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Reviews: Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

only_lovers_left_aliveReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Suadente e malinconico, il nuovo film di Jim Jarmush è uno sberleffo alla decadenza occidentale, ambientato tra Tangeri e Detroit, dove vivono i due amanti protagonisti di Only lovers left alive.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: This is his first digital film and, in many ways, it is about the fact that the world will eventually pass you by, no matter how spectacularly cool you are. Still, with its beauty, humor and transfixing mood, Lovers is proof that we’ve still got lifetimes worth of coolness to mine from the films of Jim Jarmusch.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A creative and touching story about a romantic, wise, and witty vampire couple; one of the best films of 2014.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: While it’s not quite a horror movie, Jarmusch has some fun playing in horror’s back yard.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …stunning, funny and perfectly cast, with Hiddleston the embodiment of rock ‘n roll’s death fixations contrasted against Swinton’s sunny adventuress. With their wild pitch black and white blond locks, these two are a thinker’s “Sid and Nancy.”
  • [New – 9/19/14] | Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Only Lovers Left Alive is a stand for the tactile connection, albeit one whose mood is ethereal.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton make for a striking pair. As the principal duo they have sort of an androgynous charisma that almost sells the picture on sheer mood.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: When an artist like Jim Jarmusch tackles a love story between two vampires starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton you know several things from the outset. We’re not going to be seeing anything less than transcendent performances, a philosophical sophistication in the narrative, and ethereal visuals, but I wasn’t expecting how those elements could bring blood sucking immortals back from the day walking, sparkling brink of cinematic extinction.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: I want to live in this movie. I want to crawl inside it and curl up in its lap and stay there forever.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Only Lovers Left Alive certifies that Jarmusch only makes films a certain way that’s wildly different from mainstream expectations, and if one doesn’t mind his low-energy approach, his eleventh film is quite groovy.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • James Marsh @ The Society For Film
    • Excerpt: Jim Jarmusch’s laid-back vampire drama is indelibly, effortlessly cool as it charts the long distance romance (both in time and geography) between two immortal hipsters, struggling to survive in the modern world.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: The film has an infectious love of culture and science and, particularly, music and many of the film’s best scenes are simply moments revelling in these simple pleasures.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: There aren’t any sparkly vampires in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ but there’s plenty of existential dread to go around.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: One to love…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Vampires are Cool Again
  • Michael Pattison @ Tribune
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Being a vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, the director seems to be saying, and if the point was to re-create the utter tedium of immortality for the audience, well, mission accomplished.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: It’s got the spirit of old rock ‘n’ roll mixed with romantic poetry and gothic gloom, powered by Einstein’s theory of spooky action. It should come as no surprise. Jim is a man who made a film with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, after all. He knows for spooky.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Jarmusch has not bothered much with plot, and the movie adopts the careless, meandering pace of a story not moored in time. But with atmosphere enough to sublet to a score of lesser movies, and a wealth of style fashioned out of deep pockets of music, philosophy, aesthetics, and the pitch-perfect performances of his two deathlessly beautiful protagonists, he leaves us with more than enough to sink our teeth into.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: Colorful, arabesque, and throbbing with a melancholy drone, the purpose of the movie is not to tell a story so much as to enfold us inside of these vampires’ immortal languor.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: It’s a pleasure to see Jarmusch unearth the godfather of all musty horror tropes and give it his own contemplative, elliptical spin.
Updated: June 15, 2015 — 1:36 pm

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