(2002)

Critic Reviews

58

Metascore

Based on 27 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Washington Post
Hoffman's touchingly fractured performance gives the picture a warm dimension.
80
Dallas Observer
Provides Hoffman with what he's long deserved: a movie of his own.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie proceeds with a hypnotic relentlessness that hesitates between horror and black comedy.
75
New York Post
An oddly endearing little chamber piece that provides a terrific showcase for Hoffman, surely the best actor who has never been nominated for an Oscar.
75
A downbeat but oddly affectionate tale.
70
Variety
Todd Louiso's directorial debut emerges at once as compelling and as a bit of a specimen due to the entirely singular nature of the protagonist's behavior.
60
The movie is so small and emotionally constricted that it gives Hoffman too little room to explore his range.
60
The A.V. Club
Love Liza needs more than mood on its side. A moment of recognizable human behavior would have been a fine place to start.
50
Miami Herald
The misery is there, all right, in every woozy, spaced-out shot of Hoffman clutching his gas-soaked rag. But in the end, do we really care?
30
Washington Post
Sadly, the filmmakers haven't given viewers enough context or information about their protagonist to know whether he's utterly free or utterly unmoored -– or to care very much either way.

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