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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. Read critic reviews

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A couple (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss) whose marriage is crumbling have a surreal experience during a weekend getaway at a house recommended by their therapist (Ted Danson).

Cast & Crew

Ted Danson
Therapist
Kiana Cason
Waitress
Kaitlyn Dodson
Diner Patron
Lori Farrar
Diner Patron
Marlee Matlin
Diner Patron
Tim Peddicord
Diner Patron
Justin Lader
Screenwriter
Mel Eslyn
Producer
Mark Duplass
Executive Producer
Jay Duplass
Executive Producer
Charlie McDowell
Executive Producer
Justin Lader
Executive Producer
Doug Emmett
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Danny Bensi
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Critic Reviews for The One I Love

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (17)

  • Screenwriter Justin Lader's feature film debut is nothing short of stunning and hopefully signals a prolific career ahead. Meanwhile, director Charlie McDowell's first feature effort similarly allows for such a unique exploration of the trials of romance.

    September 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 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.

    September 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The performances and the ideas are provocative, fun, and something of a therapeutic trust exercise of their own.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: B+ | 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.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Duplass and Moss are both intriguing performers, who get to do much more here than in their recent TV work... Their relationship rings true, and they are quite enjoyable to watch.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The One I Love

  • Jan 03, 2021
    ‘The One I Love' is especially rewarding going in without any prior knowledge. This seemingly simple film plays like a seasoned episode of Black Mirror, particularly the kind that explores the emotional risk-assumption of relationships (see ‘The Entire History of You' and ‘Hang the DJ'). Sprinkle in some conceptual whiffs of ‘Eternal Sunshine' and voila. This is to say that the Charlie McDowell/Justin Lader team may be mining vaguely familiar territory, yet they spin a wholly original marriage yarn that maintains its mystique until the the foreseeable (though still impactful) epilogue. A film this low budget lives or dies on the strength of its acting core and Moss and Duplass are at once believable and intriguing. ‘Love' pulls off a deft balancing act of the whimsical, romantic, supernatural, comedic, and dramatic - all while nurturing a pulse of unease reminiscent of a thriller. For better or for worse, this wields the thought-provoking potential to reconsider the one you love. Dig.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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