The Lovers Reviews

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December 26, 2017
The Lovers sustains a poignant tone that makes me choke up every time I watch it.
September 8, 2017
I kept thinking that Letts' role might have been taken by John Lithgow, whom he somewhat resembles, but the differences in the way they two would have played the part is the key to the movie's success.
May 19, 2017
A delicate, deadpan comic fable, as if someone gave Boccaccio a camera and an indie film budget.
May 19, 2017
"The Lovers" keeps folding, changing and evolving, but stays to its central theme, exploring two uncomfortably real characters who can't get out of the way of each other or themselves.
May 18, 2017
Jacobs has delivered a two-handed character study and, in this mission, he is handily assisted by his two powerful leads.
May 18, 2017
Two fine performances anchor this half-funny, half-brutal story of a midlife marriage in crisis.
May 18, 2017
It's tempting to read this as a younger generation's condemnation of its parents' me-first indulgence, and an affirmation of familial unity by an unblinking, accusatory - but not histrionic - look at its opposite.
May 18, 2017
Is romantic comedy dead? Not as long as the genre can accommodate a film as uniquely wonderful as "The Lovers."
May 17, 2017
Letts has some fine moments, but it's Winger who really brings the color to this movie, creating a woman filled with disappointment and passion and wit, taking a small-scale comedy of manners to a darker, richer place.
May 16, 2017
The Lovers is buoyant and cheerfully flirty, though Jacobs never loses sight of the fact that loneliness that can strike both inside a marriage and outside it, and no human being is ever fully protected from suffering.
May 16, 2017
The Lovers, written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, is a strangely gripping movie mostly because of its aversion to over-explaining.
May 11, 2017
A cautionary tale that never passes judgment, an exploration of the way that love can be a many-splendored thing, with many people, some of them twice.
May 11, 2017
Just about every step of the way, the dialogue crackles and the performances are electric.
May 11, 2017
There's really only one joke here -- the 50-ish spouses are every bit as confused, horny, and insecure as kids themselves -- but the two gifted leads play it so gracefully that it sustains the entire movie.
May 11, 2017
With luck, by the end, you may hear what Jacobs does: the aching romantic movie imprisoned in each of us, desperate for release.
May 11, 2017
Flustered, flirty and filled to the brim with compassion, "The Lovers" is charming, even when it's proving how hollow charm can be.
May 11, 2017
No, this may not be the most original story in the world. But if it is somewhat familiar, it's also well told and exceptionally well-acted.
May 10, 2017
We can read the character's history in Letts' face before we know the details. He's miserable, but like he's gotten used to misery. Misery is no big deal.
May 8, 2017
The movie exhausts itself in its conception and sits inert on the screen like an undigested mass of script pages.
May 6, 2017
With its waltz-like score and farcical symmetry, The Lovers is about as full as a movie can be with a premise so thin.
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