100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lindhardt, sweet and childish and achingly vulnerable, gives a stunning performance.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
The performances are first-rate, with Lindhardt particularly moving as a guy who's in deep denial about just how much he can expect from a relationship with an addict.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
By dropping in on this couple from time to time for the kinds of moments one of them might remember, the film is more honest than its characters.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The film, though, is as sure-footed as their partnership is not - a nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil, persuasively acted, richly sensual one moment, wrenching the next, and unlike so many films centering on gay characters, not particularly concerned with things like coming out or HIV.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A well-written, sensitively directed relationship drama. In most circumstances, that's all it would be - and that would be enough. But lead Thure Lindhardt pushes the picture into realms of such exposed intimacy, you almost feel like you're dating him yourself.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

The film is at its best in the bedroom, not shying away from the sexual relationship, but not being graphic about it, either. There is great sex, clumsy sex, tender sex - and it's all crucial to the story. Such genuine intimacy, whether gay or straight, is virtually nonexistent in American cinema. It's enthralling to see it here.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
More than just a relationship drama of striking specificity, this is a naked confession about addiction.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A tough, well-acted little indie.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

A stiff central performance diminishes its emotional impact, but the visually alluring film's sensuality and tenderness give it a lingering spell.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's inspired of Sachs to lean on Russell for a kind of oblique emotional depth. But it's possible to leave this movie mistaking Sachs's soul for Russell's.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.