Lovers of Hate
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A man looks for a way to get even with the sibling who has stolen away the woman he loves in this independent comedy drama from writer and director Bryan Poyser. Paul (Alex Karpovsky) and Rudy (Chris Doubek) are brothers who are also both writers, though their careers are on opposite ends of the spectrum of success; Paul has authored a series of fantasy novels for kids that have made him a very wealthy man, while Rudy's bitter and more personal work makes no inroads into the marketplace. Rudy is envious of his brother's good fortune, in part because he helped him come up with the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An unusually perceptive examination of fraternal rivalry and failed ambition."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It lingers in the mind, thanks largely to its trio of actors -- especially Alex Karpovsky, who brings a riveting sense of spontaneity to depicting the younger brother's slow-burning rage."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"Transforms from an awkward-and unsatisfying-mumblecore comedy to a surprisingly intimate look at the ways people deal with hurt."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Lovers of Hate does a superb job of tapping into a lot of our worst nightmares with some dark, intelligent comedy, and then completely screws us over by making it relatable and believable."
‑ Erik Davis, Cinematical
"A 2010 Sundance favorite, this inventive (and inventively thrifty) character study from Austin indie stalwart Bryan Poyser never flinches from the intractable sibling resentment at its core."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Designed to make you laugh and squirm, Lovers of Hate does more of the latter."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Often feels like a film school exercise in how to handle three major characters in mostly one location ... doesn't skimp in the key area of complicated relationships"
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"An experience that's strange, unsettling and wholly unpredictable."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"It's among the most unjustly underseen American indies of the year."
‑ Karina Longworth, L.A. Weekly
"The film is at its best as a comedy milking an elegantly simple locked-room premise."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"Lovers of Hate would be a family tragedy if the immature antics of the three characters didn't send you ping-ponging from sympathetic chuckles to guffaws of disgust."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Lovers of Hate, very simply, deserves to be seen in any way possible."
‑ Katey Rich,
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