Love Liza
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Wilson Joel is a man in trouble. There's a searing pain in his gut that he can't tolerate and a dazed quietness to his struggle as he tries to maintain his equilibrium. Wilson is attempting to move on from the sudden and inexplicable suicide of his wife. His mother-in-law is there for him, but her sympathies turn quickly. He has an employer that seems to want to help him, and a workmate who wants him for herself. But nothing and no one can give Wilson solace; so, he seeks oblivion. It is not the usual alcohol or drugs. Wilson inhales fumes from gasoline cans and model airplane fuel and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"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
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