Death in Love
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Writer/director Boaz Yakin explores the burdens carried by the descendants of those who survived with this family drama about a woman (Jacqueline Bisset) who managed to live through her harrowing stint in a Nazi concentration camp, and her two dysfunctional sons. Having managed to survive in a Nazi concentration camp by seducing the doctor who carried out experimental surgeries on the prisoners, a young Jewish woman moves to New York and starts a family. Years later, her two grown sons seem poised to become casualties of their mother's desperate past. Her eldest son (Josh Lucas) works at a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"Death in Love is occasionally pretentious but always riveting."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"How do you explain a movie as hermetic and perverse and ultimately repugnant as Death in Love?"
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Say what you will about Boaz Yakin's epically awful Death in Love, but it wastes no time letting you know what you're in for."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"The story of miserable people living miserable lives without redemption, humor or hope."
‑ Robert Levin, Critic's Notebook
"A fascinating mess: sprawling, passionate, conflicted, confused...It may not be a film with a lot of clarity to its vision, but it definitely has vision, which is rare."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Yakin and his cast are up to the job, but the current they tap into is so charged it proves overpowering. Still, their bravery is commendable."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"It's not as if we learn anything or feel any insight or catharsis from watching his characters destroy themselves and others."
‑ Christy Lemire, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Even as the frustrated audience can already see the truths, secrets, and manipulations congeal around the characters, they seem impotent to stop being victims."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A raw and uncompromising drama with considerably limited appeal ... leaves a lasting impression, though it's rarely easy to watch."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"A stagy, melodramatic, and downright effective story about the way a mother's pain is passed on to her brood."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"There's something seriously wrong when you assemble actors this good -- and can't believe a single stilted word coming out of their mouths."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Survivor's guilt jumps a generation in Boaz Yakin's bleak family portrait, an incendiary journey back into the psychic horrors of the Holocaust."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"A strangely indulgent and highly personal film seemingly crafted less as a piece of entertainment than a work of expression from an increasingly conflicted artist."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The failure of the movie is hardly attributable to Lucas, or co-stars Jacqueline Bisset and Lukas Haas. I'm afraid the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of writer-director Boaz Yakin."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Boaz Yakin's dark drama is about the legacy of pain."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
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