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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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Cast

Annette Bening
as Nikki Lostrom
Ed Harris
as Garret Mathis/Tom Young
Robin Williams
as Roger Stillman
Clyde Kusatsu
as Sushi Chef
Eli Vargas
as Bell Boy
Miguel Pérez
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Face of Love

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (26)

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Toronto Star
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Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

March 27, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Washington Post
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Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for The Face of Love

Shame on the critics. We really should judge films on the many and varied ways they can shine or fall down. This was an excellent film although more suited to adult audiences with the right disposition. I was really unsure how this film was going to end, and it did not disappoint. The doppelganger aspect of the story was totally believable and it was a pleasure to watch the two leads weave their spell. A gem.

Colin Williams
Colin Williams

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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