The Face of Love
The Face of Love (2014)

FACE OF LOVE is the story of a widow named Nikki (Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man named Tom (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Perhaps worth checking out if only for the opportunity to see reliably powerful work from Annette Bening and Ed Harris, The Face of Love undermines its leads' performances with a scattershot script and aimless direction.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The Face of Love's story runs and blotches like cheap mascara.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet.

Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

This thoughtful, if slightly melodramatic, film is a throwback to the four hankie pictures of the 1940s...

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin.

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Zade Constantine
The Film Stage

The Face of Love quickly accumulates emotional subplots that distract from this central idea.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like so much about this film, the finale hints at Hitchcock but settles for soap opera.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Bening and Harris pour so much genuine emotion into their roles in this Vertigo-like romantic melodrama that they just about carry the film's fanciful premise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Five years after her husband Garrett(Ed Harris) drowned in Mexico, Nikki(Annette Bening) is still very much grieving. But she feels well enough so that her… More
John Ballantine
The intention was surely a love story but here we have creepiness as a woman pursues a man who looks exactly like her dead husband. The actors work well however… More
hawk ledge
Annette Bening and Ed Harris up against pure corn and soap.