Loving (2016)

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 4, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.

Tom Shone

What is radical about Nichols's film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention but on the Lovings themselves.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It shows how far America has come in its views of race and equality - and how far is left to go.

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Elizabeth Kiefer

The movie is subtle, full of quiet power, and showcases finely crafted performances from all but one of its key players (Nick Kroll).

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Nichols is one of today's finest rural storytellers, and he never wavers in his approach, going small where others would go grandiose. "Loving" is an exercise in restraint befitting the quiet couple at its center.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Watch how Edgerton's Joel, a stoic man of few words, puts an arm around Mildred without seeming to think about it, naturally wanting her near; watch how Negga lets her performance speak through her expressive eyes, always looking for Richard.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

The slow pace doesn't work because it's sustained too long and doesn't go anywhere very interesting or unexpected. Jeff Nichols missed a great opportunity to give Ms. Negga and Mr. Edgerton material worthy of their talent.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A resplendent and remarkably subtle, yet deeply affecting, drama about the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Negga... has an innate gentleness that makes her situation all the more intolerable. And Edgerton... manages to mix level-headed with being a little bit dense. Both are quite convincing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
I find it remarkable how Nichols uses a sober, unsentimental approach (with a very nice attention to details) to tell this real-life story and move us because… More
Nate Zoebl
Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga) are a young couple deeply in love in the late 1950s. The only problem: he's white and she is black.… More
Christian C
Nicely acted and directed, "Loving" tells the story of one of the biggest civil rights cases in U.S. history -- with hardly any reference to the… More
Mark Hobin
At the core of Loving are two performances that are flawlessly executed. Joel Edgerton as Richard is not the civil crusader you might expect. He's strong… More
KJ Proulx
With a true story as sensitive as this, it was imperative that the filmmakers took care in choosing the right aspects to showcase, as well as do an impeccable… More
Glenn Gaylord
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE WARS - My Review of LOVING (3 Stars) Writer/Director Jeff Nichols (MUD, TAKE SHELTER, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL) makes slow, methodical… More