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The Two Faces of January Reviews

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Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald
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
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
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+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 11, 2014
[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.
Matt Pais
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
Ray Pride
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.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
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
John Serba
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
Chris Sawin
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2014
The sleek old-fashioned suspense story kept my interest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 17, 2014
It's pretty to look at, at any rate.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
October 10, 2014
Amini's attention to detail is first-rate, giving his film a nostalgic retro feel that convincingly portrays Greece, circa 1962.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
A sumptuous film to watch. Humphrey Bogart would have loved the men's clothes, Dunst recalls the golden age of individual Hollywood actresses and the sun-baked locations are so dry you'll thirst for a summer drink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 10, 2014
A classy noir throwback from Hossein Amini and author Patricia Highsmith.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Wesley Morris
October 10, 2014
What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 10, 2014
Amini... has a playful darkness that jibes with Highsmith's sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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