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Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn topline the debut of writer/director Nik Fackler in Lovely Still, a whimsical romance tale that follows an elderly grocery-store bagger (Landau) who experiences his first pangs of love in the form of Burstyn. Elizabeth Banks portrays the woman's daughter, while Adam Scott handles the role of the store's owner. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It concerns an older man, alone during the holidays, who unexpectedly finds love. It also features two strong performances from veteran actors Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"It seems too much at first, but Fackler's up to something."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Don't be put off by the golden-hued, overly saccharine opening to this seemingly twee December (in both senses of the word) romance, because it hides a final quarter that packs an emotional wallop."
‑ James Croot,
"For Fackler, Lovely, Still remains an impressive first step towards another directing project."
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"Unlike Sarah Polley's superior kindred spirit Away from Her, Lovely, Still's portrait of late-life love is excruciatingly shallow and phony."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"There are moments during Lovely, Still when it feels like you're trapped with Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn in a kitschy musical Christmas snowglobe that someone keeps shaking."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"Will hit home with anyone who has had to struggle with the most difficult aspects of aging."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The performances from Landau and Burstyn are gobsmacking, and while there's nothing truly unexpected or surprising in the story, these two keep you watching regardless."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"There's nothing minor about the central performances in this film, even if they're in the pursuit of something that just doesn't quite work overall."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"It was Bette Davis who said 'growing old ain't for sissies.' And this film reiterates that notion from which no human being lucky enough to survive that long is exempt, framing old age as perhaps the greatest superhero screen manifestation of all."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The places where Fackler has problems or allows things to get a tad too sentimental are smoothed over by the unmatched skills of the effortlessly superb Burstyn and Landau."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"If you're old enough to pluck gray hairs, you may find yourself rubbing away a few tears."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A couple . . . who can still prove that true love never dies--only if love can survive this heavy-handed dose of sentimentality landing on it."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A poignant primer on making the most of a last chance at romance!"
‑ Kam Williams,
"Lovely, Still made me feel sorry for its venerable stars, despite my fondness for their legacies and my gratitude for their committed best efforts through most of the film."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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