The Caveman's Valentine
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A man struggles back from madness to avenge the death of someone he knew in an intelligent thriller based on the acclaimed novel by George Dawes Green. Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) once had a career as an acclaimed concert pianist, a position at the Juilliard School of Music, and a loving wife and children. But Ledbetter's life has been devastated by paranoid schizophrenia; now homeless, Ledbetter wanders the streets of New York City as he rails against Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant, a man whom he believes controls all the evil in the world while following his movements from a perch… 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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