Love Liza
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Love Liza is a psychological drama about a man trying to come to terms with his wife's suicide. Wilson Joel (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is searching for answers as to why his wife, Liza, killed herself. He is unable to bring himself to read the suicide note Liza left behind. Instead of facing his demons, Wilson becomes addicted to sniffing gasoline. Kathy Bates co-stars as Liza's mother. This film was written by the star's brother Gordy Hoffman, and directed by newcomer Todd Louiso. Love Liza was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Largely this sad story is handled with a morbidity and monotony that go nowhere -- certainly not toward understanding."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A bleak little film, bold and well-intentioned in its unrelenting gaze on sorrow, but it never involves your emotions."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a strong performance that slightly elevates this minor film (written by his brother) above its narrow scope and small-scale production."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Love Liza is a festival film that would have been better off staying on the festival circuit."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Pointless claptrap that wastes those fine performances in service of a story that's all too predictable."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This is a film that succeeds on the strength of its acting, which is uniformly brilliant."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The script isn't very good; not even someone as gifted as Hoffman (the actor) can make it work."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A bela performance de Hoffman é prejudicada pelo roteiro irregular, que o obriga a passar por mudanças súbitas e inexplicáveis, como se a necessidade de arrancar lágrimas do espectador fosse maior do que o interesse em buscar coesão para a história."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Love Liza doesn't leave us with redemptive speeches or somber homilies but with a hard-earned sense of something moving down deep, below the apparent emptiness"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Hoffman's performance provides the emotional release his brother's script and Louiso's direction try to deny us."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A showcase for an actor's actor rather than as a drama that engages our hearts."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It is a warm, perceptive study of people who do curious things."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Lays grief on with a thickness that smothers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite the film's bizarre developments, Hoffman keeps us riveted with every painful nuance, unexpected flashes of dark comedy and the character's gripping humanity."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Hoffman is a terrific character actor."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
More reviews for Love Liza on Rotten Tomatoes