LUV (2013)

An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV."

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

When Rainey Jr. and Common get into their screaming matches, it's powerful stuff.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

The finale is too melodramatic to be powerful.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.

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Joel Arnold

Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.

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Michael Dequina

Common more than pulls off the tough task in a revelatory, award-worthy turn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Follow your hero. Or become your own man. Good Film! The film does a formidable job in demonstrating that no matter what you do or how much you may want to… More
Walter M.
Fresh out of jail, Vincent(Common) visits his nephew Woody(Michael Rainey Jr.) who is staying with his grandmother(Lonette McKee). That is followed by Vincent… More