Two Lovers Synopsis
A man (Joaquin Phoenix) gets involved with two vastly different women.
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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...
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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," ...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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TWO LOVERS. Visceral drama - old-fashioned love story. GRADE: A-minus

Based on an ACTUAL advance press screening which I attended last night, Tuesday 2/24 - this R-rated 1 hr 40 min movie starring Joaquin Phoenix in his supposed last movie before he embarks on a new...

Great movie...

By me_meandme
I just saw this movie and although it is a bit slow in the beginning it is a beautiful story. Joaquin Phoenix does a wonderful job with his character as Leonard. It is a love story, of...

Two Lovers

By jmseward
This movie was just OK . . . the acting was fine but I didn't really connect with the characters!...

It held my interest

By spamtrap
... which most movies can't do. I may be biased, however. "Two Lovers" is loosely based on Dostoevsky's short story "White Nights", and I was really into Dostoevsky about 20 years ago, reading all...

good but slow

By wayner92
I liked the movie, but it took some work.... you should definitely be a big fan of either Gweney or Joaquinn....

Paltrow and Phoenix are outstanding.

By Nacho Baggo
They are two well prepared and convincing actors and they show their talents well in this film. The picture is fresh and well told, but the story is so melancholy I can't recommend it across the...

Two Lovers

I would not pay good money to see a druggy bent on going into a downward spiral such as Joaquin Phoenix! He was a good actor gone stupid.....I'll save my money!...

Hard hitting simple humanity

By lovemoviesgirl09
This movie is a must see. It's a love story, drama and snap shot of things that happen in life. The character Leonard has moved in with his parents after his failed engagement to another woman. ...

Extraordinary Performances Elevate TWO LOVERS

By lugubriousthespian
Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix are at the top of their game here as they deliver heart-felt performances in James Gray's probing, poignant drama about the fragile complexities of love and...

“TWO LOVERS” – Actually 4, & most of them are CONFUSED! =

By jimchudnow
(Based on an advance preview:) The synopsis didn’t give me a very favorable anticipation of this— but it was considerably BETTER than expected. JOAQUIN PHOENIX (in purportedly the “last” acting role...

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Rated R | For language, some sexuality and brief drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Joaquin Phoenix indie is a boring, self-indulgent melodrama.
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