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The Two Faces of January Reviews

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March 20, 2019
Unfortunately, as layer upon layer of intrigue is gradually stripped away, what's left in the middle begins to look evermore unappealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2019
It is the characters that linger longest after the credits roll, and Amini gets great support from his leading trio.
February 13, 2019
...a fairly misbegotten adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 10, 2019
The Two Faces of January is good, but its ambitions exceed its achievements.
August 22, 2018
The real star is unquestionably Oscar Isaac, who doesn't have the major material that he had in "Inside LLewyn Davis," but who is clearly an actor to watch.
August 21, 2018
The Two Faces of January is a poor imitation and the characters never develop much after the first 15 minutes of the film - what you see is all you get.
May 18, 2018
It's an elegant, hypnotically glamorous, old-school thriller of the kind that has become a rarity, and solidifies Isaac as one of Hollywood's most compelling new leading men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2018
A slick Sunday-afternoon flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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