The Face of Love Reviews

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April 18, 2019
The absence of a thorough backstory will either leave you feeling as though the film is a throwback to less convoluted storytelling, or a soap opera, depending on your taste. With the electric Bening and Harris at the helm, it hardly matters...
April 3, 2019
What sours the pot is the film's script, which tells the story in such a meandering, unfocused fashion that the film loses us as the character's actions descend into nonsensicality.
August 22, 2018
... breathtakingly simple but yet so powerful in conveying grief and what it's like for the person left behind.
October 27, 2017
Even really fine actors like Annette Benning and Ed Harris can't do much with this ludicrous doppelganger story.
October 12, 2017
... the material repeatedly shies away from the eeriness and unease the intriguing premise deserves-this could have been melodrama of a higher order.
September 16, 2017
This thoughtful, if slightly melodramatic, film is a throwback to the four hankie pictures of the 1940s...
June 21, 2016
The Face of Love quickly accumulates emotional subplots that distract from this central idea.
January 11, 2015
Bening and Harris pour so much genuine emotion into their roles in this Vertigo-like romantic melodrama that they just about carry the film's fanciful premise.
December 24, 2014
Both leads take on the task of the dysfunctional couple admirably, but their efforts crash against a stubbornly creaky script.
December 15, 2014
Sadly, this all feels like a wasted effort.
December 12, 2014
The actors, though, lift the material. The most poignant performance comes from the late Robin Williams in a cameo as Nikki's neighbour and friend.
December 12, 2014
Middle-aged romances are rare on the big screen, so it's frustrating that this one is so badly compromised by a series of contrived plot points.
December 11, 2014
The story's plausibility is stretched in places, but it is held together by Bening and Harris, both of whom are wholly convincing at all times.
December 11, 2014
Perhaps it needed a young M Night Shyamalan to endow it with some final whiplash twist.
December 11, 2014
A soapy but stirring romance with two committed leads.
December 11, 2014
Interesting set-up, but follow-through doesn't quite work.
December 8, 2014
Assumes the guise of a compelling psychological drama, taking in grief and obsession and overcoming its cheesier moments to deliver something unexpectedly powerful.
September 8, 2014
The Face of Love is light on impact ... and could have been so much more than it wound up being.
June 26, 2014
A slightly soporific, shapeless drama that does contain some fine performances from the reliable Annette Bening and Ed Harris.
June 19, 2014
It says something for the excellent work of Bening, Harris and Weixler that this basically absurd melodrama succeeds as well as it does.
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