MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 77 this week

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  25 December 2013 (Germany)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 46,201 users   Metascore: 79/100
Reviews: 162 user | 350 critic | 41 from Metacritic.com

A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $12.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 4 days ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 2 days ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Only Lovers Left Alive.

User Polls

11 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin
Dead Man (1995)
Drama | Fantasy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, John Tormey
Mystery Train (1989)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Yûki Kudô, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Under the Skin I (2013)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young slacker wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie
Down by Law (1986)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along... See full summary »

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson
Stoker (2013)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Eve
...
...
Ian
...
Ava
...
...
Slimane Dazi ...
Bilal
Carter Logan ...
Scott
Aurelie Thepaut ...
Flight Attendant (as Aurélie Thépaut)
...
Taxi Driver, Detroit
Dave W. ...
White Hills
Ego Sensation ...
White Hills
Nick Name ...
White Hills
Fouad El Achaari ...
Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha ...
Man on Street, Tangier
Edit

Storyline

Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska). Written by lo_watson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

25 December 2013 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Sólo los amantes sobreviven  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,989 (USA) (11 April 2014)

Gross:

$1,879,534 (USA) (12 September 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Fassbender was in talks to play a role. See more »

Goofs

When Adam and Eve, in Tangiers, get up to turn "the lovers," Eve leaves the flask and her left-hand glove on the bench. The next cut is a two-shot with Eve wearing the left-hand glove, but not the right. This is either a continuity error or it is an ironic gesture that the entire film to this point has been shot in reverse image as they are vampires without a reflection. See more »

Quotes

Adam: You drank Ian!
Ava: Sorry!
See more »

Connections

References The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Under Skin Or By Name
Written by Dave W. & Ego Sensation
Performed by White Hills
Courtesy of Drug Space Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
So Dull, So Pretentious
12 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you want to find the definition of a pretentious art house film then Jim Jarmusch's latest film Only Lovers Left Alive supplies that demand, a film that is full of itself, as it digs deeper into literature, science and philosophy.

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a reclusive vampire musician in Detroit who spends his time collecting guitars and other antiques and has fallen into a suicidal melancholia. His only contacts are a underground dealer, Ian (Anton Yelchin) and a haematologist, Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright). On the other side of the world his wife, Eve (Tilda Swinton) has been living a comfortable live in Tangiers with other vampires when she decides to reunite with her husband and reignite their relationship in Motown.

Only Lovers Left Alive is a very self-absorbed film, indulging in the main character's depression and working as a form of wish-fulfilment for Jarmusch. As he throws in a vampire who is really Christopher Marlowe, played by John Hurt and there are literary references to Lord Bryon and Marlowe's Dr. Faust.

Only Lovers Left Alive is an art-house film that only a certain audience will look for every bit of meaning from every single scene and frame. Jarmusch uses Hiddleston as his surrogate to criticise the downfall of art and culture, using the decaying city of Detroit as the backdrop and symbol to illustrate this, including showing Detroit's major theatre which had been turned into a parking lot.

Jarmusch and his team do get a great cast for their film and Hiddleston and Swinton do work well together, having chemistry and showing themselves as the thespians that they are. But it was Mia Wasikowska as Eve's sister, Ava, who had the best role, injecting some energy in the proceedings. She added conflict to the relationship as Adam and Eve have differing opinions about her as Ava is a character who has much more younger, child-like personality and being unable to control her thirst. Wasikowska should have been introduced into the film earlier to give Only Lovers Left Alive more of a dramatic drive. Jeffrey Wright too was underused, only appearing for two scenes.

Jamusch makes a very slowly paced, drawn out film, using long montages of driving and conversation about the relationships and past. With the bland, dark cinematography and plodding approach led to Only Lovers Left Alive to be a very boring and bland film that is over-hyped due to the director's reputation.

Only Lovers Left Alive does have the occasional witty line, usually courtesy of Swinton and is out its most visually engaging when a dead body has to be deposed. But it is a movie that has little of a narrative, more focused on being arty and philosophical, then telling an interesting vampire story.

Please visit www.entertainmentfuse.com


16 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did Marlowe die? Why was bad blood a risk? nick-949
Is it me? or does nothing really happen at all in this movie? bkranich19
Why are there no black people in Detroit? MSUstar
Does this film celebrate hipsterism, or indict it? hallo_world
A little quibble about quantum entanglement JenXChick
Why had Marlowe aged but not them? vdemedici
Discuss Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?