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2,556 Ratings

Two Lovers

Directed by James Gray
United States, 2008
Drama, Romance


A depressed young man’s life is turned around after he moves back in with his parents and two women enter it – the lovely daughter of a close family friend promising stability or a beautiful volatile neighbor trapped in an affair, but whose ardent desire helps him to find a lost lust for life.

Our take

A careful, sensitive portrait by master director James Gray (We Own the Night, The Yards), Two Lovers, with a complexly woven performance by Joaquin Phoenix and a nuanced story of family and commitment, is one of the great American films of the last decade. With Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw.

Two Lovers Directed by James Gray

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2010 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

Village Voice Film Poll

2009 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

In addition to being a pioneering stylist and overall champion of what is known as “humanist art,” Dostoevsky was a vocal and enthusiastic anti-Semite. Therefore… the movie also attempts to apply Dostoevsky’s artistic practices to a people he disdained. This is interesting not only for combustible questions of stereotype and representation, but for the ways the filmmaker relates to his characters and works to render their internal and external worlds.
November 12, 2015
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Two Lovers has the improvisational intimacy of Cassavetes without the formal chaos. It’s tense, moving, and complex, yet it is also, as Gray puts it, “sedate,” taking in the emotion without boiling over, emerging both minimalist and exuberant in all the right places.
August 16, 2015
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