Love the Beast
Love the Beast (2009)

Documentary that details actor Eric Bana's 25-year love affair with his car, a 1974 Ford Falcon coupe, as he explores the importance of friends and hobbies.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 12, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Bana exudes downhome blokeyness throughout, but an hour of this will be enough for most, after which egomania fatigue sets in. Add another star if you're a petrolhead, two if you really like Eric Bana and cars, three if you're his mum.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

While not everyone shares that same enthusiasm for automobiles, Mr. Bana's film unintentionally reminds us of Detroit's glory days when the big, gas-guzzling American muscle cars were the ultimate symbol of status and personal freedom.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

An innocuous if not entirely successful attempt to convince "non-car people" about the joys of loving a 1974 Ford Falcon XB coupe.

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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter

Bana's easygoing manner and a lingering sense of nostalgia build a mellow mood overall, while shrewd editing by Conor O'Neill and a rocking Aussie soundtrack pump up the volume on the race sequences.

Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Unless you share Bana's worship of screeching tyres and throbbing engines then this is probably something you only really need to see on the small screen.

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Catherine Shoard

Bana may not be a star exactly swaddled in charisma, but what mystique he did have is disassembled as comprehensively as that coupe's innards.

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Richard Kuipers

Bana packs plenty of visual grunt for revhead auds, but his misty-eyed narration and awkwardly staged probing of man-car love with an Oz TV psychologist veer close to vanity-project potholes.

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Empire Magazine

An indulgent but moving account of a decades-long love affair with his first car.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

Slight but unexpectedly sweet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Marcus Woolcott
Bana makes a film about himself - a brave move for a directorial debut. Luckily he's quite an interesting person, as is the subject: his 25 year love… More