The Face of Love Reviews

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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.
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.
June 21, 2016
The Face of Love quickly accumulates emotional subplots that distract from this central idea.
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
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
Perhaps it needed a young M Night Shyamalan to endow it with some final whiplash twist.
December 11, 2014
Interesting set-up, but follow-through doesn't quite work.
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 11, 2014
When [Harris] tells Bening he "could take a bath in the way you look at me," you just might have heard the worst line of 2014.
June 4, 2014
There is something very dispiriting in watching talent [Ed Harris & Annette Bening] struggling to save something as ill-conceived as this.
April 24, 2014
If your way of dealing with grief is basically to decide that anything you do is fine as long it gets you back on your feet, you are essentially a sociopath.
April 18, 2014
The Face of Love's story runs and blotches like cheap mascara.
April 16, 2014
For all the hard-fought realism, brilliant performances, and the feelings stirred up by the themes of mortality and late-life romance, there is the inescapable silliness of the central conceit.
April 10, 2014
Through it all, we watch Bening trying very hard to produce a parsable, credible performance while having to behave in bizarre ways.
March 27, 2014
What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet.
March 27, 2014
This movie has a major identity crisis going on.
March 27, 2014
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.
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