Luster (2002)

Written and directed by independent filmmaker Everett Lewis, Luster is a low-budget romantic comedy. Would-be poet Jackson (Justin Herwick) is tired of orgies and wants to settle down. While working at the record store owned by Sam (Shane… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 17, 2002
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Lively, from-the-heart script ... and terrific, natural performances that, like the film itself, are cumulatively affecting.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

If Mr. Lewis intends Luster as a gay romantic fantasy, the fantasy is entirely one-sided.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

A character can be intelligent and provocative by pointing out the flaws of sophisticated people, but not by posing like a rebel and ripping into stereotypes.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Luster has a charming, skittish quality, and Lewis finds pathos and humor in his characters' often painful search for love.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

So bad in a special gay, L.A. way that it's almost an inept classic of its kind.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A cool indie flick.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Surprisingly bland considering the outrageousness of many of the situations.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Already overloaded with too many extraneous characters, this wobbly romance is thrown completely off balance by the Sonny/Billy subplot, which is more disturbing than warranted.

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