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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82%
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Critic Score: 82% 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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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

A handsome thriller with plot twists that don't always make sense, "The Two Faces of January," moves slowly, but ultimately entertains.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A perfectly ordinary, unexceptionally satisfactory film... does a fine job with the mechanics of the plot, but it whiffs a bit on the characters.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

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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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a well-written and well-acted movie. The relationships in the triangle at the center of the film are not easily made convincing, but excellent acting makes it work. This is a very solid thriller with a lot of compelling emotional complexity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% 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
Dann Michalski
An atmospheric noir thriller, The Two Faces of January is full of suspense and mystery. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a married couple travelling… 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
Jeffrey Meyers
The Two Faces of January represents an interesting exercise in a romantic thriller, one with promising characters and talented leads, yet with an ultimate… More