Reviews

Jun 23, 2021
Not a film for everybody, but if you start it you'll absolutely watch through the end. Quite literally breathtaking.
Jun 6, 2021
[A] lean, stylish and frequently heartbreaking drama...
Jun 4, 2021
Airtight sound design, rich visuals and natural performances tell a poignant story.
Jun 4, 2021
Writer-director Robert Machoian has fashioned a wintry, clenched tale of domestic strife here, confining all but one sequence inside the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Jun 2, 2021
This is a compelling portrait of a toxic marriage.
May 21, 2021
From such simple beginnings through to all the complexities life can throw at a family, then back to the primal struggles anew, director Robert Machoian's first solo feature achieves technically what it sets about to portray emotionally, a rare feat.
May 21, 2021
It's beautiful to look at. It's very painterly... It's glacially paced, but that didn't bother me particularly. Very bleak, but incredibly well-acted.
May 17, 2021
Crawford's David is quietly devastating: a man who will do whatever it takes - sing a shaky ballad to his sweetheart in the car, build a rocket, pick up a gun - to keep what he loves.
May 15, 2021
There's terror at the heart of this movie, a terror that reaches far into the future of these peoples' lives. This is the sign that the myopia of the film's frame isn't a miscalculation. It is a judgment -- a predictive one
May 14, 2021
The Killing of Two Lovers is a masterful portrait of male pain and the toxic masculinity that might make it dangerous.
May 14, 2021
The considerable power of this movie stems from those emotional contradictions and from Machoian's refusal to reconcile them easily or predictably.
May 14, 2021
It's worth exploring for a number of reasons -- primarily the strength of Crawford's performance -- and those who do not have a problem with raw and unflinching dramas may indeed find it well worth watching.
May 13, 2021
It's a rare kind of movie magic to wrestle through this mess of a man and realize that the mysterious nature of his fate proves the only natural outcome, because no simple ending can do justice to a life bereft of easy answers.
May 13, 2021
Director/screenwriter/editor Machoian is firmly in control throughout The Killing of Two Lovers, deftly sustaining a slow-burn tension in this unflinching story of a disintegrating marriage.
May 13, 2021
Machoian suggests that a single day of experience can cover the worries of wrangling youngsters, the ache of troubled romance, and the wildest rage.
May 13, 2021
It's a film stripped of any pretense; everything about it seems to bear the hand of a veteran filmmaker. And the performance from Crawford is shattering.
May 13, 2021
Ultimately, a movie like this succeeds or fails largely on the strength of its lead actors, and Machoian cast his well.
May 4, 2021
The film's cramped compositions hauntingly underline the claustrophobic nature of its protagonist's life.
Jul 31, 2020
Agonized silences are interwoven with sharp dialogue and some surprising narrative twists.
Jan 31, 2020
A movie with mannered style and character choices that always reminded me it was a movie.