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The Two Faces of January Reviews

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August 22, 2017
[Patricia Highsmith's] world is gloomy, but it's nuanced. It's fun. That's not the world in [The Two Faces of] January, which seems incapable of humor or irony. Which isn't to say it fails.
August 15, 2017
Whether it's as a starving misanthropic musician or a mysterious American swindler in Greece, Oscar Isaac positively oozes charisma
August 4, 2017
Still, there's no shortage of visual pleasures to distract us from the existential boredom of a sinking ship.
July 13, 2017
The movie offers the old-fashioned pleasures of gorgeous location shooting in Greece and Turkey, a deftly unfolding psychological drama, and strikingly sharp performances.
June 30, 2017
The film never rises to the level of brilliant, but it has its brilliant moments. Many brilliant moments. And as a kind of off-kilter character study of three people in way over their collective heads, the story exudes a certain fascination.
June 13, 2016
It's a classy looking movie for sure, and as pleasant a travelogue as Ripley was in its day. But Highsmith's psychological edge is absent for much of this and its shade of noir has suffered a serious bleaching in all that Mediterranean sun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2015
A handsome thriller with plot twists that don't always make sense, "The Two Faces of January," moves slowly, but ultimately entertains.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 4, 2015
A perfectly ordinary, unexceptionally satisfactory film... does a fine job with the mechanics of the plot, but it whiffs a bit on the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 1, 2015
This is a well-written and well-acted movie. The relationships in the triangle at the center of the film are not easily made convincing, but excellent acting makes it work. This is a very solid thriller with a lot of compelling emotional complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2014
[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.
December 11, 2014
Rather than rise, this story cools off, fading away into unconvincing, accidental tragedy and an attempted emotional coda that feels more stapled on than woven in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2014
Despite admirable moment-to-moment feats of actorly legerdemain from the primary and secondary cast alike, there's a deadly lack of heat. The costumes sing, the cigarettes fume. The simmer satisfies but never earns the tale's godless gloom.
November 17, 2014
As complicity, solicitude and self-interest blur and shimmer in the sun, the Highsmith-ian triangle of danger, deceit and desire tightens into a noose. A crisp, elegant throwback to a classic era of character-driven thrillers.
November 7, 2014
The film is worth watching just to see Isaac's performance grow through the final third: as misery, grief, and hate fuse together in a tumultuous, hopeless climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2014
Any subtext is derived from the shades of Isaac and Mortensen's performances, playing men forced into an uneasy alliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2014
The Two Faces of January is a stylish and riveting thriller full of suspense where the boundaries of the deranged fragments of the mind are pushed beyond their breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 24, 2014
Amini is perhaps too intent on producing a film whose elegance outweighs its horrors, and as a result The Two Faces of January never fully delves into the hearts of darkness clearly beating beneath its mannered surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2014
The sleek old-fashioned suspense story kept my interest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 17, 2014
It's pretty to look at, at any rate.
October 16, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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