Love Is Colder Than Death
Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)

An independent criminal's work is admired by organized crime. He is tortured after he refuses the invitation to join the gang but later relents and becomes a member. He continues to be a pimp and a murderer in this disturbing film that… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 1969
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The makings of a powerful filmmaker are clearly in evidence.

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Fernando F. Croce

The attitudinizing New Wave thriller is turned into narcotized tableaux

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

These disquieting moments evoke a strange and complex sexual relationship between the film's characters bound to end in ravishing betrayals.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Flouting conventional wisdom, Fassbinder stages scene after scene against a blank white wall as characters shuffle back and forth and almost disappear into the blinding haze.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide

This film is too stylized and protracted to interest the average crime-movie fan. It's recommended only for Fassbinder completists.

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Christopher Null

the least eventful crime movie ever

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Love Is Colder Than Death is heavily abstracted, with the characters more like models in a fashion layout than people in a story.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Incredibly assured debut film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
fassbinder's first feature gets off to a difficult start showing perhaps a bit too much of his roots in experimental theater. however i was soon hooked… More
Arash Xak
Fassbinder's austere & stark debut, Feel the coldness & the blankness & of course beware of a jealous whore!! I actually liked this a bit… More
Marcus Woolcott
An interesting debut but ultimately a tad bland.