The Two Faces of January
The Two Faces of January (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Everything about The Two Faces of January is right, even as the events it describes - a couple's idyllic Grecian holiday, a charming American's adventures abroad - go terribly wrong.

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Matt Pais

Rather than rise, this story cools off, fading away into unconvincing, accidental tragedy and an attempted emotional coda that feels more stapled on than woven in.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

At a certain point, it's akin to reading a mediocre murder mystery. You finish it because you're too far in to quit, as opposed to actually caring how things wrap up.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie never reaches a boil. Instead, it simmers and simmers until you're suddenly shocked at the hot water you're in.

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Ray Pride

Despite admirable moment-to-moment feats of actorly legerdemain from the primary and secondary cast alike, there's a deadly lack of heat. The costumes sing, the cigarettes fume. The simmer satisfies but never earns the tale's godless gloom.

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Wesley Morris

What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Things get awfully twisted under that hot Mediterranean sun.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

As complicity, solicitude and self-interest blur and shimmer in the sun, the Highsmith-ian triangle of danger, deceit and desire tightens into a noose. A crisp, elegant throwback to a classic era of character-driven thrillers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
An average thriller that leaves a dry taste in the mouth!
danny d
an intriguing thriller with excellent performances, photography, and set design. the film is held back from a lack of plot depth and unlikable characters, but… More
Samuel Riley
Tense, moving and fascinating. With both Issac and Dunst giving very strong performances, Mortensen was the true highlight as the husband on the run with his… More
Cameron Johnson
"Aragorn and the Two Faces of January"! It would appear as though Viggo Mortensen as back for yet another adventure, and by that, I mean that it just… More
Carlos Magalhăes
Even if not exactly impressive or as tense and gripping as it could have certainly been, this is still a pretty efficient directorial debut for Amini, with a… More
Philip Price
There is nothing particularly groundbreaking about The Two Faces of January, but that doesn't make it a pointless experience. In fact, it is rather… More