• Released
  • January 19, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Drama
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Holds less water as a mystery because its plot holes - and choppy pacing - make it seem as disconnected from reality as its hero. But Jackson is so frighteningly effective, and affecting, as Romulus that you're sucked in anyway.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So suggestively atmospheric is Amelia Vincent's cinematography and Robin Standefer's art direction that mood -- and of course Jackson's performance -- sustains the movie.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
To watch Samuel L. Jackson in the role is to realize again what a gifted actor he is, how skilled at finding the right way to play a character who, in other hands, might be unplayable.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There is pleasure in giving oneself up to the gusty swirls of the film's imagery, and especially to the handsome grandeur of its star.
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63

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The details of the story, crucial in a picture that's at least partly a mystery, remain a tangled blur.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie loses its magic by the time the solution is revealed.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Dramatically speaking, The Caveman's Valentine is a dead end.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Offers a dazzling showcase for Samuel L. Jackson.
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38

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Calling a cave of rocks home while spouting invective worthy of the Juilliard attendee he once was, homeless-by-choice Samuel L. Jackson worms his way into one of the least compelling mysteries in years.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A wildly implausible thriller.
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44 out of 100
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