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The Face of Love (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Perhaps worth checking out if only for the opportunity to see reliably powerful work from Annette Bening and Ed Harris, The Face of Love undermines its leads' performances with a scattershot script and aimless direction.

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FACE OF LOVE is the story of a widow named Nikki (Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man named Tom (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: she's met the love of her life. Again. The film is a romantic story filled with humor, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. Bening and Harris star, with an important supporting turn from Robin Williams as Nikki's confidante and would-be lover. (c) IFC Films

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Annette Bening
as Nikki Lostrom
Ed Harris
as Garret Mathis/Tom Young
Robin Williams
as Roger Stillman
Clyde Kusatsu
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Critic Reviews for The Face of Love

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The Face of Love's story runs and blotches like cheap mascara.

April 18, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord.

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting.

April 10, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet.

March 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin.

March 27, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera.

March 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Face of Love

The intention was surely a love story but here we have creepiness as a woman pursues a man who looks exactly like her dead husband. The actors work well however in that creepiness up until the film makers take the easy out of an ending with a bow on top.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Annette Bening and Ed Harris up against pure corn and soap.

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Five years after her husband Garrett(Ed Harris) drowned in Mexico, Nikki(Annette Bening) is still very much grieving. But she feels well enough so that her daughter Summer(Jess Weixler) can return to her chaotic life in Seattle while Roger(Robin Williams), a family friend, comes by to use the pool. In any case, Nikki decides to visit the art museum she used to go to with her husband. While there, she sees Tom(Ed Harris), a dead ringer for Garrett. To be honest, "The Face of Love" would have worked much better as a short story which would not only have kept things ambiguous, but could have ended long before the story ended up running into a wall. Visualizing this concept would have been tricky under the best of circumstances which this is clearly not. But what makes the movie more than a little watchable and sort of worthwhile is the abundant charisma of and chemistry between its two lead actors. Now, if I could only figure what Robin Williams is supposed to be doing here.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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