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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even vampires get the blues."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"You don't so much watch this movie as slink into it, joining an unlikely pair of lovers and enjoying their slouchy elegance."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""Only Lovers Left Alive" may be a vampire film to us, but it's a zombie movie to them."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"It isn't too soon to add Only Lovers Left Alive to the list of the greatest vampire films."
‑ Rob Humanick, The Berks-Mont News
"There's not a wasted second, no imperfectly conceived moments. Like the characters, it feels eternal."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"This is a film that finds horror not in the extreme, but in the mundane. That alone makes it a worthwhile entry in a genre that it both inhabits and rises above."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
""Only Lovers Left Alive" breathes new and intriguing life into the vampire genre."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is very pleasing to the eye and contains fine performances from its ensemble, but ultimately there is nothing beneath the surface to captivate the viewer's interest."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"It makes for one of the most enjoyable and artful pieces of cinematic dandyism in the Jarmusch catalog, and for all its poised flipness, one of the saddest and most serious."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Akron-area product Jim Jarmusch offers up one of his most accessible films, a vampire piece for the ages -- literally."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (
"Somehow it's all very entertaining and weird and fitting, with Detroit looking like a place any vampire would be happy to be."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it's also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Only Lovers Left Alive is a gorgeous movie."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"...Jarmusch seems content to eschew character development and plot advances in favor of a very specific (and palpable) mood."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"While it's not quite a horror movie, Jarmusch has some fun playing in horror's back yard."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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