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Only Lovers Left Alive Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 8, 2014
Even vampires get the blues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2014
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 1, 2014
You don't so much watch this movie as slink into it, joining an unlikely pair of lovers and enjoying their slouchy elegance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 1, 2014
"Only Lovers Left Alive" breathes new and intriguing life into the vampire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2014
Swinton, her hair white and long and her eyes tired and kind, and Hiddleston, moody and resigned, are wonderful - delivering their lines with the dry sighs of a desert breeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 24, 2014
Languorous, droll and ultimately affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 24, 2014
In "Only Lovers Left Alive," writer-director Jim Jarmusch turns one of his silliest notions into one of the more affecting movies of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 24, 2014
Maybe it was to be expected that the vampire saga "Only Lovers Left Alive" has a sluggish pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Toronto Star
April 24, 2014
No one here gets out alive in Jim Jarmusch's cool new vampire romance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 23, 2014
Rarely has Jarmusch's style been so inherently suited to his content. Stillness and silence, the cardinal virtues of his method, have never been so pertinent as in the lives of the undead.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2014
Jim Jarmusch stocks his latest low-key indie with more than his usual characters in low-velocity drift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2014
This is a weak entry in the filmmaker's canon, a film that continues Jarmusch's rebellion against narrative while offering nothing in its place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
April 17, 2014
The movie is steeped in a world-weariness that flatters a certain kind of know-it-all. Swinton and Hiddleston, looking like twins, take disaffection to the moon. Not since Weekend at Bernie's have two actors done more to promote the cause of corpses.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2014
it's also one of [Jarmusch's] most visually expressive films, playing out amid ravishing nocturnal imagery that fits perfectly with the dark romantic tone.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 14, 2014
Has undoubted panache, and wit to spare, especially when Swinton is in the frame.
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April 11, 2014
A vampire flick as only Jim Jarmusch would ever conceive it, languidly poetic, worldweary and crammed with hipster in-jokes.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 11, 2014
Hiddleston is appropriately soggy in a Byronic kind of way, and Swinton, in a platinum-blond wig, gives the ultimate Tilda Swinton performance as a poetically famished vampiress.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 11, 2014
The movie has its longeurs, but once you get on its wavelength it's hard to resist.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 11, 2014
[Director Jim] Jarmusch, as ever, has the power to sneak up on you. He's a spellbinder. The same goes for his movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
April 11, 2014
Like most of Jarmusch's films, the emphasis is not on action but interaction-especially the verbal kind. And atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 11, 2014
"Only Lovers Left Alive" marks an artist's welcome return. And the much-needed rescue of a classic monster from the grubby grip of tween novels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 10, 2014
It's shot through with sadness and beauty, with dry humor, with the certainty that even things meant to last forever actually don't.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2014
One of the strongest films yet from Jim Jarmusch.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
April 10, 2014
A sensual, funny, downtown-artist fantasy about the long-term marriage of two spectacularly attractive vampires.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 10, 2014
There is something a bit musty about a romanticism that equates creativity with chemical dependency, and also something a little threadbare about the countercultural mystique that Adam and Eve embody.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 10, 2014
This is a movie about the transcendent bond between partners who can communicate without speaking a word, so it's only fitting that the gorgeous cinematography perfectly captures the movie's emotional depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2014
Ms. Swinton and Mr. Hiddleston complement each other so elegantly that languor gives way to a genuinely affecting-and erotic-love story.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 10, 2014
It's so elegant and dreamlike-such a departure from most vampire epics-that you won't be bored. It also has a wicked sense of humor you usually don't find in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 10, 2014
In addition to unspooling an adult story of bloodsuckers, Lovers manages something few films have done in years: rendering Detroit scenically romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
April 10, 2014
Laying eyes on the film's piles upon piles of valuable junk-old recording equipment, leather-bound novels, cosmetic clutter-is a bit like rummaging through the director's attic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 10, 2014
Legendary hipster filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's wryly funny exercise in genre bending hits so many grace notes it ends up being his most satisfying film in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 9, 2014
It helps to have performers as radiant and watchable as Swinton and Hiddleston in the leads, but it's Jarmusch's direction and his smart screenplay that make Only Lovers Left Alive such a treat for mature audiences.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 9, 2014
It's always a thrill to see what an artist as singular as Jarmusch will do next. I just wish that his foray into the world of the undead had a little more to sink its beautiful fangs into.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
April 8, 2014
This is Jarmusch's most emotionally direct film since Dead Man, and maybe his finest.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 18, 2014
There's something magical and magnetic about this world of mature, know-it-all, ultra-cool vampires that Jarmusch creates and somehow it never seems at all silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2013
Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world, and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker's best work in many years, probably since 1995's Dead Man.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
September 13, 2013
What's more, the vampire conceit, while superficially silly, has the salutary effect of throwing human mortality into stark relief, creating a carpe diem sensation without actually...[ END HERE ]..[ END HERE ]saying anything so bana
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 13, 2013
Less a drama than a miniature double portrait, Jarmusch's film creates two people whose joy, not pain, is to be together forever. C'est l'amour.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 13, 2013
If you can groove with Jarmusch's patient, philosophical indulgences and the wooden exteriors of his characters' lives, the movie rewards with a savvy emotional payoff about moving forward even when the motivation to do so has gone.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
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Barbara Scharres
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
I can't even think where to start in trying to cut him some slack on "Only Lovers Left Alive," which is a priggish film full of in-group references that will provide a-ha moments for those in the know.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 13, 2013
A smidge more commercial than Jarmusch's meandering previous effort, "The Limits of Control." But it still feels like an in-joke intended only for select acolytes, who will probably love it with an undying passion.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 28, 2013
The next great midnight classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.2/10
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 25, 2013
Sent me out into the full-mooned night, all senses elated, on a glad-to-be-alive high.