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Only Lovers Left Alive
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (c) Sony Classics
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jim Jarmusch stocks his latest low-key indie with more than his usual characters in low-velocity drift."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Has undoubted panache, and wit to spare, especially when Swinton is in the frame."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Viewers with patience will be rewarded by a story of survival that builds toward inevitable tragedy."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The constant, overt comparisons of drug addiction and blood food become obvious and slightly tiresome."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"My eyes were accountably wet from the opening image of cold, unflinching stars in the sky that then twirl to blur under the opening credits until the last, tender, vital gesture, toward life, toward survival, that ends this lovely magnum opus."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"This is a weak entry in the filmmaker's canon, a film that continues Jarmusch's rebellion against narrative while offering nothing in its place."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A vampire flick as only Jim Jarmusch would ever conceive it, languidly poetic, worldweary and crammed with hipster in-jokes."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"Somber but not humorless, "Only Lovers Left Alive" plays to a languid but involving rhythm that is its own."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Uses immortal blood-suckers as the setup for a darkly comic, sad and romantic story of life's disappointments and redemptions."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"I think this is certainly an original and unusual film."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"it's also one of [Jarmusch's] most visually expressive films, playing out amid ravishing nocturnal imagery that fits perfectly with the dark romantic tone."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Hiddleston is appropriately soggy in a Byronic kind of way, and Swinton, in a platinum-blond wig, gives the ultimate Tilda Swinton performance as a poetically famished vampiress."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The movie is steeped in a world-weariness that flatters a certain kind of know-it-all. Swinton and Hiddleston, looking like twins, take disaffection to the moon. Not since Weekend at Bernie's have two actors done more to promote the cause of corpses."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Neither a romance, nor a horror, although it has glowing moments of both, it's a rich, witty mood piece you just have to sink into."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"Jim Jarmusch is a cool dude of a filmmaker and his latest take on vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive is very cool indeed."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
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