LUV Synopsis
Accompanied by his young nephew (Michael Rainey Jr.), an ex-convict (Common) tries to raise money through a drug deal.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Loved LUV

By i_gamble
This was/is a great movie for all people. Common really came through as a strong character that was very believable. The boy (Rainey) showed range and was a bit too quick of a study, which was/is...

A very moving story

By veegeenj
Very well done film with a surprising number of well name stars. Good acting and writing. Pretty intense at times, smooth pace. I wish Common appeared in more films; he really is a good actor....

Impressive For First-Time Director

By charbonete
The story had amazing performances and the story had a lot of potential, though it was uneven at times. But definitely worth seeing, especially if you're an African-American man who wants to see a...

Thoughtful and Touching Story

By malston23
I was not sure what to expect from this movie, but I was surprisingly delighted. The story gives you a view into the life of someone who has made mistakes in life, but wants more than to go back into...

A Must See

By Dyanna75
This Movie gives you a real and in depth look at how a young misguided kid is lead into a world he has no place in at such a young age. A Child that had to grow up fast before his time. A Child that...

This movie is really good.

By skyyballer
Get ready to take an emotional journey. This is a must see. I feel like I can't give the real review I want to because I don't want to give up anything, but I must say that it is a great movie all...

Good movie ,slightly imbalanced

By er1kblad3
Luv was star studded and the motives had times the movie appeared to be predictable and a little truth stretchy, but in all a good movie...

In with LUV

This movie showed a different side to Common's acting skills which I enjoyed. Michael Rainey Jr was phenomenal. I went through every emotion watching him. He's a natural and very endearing. I'm a...


By Yrbpoints
Really enjoyed the movie Common and Michael Rainey, Jr did a great job....


By Team ADW
THIS MOVIE IS INTENSE! The cinematography was amazing, imagery of Baltimore extraordinary and Common and Rainey Jr. were exceptional!...

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Rated R | For Vioence, language, child endangerment and some drug content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
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