Two Lovers
Two Lovers (2008)

A depressed young man moves back in with his parents and finds his life turned upside down as he struggles to choose between the beautiful daughter of a close family friend and the scintillating but volatile next-door neighbor whose passion… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Two Lovers is a complex, intriguing, richly-acted romantic drama

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Phoenix plays that schism -- the damaged soul in a hunky body -- to perfection, so well that we overlook the logical chasm at the centre of the tale.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If Two Lovers winds up being Phoenix's last movie, at least it offers posterity incontrovertible proof that, once, he was a contender.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

What made the filmmakers come up with such a 1959 scenario? Better yet, how did they make this hoary plot so damned entertaining? Must be movie magic.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Gray guides his strong cast to a resolution that is both surprising and entirely realistic.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

What elevates Two Lovers beyond the mundane is the strength of the performances.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

Please, don't be fooled by this. It's all showboating scenes, pretentious ideals and NO realism whatsoever.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Gray's direction lovingly toys with images of containment and release, effectively playing out the drama in visual terms - but we never really feel it.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Phoenix's performance overwhelms the slight story.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I can't stop thinking about Leonard, how I want him to be free, living an authentic life ... but also to to remain under supervision so he won't mess himself up. Phoenix is brilliant here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A profoundly involving romantic drama that benefits from a sophisticated direction and great performances from its cast - mainly Joaquin Phoenix, who is… More
Dean McKenna
Joaquin Phoenix's performance is superb in this drama film. There is something profoundly moving and profoundly truthful here and I'm sure it has to… More
Jennifer Xu
A very schizophrenic movie. As in, I loved the parts with Gwyneth Paltrow, hated the parts with that other chick.
Bruce Bruce
Outstanding Movie, Joaquin Phoenix plays part of a Bachelor who is recovering from a suicide attempt after his fiancée ran off before his wedding, so he lives… More
paul sandberg
examines what love is, or more precisely, what we THINK love is. Two Lovers features Juaquin Phoenix as a damaged soul (now there's a stretch, based on… More
Dan Schultz
An involving, touching romantic drama that effectively captures the pain, guilt, and sorrow some people hold in their past and how it affects their present-day… More

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