anu Schwartz
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Christiane Krumwiede
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Malte Nitsche
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Selina van den Brink
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Samiri Menouer
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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (71) | Fresh (177) | Rotten (29)

  • The film is mostly a fun, sweet character study, but it's enjoyable flow is marred periodically by its own desire to be cool.

    January 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Somewhere around the lovely scene of Tilda Swinton dancing, freely and wholeheartedly, to the old soul record, Jarmusch's M.O. becomes clear: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' is a hanging-out move, just with vampires.

    June 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It makes for one of the most enjoyable and artful pieces of cinematic dandyism in the Jarmusch catalog, and for all its poised flipness, one of the saddest and most serious.

    July 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Even vampires get the blues.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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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