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Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.
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Fresh: It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Fresh: Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Fresh: his contains plenty of incidental pleasures, including some vibrant images of contemporary Baltimore and fun character turns from Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Finally! a leading role for Common! Ive been a huge fan for so long, but always complained how he got these small throwaway roles, but not here, hes front and center and in practically every scene, and im glad to say hes up to the task, i hope this is the first of many such roles, also equal praise goes to the little kid, hes great here, never annoying, not dumb, i wish all little kids acted like that, the rest of the cast is just a whos who of good black actors, haysbery, dutton, glover, and all are solid, also cool to see them shoot as much in a city, i love real locations in movies, and people in baltimore got to love how they use it, good stuff
- danielsloyan1, Monday, September 16, 2013
Interesting to see Common doing something a little different but some plot points were just ridiculous, the little kid has potential as an actor though. Overall, not bad.
- fb538065424, Saturday, April 6, 2013
Interesting at times but never fully engaging, Sheldon Candis' tale of family, legacy, and the fantasy of upward mobility is uneven at best. With solid performances from veterans Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, and Michal Kenneth Williams LUV keeps your interest enough to keep you watching its unjustified 95 minute run time. Unfortunately Common isn't charismatic enough as Vincent to make you sympathetic for his cause. The most sympathetic character is Woody, played in a promising turn by Michael Rainey Jr. Ultimately LUV has a bloated script that meanders from a coherent storyline, and doesn't have enough enjoyable characters to keep you interested. Despite having some solid performances and a few good moments, most viewers will not be patient enough to enjoy LUV, and any critical viewer will be cynical about the film's typical ending. LUV has its merits, but not enough to earn any real luv (sorry). For more movie reviews visit: www.reelfive.com
- fb704666045, Monday, April 8, 2013