The Face of Love
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FACE OF LOVE is the story of a widow named Nikki (Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man named Tom (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: she's met the love of her life. Again. The film is a romantic story filled with humor, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. Bening and Harris star, with an important supporting turn from Robin Williams as Nikki's confidante and would-be lover. (c) IFC Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"The Face of Love's story runs and blotches like cheap mascara."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The Face of Love is light on impact ... and could have been so much more than it wound up being."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"When [Harris] tells Bening he "could take a bath in the way you look at me," you just might have heard the worst line of 2014."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"While Ed Harris and Annette Bening do share decent on-screen chemistry, their illogical behavior and almost humorous conclusion leave you feeling disappointed and unsatisfied."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A slightly soporific, shapeless drama that does contain some fine performances from the reliable Annette Bening and Ed Harris."
‑ Tony Stamp,
"There is something very dispiriting in watching talent [Ed Harris & Annette Bening] struggling to save something as ill-conceived as this."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"If your way of dealing with grief is basically to decide that anything you do is fine as long it gets you back on your feet, you are essentially a sociopath."
‑ David Berry, National Post
"Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It says something for the excellent work of Bening, Harris and Weixler that this basically absurd melodrama succeeds as well as it does."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Love may be lovelier the second time around but has never been as complicated when the past and present are juxtaposed at impossible angles. Top flight performances from Annette Bening & Ed Harris counter the preposterous premise"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The drama comes in Bening's subtle shifts from joy to embarrassment to fear. It's the face of love lost, and it's the one thing you can believe."
‑ Jay Stone,
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