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This is a drama about finding one's self-worth; you simply have to see it.
Not only does this film gloriously fulfill the potential that Ira Sachs has tantalized movie-lovers with for years, it also help explains what took him so long. Out of lost love comes a terrific work of art; it's the oldest story in the world, but it always feels new when it's done right.
Village Voice
With its naked but never self-indulgent depictions of sex and all manner of addiction, Keep the Lights On is disarmingly, at times exhilaratingly, human.
Sachs skillfully explores dangerous extremes -- not only drug addiction, but the slipperiness of attraction.
Sachs hits notes we've rarely heard in gay cinema, in which the hedonist bleeds into the humanist, the ephemeral into the enduring.
Slant Magazine
More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction.
A stiff central performance diminishes its emotional impact, but the visually alluring film's sensuality and tenderness give it a lingering spell.
Boxoffice Magazine
It seems odd to call a detailed portrait of toxic romance lovely, but Keep the Lights On truly is.
Delicately tracing the troubled nine-year bond between two men living in New York, Ira Sachs mines his own memories to sensitive, melancholy if somewhat muted effect in Keep the Lights On.
The New Yorker
The two characters are ciphers, and the script, which Sachs co-wrote with Mauricio Zacharias, is by turns underwritten or banal.

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