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The One I Love (2014)

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Critic 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
Rating:
R (for language, some sexuality and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$511,635.00
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Ted Danson
as The Therapist

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Critic Reviews for The One I Love

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Washington Post
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"The One I Love" is a weird but gutsy exploration of what happens when we alternately idealize and find fault with our romantic partners.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Says more about intimacy and individuality than any romantic comedy or romantic tragedy in years.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Boston Globe
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"The One I Love" is an odd, unsettling and ultimately satisfying movie.

Full Review… | August 27, 2014
Arizona Republic
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There is something slightly subversive and satisfyingly spot on when a movie about love and marriage turns on a solitary detail.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The One I Love

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 Shen
Alice Shen

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An inventive little twist to the usual relationship comedy makes for an interesting time at the flickers, at least initially, as a couple venture to a retreat to mend their troubles. The follow-through leaves something to be desired, and yet this is still a more interesting piece than most, with something valid to take away at the ending.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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 http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/26/the-one-i-love

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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