The Two Faces of January Synopsis
A con artist and his wife must trust a potentially dangerous stranger to help them evade capture.
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88

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Carefully directed and gorgeous to look at, with haunting performances and maximum suspense.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is Highsmith, and so things do not go as planned for her protagonists. The Two Faces of January - drop-dead gorgeous to behold - is...
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80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
A superior directorial debut for a smart, literate screenwriter delivers both first-class character drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
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80

Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
Dunst handles her sidekick role with a mature ease that’s new to her, but it’s the men you remember: Mortensen in psychological freefall...
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Best known as the screenwriter of such subtext-rich adaptations as “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive,” Amini excels at conveying the...
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80

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
It’s an elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
That Hossein Amini, in his first outing as a director, kept all three of these well-known actors in perfect balance suggests a filmmaker...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is an unusual role for Mortensen, but after you’ve played a thinking woman’s hunk so long and so well, what else is there?
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Mortensen and Isaac, expertly exchanging the faces of loyalty and betrayal, are both outstanding. Is the film too old-school for short...
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Odie Henderson
It’s Mortensen and his smokes that seal the deal. Puffing away, he is dangerously sexy and morally dubious, the latter of which makes...
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The two faces of january

By kclud
Vigo as an American. Felt like a 40's movie. Expected Bogart to show up....

Worth seeing

By CNMGREY
I saw this movie on an international flight, but in spite of the small screen and poor sound, I found it engaging a very watchable. Good story with twists and turns. The cast portray the interesting...

By roliver2
loved this movie, very Hitchcock...

By trudylavallee67
I liked this movie even though the first half was on the slow side. it was also partly in Greek and Turkish and since my TV screen is small it was hard to read the subtitles....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violence, Smoking and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Stylish thriller set in '60s Greece has drinking, smoking.
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