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  • Summary: Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve, and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stayBen (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve, and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stay with friends while they sell their apartment and look for cheaper housing. George crashes with two gay police officers, while Ben, who's a painter, bunks with his nephew's family in Brooklyn—a temporary situation that weighs heavily on all involved. [Sony Pictures Classics] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 22, 2014
    100
    You need to give Love Is Strange your eyes and ears and attention, let it work its effects on you gradually, like the lovely Chopin piano music that forms the spine of its soundtrack.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Aug 13, 2014
    100
    Sachs, Molina, and Lithgow have given adult moviegoers a perfect piece of summer counterprogramming — a warm, humane, resplendent romance to savor while our days are still long.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 27, 2014
    90
    Love Is Strange never feels anything less than authentic, like a true story shared by close friends.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 19, 2014
    80
    Neither Molina nor Lithgow are stranger to big performances, but here, they offer studies in restraint, underplaying dramatic moments in ways that make them all the more powerful.
  5. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Feb 2, 2015
    80
    Elevated from nice to beautifully memorable by wonderful performances and thoughtful direction of perfect small moments.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 4, 2014
    75
    Sometimes, love can feel like hate or annoyance — it is, as the title states, strange. But sometimes, more often than not, it can be a wonderful thing.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 3, 2014
    40
    Love is Strange doesn't really have any sort of sense of urgency about it. To the contrary, it feels rather mundane, as their problems -- while both unfortunate and unfair -- feel relatively small when put in perspective.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Jan 18, 2015
    10
    Que bonita película se ha estrellado en mi pieza esta noche. "Love is Strange" (2014) resultó ser una delicada y poética manera de mostrar elQue bonita película se ha estrellado en mi pieza esta noche. "Love is Strange" (2014) resultó ser una delicada y poética manera de mostrar el amor entre dos viejos amigos que buscan nada más que permanecer día a día junto al otro... enfatizando con ternura los momentos en los cuales, por circunstancias varias, se han tenido que separar momentáneamente. De lo mejor del 2014... :) Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    9
    Perhaps one of the most honest and true love stories ever brought to the screen. With Ira Sachs' direction, this film soars through life'sPerhaps one of the most honest and true love stories ever brought to the screen. With Ira Sachs' direction, this film soars through life's challenges and are upheld with truly wonderful performances from its cast. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    8
    Slow-moving and uneventful, Love is Strange still manages to be a tender, heartfelt slice of life masterpiece with incredible performances andSlow-moving and uneventful, Love is Strange still manages to be a tender, heartfelt slice of life masterpiece with incredible performances and true love that will make you think about your own relationships. Expand
  4. May 21, 2015
    8
    This Ira Sachs’ follow-up of his strained relationship chronicle KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (2012) revolves around a senior gay couple in Manhattan,This Ira Sachs’ follow-up of his strained relationship chronicle KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (2012) revolves around a senior gay couple in Manhattan, New York, Ben (Lithgow), an obscure painter and George (Molina), a music teacher in a Catholic school, after gay-marriage has been legalised, they finally tie the knot after 39 years together, their love has been blessed by friends and family, but the segueing repercussions cost George his post due to the obvious prejudice among those religious conservatives, and the unforeseen financial plight forces them to sell the apartment and live with their relatives and friends, yet as none of them have extra rooms for both, so they have to spend the transitional time separately.
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  5. Sep 21, 2014
    7
    A very good movie that could have been excellent. It is a love story of two gay partners of nearly 40 years living in New York. After they getA very good movie that could have been excellent. It is a love story of two gay partners of nearly 40 years living in New York. After they get married, one of them who works as a music teacher in a Catholic church, gets fired once his marriage becomes public. They are forced to move out and, while looking for new living arrangements, they live separately with their relatives. The movie is sincere and sensitive, acting is top-notch. The script could have been better. While most of the movie look authentic and true, some episodes are not realistic. Nevertheless we might see this film in the Oscar list, at least in a few categories. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2014
    7
    "Love is Strange" stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei in this story of a marriage of two men who have lived together for 39"Love is Strange" stars John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei in this story of a marriage of two men who have lived together for 39 years and, under the newly enacted New York law, are able to formally solidify their relationship in a more traditional manner. The problems the two encounter could befall any married couple so this is really not a gay movie but the story of a married couple who happen by chance to be gay. It is also the story of true love and the caring and affection that only beautful relationships can bring about. Unfortunately, this lovely and sensitive story, told in a better way, would have made a better film. One can only blame the writers, Ira Sachs (who is also the director) and Mauricio Zacharias and/or the editor for preventing this movie from realizing its potential. The continuity and ease of understanding are significantly absent from the film so that the viewer must assume and imagine that which could easily have been shown in an added scene or two. This is even more disturbing when you have such fine performances given by Messrs. Molina and Lithgow and Ms. Tomei all of whom are exemplary in the roles they play. I give the film a 7 simply because too many questions are posed for the viewer to try to answer and too many inconsistencies exist for the viewer to follow. Had these writing/editing problems been solved, the film would indeed be worthy of a much higher rating. Expand
  7. Jan 27, 2015
    2
    Manufactured in some bizarre parallel universe where movie chiches are real, LOVE IS STRANGE does not possess even one genuine moment orManufactured in some bizarre parallel universe where movie chiches are real, LOVE IS STRANGE does not possess even one genuine moment or thought. I put off seeing it because I expected it to be trite but now after finally seeing LOVE IS STRANGE, I am genuinely appalled. Even a wonderful actress like Marisa Tomei who can be so genuine comes across as some second universe New Yorker who has never even seen the real world, let alone lived in it. Expand

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