(2012)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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75
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
75
Charlotte Observer
The big names in the cast add atmosphere in small doses, especially when Haysbert and Glover combine.
63
Slant Magazine
As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus.
63
An uneven but strongly acted debut feature from co-writer and director Sheldon Candis.
50
Variety
Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
50
Even if some of them are playing hackneyed gangster-film types, the strength of the actors makes it almost possible to forgive the formulaic plotting and artificially movie-ish developments. Candis and Justin Wilson's screenplay stretches credibility thinner and thinner as the story advances.
50
Candis and Wilson sandbag their actors with dialogue that's a mix of dull exposition and pulp clichés, and rarely natural-sounding or colorful.
40
With its rock-skimming male bonding alternating between grisly homicides and a florid Mexican standoff that begets a tidy take-the-money-and-run finale, this tale seems less timely than merely tall.
40
Village Voice
Although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script that boxes them into impossible roles in one clichéd scene after another.
40
The first half of the movie is painfully tense, drawing us into a relationship that we desperately want to see work. But the screenplay lets its characters down, as it devolves into platitudes and melodrama.

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