The Two Faces of January (2014)
Critic Consensus: With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.
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Critic Reviews for The Two Faces of January
[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.
At a certain point, it's akin to reading a mediocre murder mystery. You finish it because you're too far in to quit, as opposed to actually caring how things wrap up.
What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.
Everything about The Two Faces of January is right, even as the events it describes - a couple's idyllic Grecian holiday, a charming American's adventures abroad - go terribly wrong.
The movie never reaches a boil. Instead, it simmers and simmers until you're suddenly shocked at the hot water you're in.
Audience Reviews for The Two Faces of January
Elegantly filmed and well acted Patricia Highsmith adaptation with a great chemistry between the characters and pretty images of Greece. The big shocker happens already in the middle of the film, from there on out it's still interesting to see where all this is going, but never nail-biting intense. The result is overall still pretty satisfying thanks to the actors.
Average. I mainly watched for Kirsten Dunst. *****mild spoiler***** I wasn't too impressed when she exits the film one hour in. Chester and Rydel were not interesting enough to carry the movie on their own. It's certainly not badly made, but it felt like there should have been a twist or something at the end, and there just wasn't. I didn't even really get why Chester helped at the end. What was in it for him at that point?
An average thriller that leaves a dry taste in the mouth!
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