San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As in a good European film, shots are allowed to breathe. The focus is on character and human emotion. At the same time, the movie shows an American concern for pace and story development. The result is the best of both worlds.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
James Gray's Two Lovers really is a '70s movie, in the mode of such raw, unfiltered character studies as "The Panic in Needle Park," "Wanda," and "Fat City."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For a filmmaker who has made his reputation with such crime thrillers as "Little Odessa" and "The Yards," James Gray reveals an unexpected gift for the mysteries of romance.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The whole movie is so well-cast and performed that we watch it unfolding without any particular awareness of "acting."
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Phoenix plays the romantic lead with great intelligence and enormous charm, making his character's conflict utterly believable, and Paltrow positively glows as the radiant shiksa who dazzles him.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film's secrets unfold slowly, allowing Phoenix and Paltrow -- a luminous fusion of grace and grit -- to build a relationship in full. The script, by Gray and Richard Menello, is inspired by Dostoevsky's "White Nights."
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A throwback in style, pace, and storytelling to the 1970s and the downbeat mood pieces of directors like Bob Rafelson.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Joaquin Phoenix gives a superbly raw and excruciatingly vulnerable performance.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The storytelling here is at times as awkward as its hero, and since it is a Gray film Two Lovers takes itself dreadfully seriously. Yet it's one of the few movies I've seen recently that improves on a second viewing, in part because Phoenix does such remarkably subtle work.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Director James Gray is best known for hard-edged dramas like "Little Odessa," so it's surprising to find he has such a well-developed romantic side. This isn't your average date-night flick, though.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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