100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Hoffman's acting is poignant and compassionate, etching a profoundly sad character with no trace of compromise, and Bates gives one of her most controlled performances ever.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A downbeat but oddly affectionate tale.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie proceeds with a hypnotic relentlessness that hesitates between horror and black comedy.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's a great performance that's a horror to watch. Of all the bleak year-end movies, Love Liza is the bleakest; of all the sad characters you've seen lately, Hoffman's Wilson Joel is the saddest. And he goes home with you.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Does have the enclosed, slightly overheated feel of a family theatrical.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Because the movie is about addictive behavior dulling the pain of grief rather than in the larger drama of dealing with grief, the movie reduces the scope of Hoffman's performance.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Everyone's work is heartfelt, heaven knows, but the script, by Mr. Hoffman's brother, Gordy Hoffman, gives the movie's star little but lugubriousness to play...eventually the whole thing seems to be running on fumes.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hoffman acts the hell out of the role.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Hoffman stores the plane fuel in his house and even enjoys sniffing it. The movie might be a lot more fun as a suspense pic were he to take on a roommate who chained-smoked.
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58 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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