The Caveman's Valentine
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In her second film after the award-winning Eve's Bayou, actor-director Kasi Lemmons further explores the Gothic underbelly of family in this thriller based on George Dawes Green's acclaimed novel. Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) is a former Juilliard-trained composer and dedicated father who now resides in Manhattan's lower depths and has delusions of being tracked down by mysterious sources. One day, he discovers the frozen corpse of Scotty Gates (Sean MacMahon), a young drifter hanging in a tree outside Romulus' chosen home, a cave-like contraption. Romulus is convinced… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lemmons creates mesmerizing passages, but she can't bring this one to a fulfilling crescendo."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Jackson's convincing portrayal of an untethered psyche scrambling for purchase on the slippery slope of sanity and Lemmons's arresting cinematic vision, in which we see the world through the eyes of a man continually descending into ...madness, is enough."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Complex and violent movie -- not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Really not much more than an urban Scooby Doo episode, only Shaggy is black and with far more facial hair."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"A few great and original developments."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"This is a commercial film with limited ambitions."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Intriguing, visually startling."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A sophomore jinx for Lemmons, an overstuffed drama that fails to satisfy as a murder mystery or as a spiritual redemption saga of a homeless man, disappointingly played by Samuel Jackson (who was misdirected)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Jackson struggles mightily with a thankless role which has him doing and saying way too many absurd things."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's unfortunate that all this talent is misplaced on what is, essentially, a contrived mystery."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Burdened by sloppy plot turns and unbelievable characters."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"What saves the movie from mediocrity is its visual style."
‑ John Zebrowski, Seattle Times
"Remember David Helfgott, the concert pianist who goes mad in Shine? Imagine him in dreadlocks and as the star of a detective thriller, and you have a better understanding of The Caveman's Valentine than the people who made it."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Samuel L. Jackson is awesome...this movie isn't."
‑ Paul Salfen,
"The Caveman's Valentine is a stylistically bold and bracingly ingenious thriller that grabs your attention, quickens your pulse -- and, when you least expect it, touches your heart."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
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