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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV.""
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Clearly inspired by the television show "The Wire," newbie writer-director Sheldon Candis stumbles through crime drama clichés in a prosaic coming-of-age movie that fails to connect on any level."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An attempt to do something new in the field of boyz-n-the-hood relationship dramas."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre.""
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"if interpreted as "a fable" you may be able to shrug it off."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush
"It's got the heart and soul, but not the brain."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"A hackneyed, from-the-streets Sundance drama that would be mostly forgettable if not for the performance of child actor Michael Rainey Jr."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human."
‑ Joel Arnold, NPR
"Candis demonstrates a practiced hand in his direction, keeping the pace brisk and the tension taut. But there's no getting around the meandering and highly formulaic script."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Candis doesn't trust his himself to pull it off, weighing the film down with a disconnected score that pushes an otherwise edgy story into melodrama."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
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