Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.
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Rotten: Despite Hoffman's best efforts, Wilson remains a silent, lumpish cipher; his encounters reveal nothing about who he is or who he was before.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, February 7, 2003
Rotten: Largely this sad story is handled with a morbidity and monotony that go nowhere -- certainly not toward understanding.
- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 7, 2003
Rotten: A showcase for an actor's actor rather than as a drama that engages our hearts.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, February 27, 2003
One man's strange and unlikely odyssey following the suicide of his wife. Philip Seymour Hoffman is simply amazing in the lead role. A beautiful visual style and wonderful off-kilter storytelling elevate this film above the usual cliched, formulaic hollywood tear-jerkers. What we are left with is a very real portrait of depression, coping with loss, and how close one may come to "closure".
- jefffyke, Wednesday, August 25, 2010
As illustrious as Philip Seymour Hoffman's career has become, Love Liza perhaps offers a hidden gem in his laudable career. In it he plays a distraught widower, whose wife killed herself for seemingly unknown reasons. This propels him on a strange journey involving gasoline and remote controlled airplanes. It's an undeniably indie film, unconventional in many respects, and effective on an emotional level. Its narrative arc, however, leaves something to be desired. Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance is certainly the most notable aspect of the film, making it worth watching for its shear depth and power alone. He embodies the manic personality perfectly, sometimes deliriously upbeat, other times helplessly distraught and confused. This is what the film gets right, a loss such as what Hoffman's character experienced is not easily gotten over, and does not offer happy endings or easy answers. Life can be confusing, inexplicable, and harsh, Love Liza captures this with a mature sense surpassing many similarly themed films. The problem with Love Liza, however, is that its script, smart in its characterizations, doesn't pay off in a narrative sense. The relationship between Hoffman and his wife is never fully explored, with no sense of resolution to be had, which can work, but only if we can more aptly identify with the dynamics at work. The film offers interesting characters, but raises more questions than it answers, leaving the film in a bit of a meandering spot. An overall effective drama, notable for its strong central performance. 3.5/5 Stars
- fb704730572, Saturday, September 14, 2013
Powerfully depressing movie about a man's life beginning to fall apart after his wife's suicide. Very poignant, very awkward. I think people (or at least I) can connect very strongly with PSH's acting, because he plays such a normal dude reacting to emotional situations. I recommend this for the emotion and the acting, but maybe not if you really can't do depressing movies, because this one is up there.
- entirelytoomuch, Saturday, December 4, 2010