The Loveless (Breakdown)
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The period biker flick The Loveless marks the feature debut of both actor Willem Dafoe and writer/director Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days). Bigelow co-wrote and co-directed the film with Monty Montgomery, who would go on to produce Wild at Heart and The Portrait of a Lady. Dafoe plays Vance, a stoic, leather-clad biker who rides into a small Southern town and to wait for some other bikers. Their plan is to travel on to Daytona for some racing, but they have to stick around the little truck stop town for a while to get one of their bikes repaired. Vance flirts a bit with Augusta (Liz Gans), a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"At times the perversely slow beat of each scene can irritate, but that's a reasonable price for the film's super-saturated atmosphere."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A strange, but compelling amalgam of art film and homage to the American International Pictures biker flicks of the 1960s."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"A slightly hallucinatory homage to The Wild Ones."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Its evocation of tough-guy glamour is ridiculously stilted. And it regards the past with absolutely no perspective or wit."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Bigelow's first feature, co-written and co-directed with Monty Montgomery, is a nihilistic meditation on 1950s biker flicks, featuring Willem Dafoe in his first screen role."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Intelligent, provocative, camp, indulgent, erotic, occasionally frustrating, and often brilliant."
‑ , Film4
"An excoriation of Reagan-era nostalgia for the Fifties"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Mostly concerned about how it looks and not too concerned about its story or in making great observations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A minor classic of a certain attitude."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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