The Two Faces of January
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In Theaters September 26 (7 days)
Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An unhurried, louche thriller that gives way to claustrophobia as it starts to get its clammy hands around your neck."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Amini demonstrates considerable skill both with actors and with the camera, giving the film a pungent balance of visual elegance and moral seediness."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"It's the locations that give the film its most robust flavour ... the plot isn't the film's greatest attribute, but hums along reliably, next to actors, clothes and locations that do the heavy lifting. Fun and disposable."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"This expertly executed adaptation of a second-tier title from esteemed author Patricia Highsmith is all about making a little niggle go a long way."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Long-time screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) displays a degree of airy, old-fashioned elegance in his first directorial outing."
‑ Aaron Yap,
"The treat is watching [Oscar] Isaac and the magnetic [Viggo] Mortensen enact an Oedipal dance of desperation, their black hearts racing under white linen suits."
‑ Steven Mears, Film Comment Magazine
"Director Amini juggles the pairs with Hitchcockian aplomb."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"We've all got a bit of good in us. We've all got a bit of bad in us. That comes through loud and clear when you get to know these characters."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Structurally his script is excellent, condensing the book's plot while retaining its spirit."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"A final foot chase - like much before it - attempts to recall classics like The Third Man, yet is successful only in the way that Mortensen's speed is as dubious as Orson Welles'."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This is that rare movie that's way ahead of the viewer instead of the other way around. In terms of what it sets out to do, and does, there's nothing missing."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Ambitious, gorgeous, even brave at times, though not always assured, Hossein Amini's beautiful and cautiously constructed thriller is an admirable piece featuring a trio of impressive performances"
‑ Clayton Davis,
"A welcome hark back to the days when mystery films were chiefly the stuff of cinema rather than absorbing, finely honed adventure."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Amini's handling of this gripping drama makes the film intriguing even when some of the plot developments stretch the boundaries of belief, and the film boasts three very strong performances in the leading roles."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"A tight, stylish, romantic thriller with strong characters and driving plot, The Two Faces of January is the perfect remedy for those who live on a steady diet of Hitchcock and Wilder noir's."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
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