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Two Lovers Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 10, 2009
Phoenix plays that schism -- the damaged soul in a hunky body -- to perfection, so well that we overlook the logical chasm at the centre of the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2009
Gray guides his strong cast to a resolution that is both surprising and entirely realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2009
Gray's direction lovingly toys with images of containment and release, effectively playing out the drama in visual terms - but we never really feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
March 13, 2009
If Two Lovers winds up being Phoenix's last movie, at least it offers posterity incontrovertible proof that, once, he was a contender.
March 5, 2009
What elevates Two Lovers beyond the mundane is the strength of the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2009
Phoenix's performance overwhelms the slight story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
Very little is explicit. The audience is left to infer much from spotty information, and yet a full and specific picture emerges. We are never in doubt of the truth of the characters and the absolute solidity of the world being depicted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 27, 2009
The film is all about creating a mood, and it hangs over you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2009
[A] compact, compassionate portrait of a man struggling to define himself and his own understanding of happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2009
Instead of opting for a big dramatic setting he stays small, finding the tender truth within what could have seemed a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 27, 2009
It's the sort of brooding turn that makes us mourn Phoenix's threatened retreat from acting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2009
While Gray shares Leonard's love of photographing Brighton Beach street life and storefronts, and does so with great sensitivity and skill, this is such a worn-out cinematic setting that it has the effect of someone who's forever showing you baby photos.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 27, 2009
Joaquin Phoenix and writer-director James Gray team up again for something on a smaller scale, and though the story is no less familiar the results are frequently affecting.
February 27, 2009
[A] film full of simple scenes brimming with unspoken complications.
February 27, 2009
Ranks with the best work Joaquin Phoenix has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2009
Despite its essential implausibility, Two Lovers lingers in your consciousness -- or loiters there, like Leonard standing on the street corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2009
The remarkable intimacy Gray finds with his cast lifts the movie up as its quiet story unfolds, pulling us in and making the world smaller until nothing matters but these three.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2009
It's one of the few movies I've seen recently that improves on a second viewing, in part because Phoenix does such remarkably subtle work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 26, 2009
If Phoenix does carry through on his threat to leave acting behind for good, he could hardly ask for a more tastefully executed, sweetly melancholy swan song.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2009
It may be a little too heavy to represent an ideal date movie, but it's an honest, adult romance that deserves recognition for not pandering to those on a quest for 90 minutes of escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2009
A film of unusual perception, played at perfect pitch by Phoenix, Shaw, Paltrow and the other actors. It is calm and mature. It understands these characters. It doesn't juggle them for melodrama, but looks inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 17, 2009
However moody, Two Lovers didn't strike me as a downer, for the simple reason that it wells with sights and sounds that are guaranteed to lift, not sink, the spirits.
February 17, 2009
A movie you sense is supposed to be a nuanced story of depression and the complexity of our emotional choices becomes far too straightforward.
February 17, 2009
I thought it was a gritty New York story and actually really lost myself in the characters.
February 17, 2009
The film has a moody expressiveness that stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 13, 2009
Themes of loneliness, alienation and unrequited love are not new, but there is always that sense of the unexpected in Phoenix that keeps you curious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2009
Director James Gray is best known for hard-edged dramas like Little Odessa, so it's surprising to find he has such a well-developed romantic side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2009
A dismal cine-splotch about depressed losers in outer Brooklyn by writer-director James Gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 13, 2009
This is an inspired performance by a superb actor in an elegantly grave romantic drama.
February 13, 2009
The movie's occasionally risible sincerity is what sets the flawed but riveting Two Lovers apart from other recent films about young New Yorkers in love.
February 13, 2009
Though it is set in the present, Two Lovers takes place in what often feels like an earlier incarnation of New York.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 12, 2009
An uncannily perceptive acknowledgment of settling -- Paltrow with Phoenix, and Phoenix with Shaw -- with a happy kiss at the end that leaves us chilled.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 12, 2009
Bravely wearing his heart on his sleeve, James Gray directs the tender and terrific Two Lovers as an antidote to the virus of hip.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2009
An involving, gently paced and well-cast drama about a tortured soul and his efforts at redemption.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2009
The particulars of the story, Gray's moody compositions and feel for the neighborhood, and especially the performances rescue Two Lovers from the obvious.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 12, 2009
An intense emotional drama, beautifully photographed and profoundly ambiguous, suspended somewhere between realism and psychosexual allegory.
February 11, 2009
Finally, the year's first serious American movie.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
February 11, 2009
You have to watch it with different brain muscles than you're used to using, because the film has no frills or hooks, no visible 'arcs,' nothing to grab on to but the fragile humanity of the people on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 11, 2009
Two Lovers has roots in pure soap opera, but its gentle pacing and delicate performances lift it blithely above the dangers of parody as it tells the story of two tortured misfits groping in the dark for human contact.
February 11, 2009
The acting is all first-rate, and Mr. Gray and his cinematographer, Joaquín Baca-Asay, have captured their locale in its most somber stages, as if to emphasize the essential sadness of the two love stories, and the chill they induce in the viewer.
February 10, 2009
The performers are attractive if unconvincing. The auteur's worldview is unappealing yet authentically his.
February 9, 2009
An involving, ultimately touching romantic drama about a young man's struggle deciding between the two women in his life.
February 9, 2009
A throwback to the days when love in the movies involved the mind as well as the heart.
February 9, 2009
Although Paltrow is radiant (and she nails the character's ditzy sense of entitlement), it's Phoenix's movie. He is, once again, stupendous, and stupendous in a way he has never been before.
May 19, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4