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The Two Faces of January (2014)

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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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Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio's allegiance is put to the test. (C) Magnolia
Rating:
PG-13 (for some violence, language and smoking)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$1,638,101.00
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Cast

Viggo Mortensen
as Chester MacFarland
Kirsten Dunst
as Colette MacFarland
Oscar Isaac
as Rydal
Daisy Bevan
as Lauren
David Warshofsky
as Paul Vittorio
Prometheus Aleifer
as Young Musician
S. Alafouzos
as Customs Hall Policeman
Ozan Tas
as Hotelier
Nikos Mavrakis
as Young Greek Man on Boat
Karayianni Margaux
as College Student
Evgenia Dimitropoulou
as Airline Agent
James Sobol Kelly
as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Two Faces of January

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (26)

[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The movie never reaches a boil. Instead, it simmers and simmers until you're suddenly shocked at the hot water you're in.

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Things get awfully twisted under that hot Mediterranean sun.

October 9, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Two Faces of January

½

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?

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

An average thriller that leaves a dry taste in the mouth!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

Tense, moving and fascinating. With both Issac and Dunst giving very strong performances, Mortensen was the true highlight as the husband on the run with his wife. While the characters of Chester and Rydal showed competition over Colette, I was always routing the former despite his bad deeds. An impressive script and the well chosen actors/actress result in a decent directing debut for Amini. One of the best films I've seen so far this year.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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