Love the Beast
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Millions of viewers are familiar with Aussie actor Eric Bana from his Hollywood blockbuster work, notably in Black Hawk Down (2001), Hulk (2003) and Munich (2005). Bana steps away from fiction and doubles as director-and-star with this unusual and highly personal outing, a documentary concerning the thespian's deep-seated love of his classic sports car. Nicknamed "The Beast," the vehicle in question is a Ford GT Falcon Coupe that Bana received secondhand from his father and has rebuilt on multiple occasions. The film explores Bana's ongoing, 25-year+ love affair with the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"Bana exudes downhome blokeyness throughout, but an hour of this will be enough for most, after which egomania fatigue sets in. Add another star if you're a petrolhead, two if you really like Eric Bana and cars, three if you're his mum."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Unless you share Bana's worship of screeching tyres and throbbing engines then this is probably something you only really need to see on the small screen."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Bana may not be a star exactly swaddled in charisma, but what mystique he did have is disassembled as comprehensively as that coupe's innards."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian [UK]
"You would have to love Eric Bana and his souped-up old racer to appreciate this car-themed documentary."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"'non-car people' will find themselves forced into the position of disengaged anthropologist, observing all the vehicular bump and grind without gaining any real insight or emotional connection from the experience."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Bana's easygoing manner and a lingering sense of nostalgia build a mellow mood overall, while shrewd editing by Conor O'Neill and a rocking Aussie soundtrack pump up the volume on the race sequences."
‑ Megan Lehmann, Hollywood Reporter
"An indulgent but moving account of a decades-long love affair with his first car."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Slight but unexpectedly sweet."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"This self-directed vanity project shows the actor as a decent bloke who keeps in touch with his old mates from home, but that goodwill is squandered by earnest interviews with fellow petrolheads."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Love the Beast is a solid film about car lovers, for car lovers. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"Bana packs plenty of visual grunt for revhead auds, but his misty-eyed narration and awkwardly staged probing of man-car love with an Oz TV psychologist veer close to vanity-project potholes."
‑ Richard Kuipers, Variety
"An innocuous if not entirely successful attempt to convince "non-car people" about the joys of loving a 1974 Ford Falcon XB coupe."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Although it helps to be a car nut to watch this, Bana's unpretentious passion is infectious."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Petrolheads can probably go ahead and add an extra star but otherwise Love the Beast is a likeable and occasionally moving documentary, even if it's not quite the success it could have been."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Through narration, interviews, and cinematographic fawning over their chassis, classic American cars are celebrated for their imperfect character, which makes them seem vibrantly alive."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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