The Caveman's Valentine
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

A man struggles back from madness to avenge the death of someone he knew in an intelligent thriller based on the acclaimed novel by George Dawes Green. Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) once had a career as an acclaimed concert pianist,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 2, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Caveman's Valentine has an intriguing premise, but the film falls flat under the weight of its ambition.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Lemmons creates mesmerizing passages, but she can't bring this one to a fulfilling crescendo.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Jackson's convincing portrayal of an untethered psyche scrambling for purchase on the slippery slope of sanity and Lemmons's arresting cinematic vision, in which we see the world through the eyes of a man continually descending into ...madness, is enough.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Complex and violent movie -- not for kids.

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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

This is a commercial film with limited ambitions.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Intriguing, visually startling.

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Emanuel Levy

A sophomore jinx for Lemmons, an overstuffed drama that fails to satisfy as a murder mystery or as a spiritual redemption saga of a homeless man, disappointingly played by Samuel Jackson (who was misdirected).

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Burdened by sloppy plot turns and unbelievable characters.

John Zebrowski
Seattle Times

What saves the movie from mediocrity is its visual style.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Remember David Helfgott, the concert pianist who goes mad in Shine? Imagine him in dreadlocks and as the star of a detective thriller, and you have a better understanding of The Caveman's Valentine than the people who made it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Romulus Ledbetter: I got freezing temperatures all over my brain. And I got legends of angels up there! Like little moths, and they'll beat the hell out of… More
vieras esine
Quite curious, but is clearly missing something.
Aaron Neuwirth
Romulus Ledbetter: Sheila, what are you doing here? Sheila: Watching you make a fool of yourself. What are YOU doing here? Romulus Ledbetter: I have to… More
Naughtia Nahazhina
It was very weird seeing Samuel L. Jackson with big beard and long dreadlocks. Jackson stars as a genius and educated musician who gets very affected by… More
Lady D'arbanville
I very much like the idea of this film, it plays on a different perspective and shows graphically the thoughts of SLJ's character through the way he sees… More
Marcus Woolcott
A delusional homeless man finds a body, and then proceeds to investigate. Except nobody will listen to him, or take him seriously - let alone believe him. Plot… More