The Killing of Two Lovers

critic Reviews

, 92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Killing of Two Lovers unites deft direction and an artfully assembled cast in service of a powerful story.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    [A] lean, stylish and frequently heartbreaking drama...
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    Ariel KlinghofferLittle White Lies
    Airtight sound design, rich visuals and natural performances tell a poignant story.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Writer-director Robert Machoian has fashioned a wintry, clenched tale of domestic strife here, confining all but one sequence inside the 4:3 aspect ratio.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    This is a compelling portrait of a toxic marriage.
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    Max MallerChicago Reader
    From such simple beginnings through to all the complexities life can throw at a family, then back to the primal struggles anew, director Robert Machoian's first solo feature achieves technically what it sets about to portray emotionally, a rare feat.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's beautiful to look at. It's very painterly... It's glacially paced, but that didn't bother me particularly. Very bleak, but incredibly well-acted.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    The Killing of Two Lovers tears a page from the Kelly Reichart playbook (if you're gonna steal, steal from the best).
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Joshua Minsoo KimIn Review Online
    Robert Machoian constructs a difficult balance between simple-yet-impressive visual techniques and more frenzied audio compositions to drive an underwhelming narrative.
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    Alistair HarknessScotsman
    What emerges in Robert Machoian's forcefully directed drama is an altogether more reflective and heartbreaking portrait of the vicissitudes of marriage.
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    Christopher MachellCineVue
    In his fourth feature, The Killing of Two Lovers, Machoian has crafted an intense, moving and bleak portrait of a disintegrating marriage and fractured masculinity.
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