• Released
  • January 18, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Drama
  • 70 Fan Ratings

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Candis gets some wonderful performances from his impressive cast.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The big names in the cast add atmosphere in small doses, especially when Haysbert and Glover combine.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a film about African Americans that sidesteps all the usual, hopeful cliches and comments on how one failed generation raises another.
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Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
As a film that largely works as a subdued twist on the familiar drama about crime and family, LUV needed more intimacy and focus.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
An uneven but strongly acted debut feature from co-writer and director Sheldon Candis.
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So it's nice that, despite some cliched rhythms, the flawed-ex-con-makes-good drama LUV gets the details of childhood-cut-short heartbreakingly right.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The strength is in the performances and visual detail. The flaws are mostly in the script, which asks the youngest cast member to pull off a near-impossible transformation.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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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52 out of 100
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