The One I Love

Critics Consensus

The One I Love doesn't take its intriguing premise quite as far as it could, but it still adds up to an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage.



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The highly anticipated debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell, THE ONE I LOVE is an original tale that continues to showcase McDowell's keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. THE ONE I LOVE, written by Justin Lader, was produced by Mel Eslyn and executive produced by Mark Duplass who stars opposite Elisabeth Moss. On the brink of separation, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future. (C) TWC- Radius

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Critic Reviews for The One I Love

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  • The film owes everything to its actors and particularly to Moss, who is capable of constantly surprising reactions, like the flurry of little nods Sophie gives to express delight.

    Nov 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ethan and Sophie are never more than playthings of the premise; Moss and Duplass are the sole sources of nuance and vitality, and they seem unduly hemmed in by the movie's unimaginative confines.

    Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Like figures in a funhouse that is both philosophical and phantasmagoric, the characters in "The One I Love" spook you, both inside your head and inside your heart.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The One I Love" is a weird but gutsy exploration of what happens when we alternately idealize and find fault with our romantic partners.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Says more about intimacy and individuality than any romantic comedy or romantic tragedy in years.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The One I Love" is an odd, unsettling and ultimately satisfying movie.

    Aug 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The One I Love

  • Jun 19, 2016
    A floundering couple go away on a weekend retreat where a hexed cottage miraculously bestows them with their ideal versions of each other. Sophie's ideal Ethan exercises, doesn't wear glasses, and has a cooler beachier hairstyle. Ethan's ideal Sophie is always sunny and smiling, doesn't nag him about his poor eating habits, and is content to busy herself whenever he gets distracted and disappears from their romantic getaway. Real Sophie and Ethan agree to spend fifteen minutes each with their respective fantasy beaux just to figure out what's happening, but like in any tense relationship drama, greener grass begets green-eyed jealousy. The suspenseful thriller aspect of this film does indeed provide eerie WTF moments and threats of danger, and I thought these perfect mirages would be metaphors for those six insignificant things we'd like to change about our partners, but then *spoilers*, the already surreal movie takes an awkward dip into surreal reality, revealing that the mirages are actually living people - past clients whose partners chose the better versions of themselves and have now been coached and nip/tucked to imitate new clients in an attempt to escape the cottage. Dark and mindfucky metaphor of how we change ourselves to adapt to new lovers whom we may not even be that into, but the rules of this satirical universe aren't entirely elucidated, so the plot falls apart from there.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2015
    Putting forth a twist to truly Love, the writing behind this romantic dramedy lets this One get away despite an amazing cast committed to making it work. Screenwriter Justin Lader presents filmgoers with a twist that Rod Serling himself would salivate at, but the premise (without spoiling too much, let's just say that it involves doppelgangers of sorts) never lives up to its promise. Despite a small but marquee band of actors (Ted Danson rounds out the roster as the couple's therapist), the screenplay simply doesn't do enough with the film's compelling hook. It's the rare film that could have gone longer in the audience's eye. Based on pure moxie alone, however, the film succeeds more than it hits the rocks. In this R-rated dramedy, a couple (Duplass, Moss) struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them. For those Mad Men fans that wanted to see what Moss was capable of beyond coloring outside of the lines of brilliant character Peggy Olson, her latest features a gangbuster idea that never fully plays out. Though not a total loss, The One I Love isn't quite finished enough to hang in Serling's Night Gallery. Bottom line: Twilight Zoned
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2015
    really dug this film, a reminder that the megaplexis are missing out on truely original content
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2015
    This is one of the smartest and yet simple concepts I have seen in the fantasy/relationship drama genre. Going in I was unaware of the concept, which revolves around a troubled couple at a resort, who find that the back guest house is a door into some kind of fantasy world where they find their true bliss, at a great cost. Read more at
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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