The Two Faces of January
The Two Faces of January (2014)

Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Hossein Amini's] polished storytelling carries this along, generally compensating for the mundane visuals and the actors' skilled but unmoored performances.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Everything about The Two Faces of January is right, even as the events it describes - a couple's idyllic Grecian holiday, a charming American's adventures abroad - go terribly wrong.

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John Powers

The movie offers the old-fashioned pleasures of gorgeous location shooting in Greece and Turkey, a deftly unfolding psychological drama, and strikingly sharp performances.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

At a certain point, it's akin to reading a mediocre murder mystery. You finish it because you're too far in to quit, as opposed to actually caring how things wrap up.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie never reaches a boil. Instead, it simmers and simmers until you're suddenly shocked at the hot water you're in.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

The film never rises to the level of brilliant, but it has its brilliant moments. Many brilliant moments. And as a kind of off-kilter character study of three people in way over their collective heads, the story exudes a certain fascination.

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Wesley Morris

What the movie lacks in suspense, it could make up for with erotic tension. That's missing, too.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Things get awfully twisted under that hot Mediterranean sun.

Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald

It's a classy looking movie for sure, and as pleasant a travelogue as Ripley was in its day. But Highsmith's psychological edge is absent for much of this and its shade of noir has suffered a serious bleaching in all that Mediterranean sun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Average. I mainly watched for Kirsten Dunst. *****mild spoiler***** I wasn't too impressed when she exits the film one hour in. Chester and Rydel were not… More
Carlos Magalhăes
Even if not exactly impressive or as tense and gripping as it could have certainly been, this is still a pretty efficient directorial debut for Amini, with a… More
Film Crazy
An average thriller that leaves a dry taste in the mouth!
danny d
an intriguing thriller with excellent performances, photography, and set design. the film is held back from a lack of plot depth and unlikable characters, but… More
Samuel Riley
Tense, moving and fascinating. With both Issac and Dunst giving very strong performances, Mortensen was the true highlight as the husband on the run with his… More
Dann Michalski
An atmospheric noir thriller, The Two Faces of January is full of suspense and mystery. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a married couple travelling… More