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The Two Faces of January Reviews

December 11, 2014
[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.
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
October 10, 2014
What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.
October 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2014
The movie never reaches a boil. Instead, it simmers and simmers until you're suddenly shocked at the hot water you're in.
October 9, 2014
Things get awfully twisted under that hot Mediterranean sun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2014
A stylish directorial debut for screenwriter Hossein Amini.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2014
It follows three people, all of them flawed and under pressure, and keeps the audience in sympathy with all three. It's some kind of feat to place three people in conflict and have the audience wish the best for each of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2014
It offers a lesson in crafting antiheroic characters. We don't have to identify with them, but we at least need to be intrigued.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 29, 2014
You should see it just for Chester-the adventurous sham, running ever deeper into a maze of his own devising.
September 26, 2014
Gorgeous, occasionally evocative, but, in the end, mostly dull.
September 26, 2014
There are no jolting twists or shocking reveals. The reward lies mostly in accepting each character on his or her terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2014
This is one of Mortensen's best performances, and "The Two Faces of January" is one gorgeously rendered old-school feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2014
Perfectly fine - as chilly as a cold platter of octopus salad, as bracing as a shot of ouzo.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
Even when the plot threatens to crumble, the actors know what to do with the pieces.
September 25, 2014
There's a mystery here, some thrills and blood, but mostly there are beautiful people and the kind of human hunger that devours everything and everyone in sight.
September 25, 2014
All the pieces would seem to be in place for an effective film, but the direction is zestless, the pace is more often laggardly than leisurely, and the lead performances are surprisingly lifeless ...
Top Critic
September 25, 2014
The Two Faces of January feels shot too tight and cut too tight; it doesn't push forward at a bewilderingly fast pace, but its story and its performances still feel like they need more room to breathe.
September 25, 2014
Is the film too old-school for short attention spans? Maybe. Rest assured that Amini's shuddery endgame is well worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
It lives or dies on its ending, and the final minutes here don't jibe with the rest of the film's cat-and-cat game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 25, 2014
January skirts by on its tastefulness and appreciation for the source material, however single-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 24, 2014
Color it mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 23, 2014
Stewing and scenic, unfolding amid the islands and catacombs of Crete and Athens, and loaded with the usual film-noir delights: fedoras, lipstick-stained highballs, and bare-knuckled fistfights.
September 22, 2014
Patricia Highsmith provides the plot and writer-director Hossein Amini supplies the culture in The Two Faces of January, a gripping old-school suspenser.
September 22, 2014
The film's major plus is its exotic atmosphere.
May 19, 2014
An unhurried, louche thriller that gives way to claustrophobia as it starts to get its clammy hands around your neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5