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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  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: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 19, 2014
    100
    Sachs and his performers know that the perfect marriage is a thing of phantom beauty — it doesn't exist, yet we persist in believing that someone out there must have it.
  3. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 20, 2014
    91
    Calling Love Is Strange a great gay love story is both precise and inaccurate; I doubt I’ll see a more finely performed and beautifully crafted love story, with or without any mere modifiers, up on the big screen this year.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 20, 2014
    83
    Setting several scenes to the famously poignant plinks of pianist Frédéric Chopin, Love Is Strange never achieves the sheer emotional resonance of "Make Way For Tomorrow"; it’s gently affecting, not deeply heartbreaking — in part because Sachs builds to a less devastating punctuation than McCarey did.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 21, 2014
    80
    After a summer of robots, mutants and explosions, the beautifully honest, grownup Love is Strange is a treat.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathalie Atkinson
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    Throughout, Sachs is quietly observational – the film’s emotional power coming from its rich but unshowy performances.
  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: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  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 2, 2014
    8
    Love is Strange is made in the style of a Woody Allen drama, but not as strong as Woody's best work. Lithgow and Molina are wonderful as theLove is Strange is made in the style of a Woody Allen drama, but not as strong as Woody's best work. Lithgow and Molina are wonderful as the two geriatric gay men who have lived together nearly 40 years, only to have to separate temporarily when one of them loses their job. They each move in with a different family member, and each one has different problems with their new living arrangements. Some of the camera shots seemed exceedingly long to me, and some of the characters and storyline felt underdeveloped, but I still enjoyed the film overall. Not a film I would want to see again, as the various family members were very annoying. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2015
    8
    A character driven story about love's strength through good and bad. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are great as always and they make youA character driven story about love's strength through good and bad. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are great as always and they make you feel their pain when they're separated. I highly recommend everyone gives this film a shot. A- Expand
  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. Sep 24, 2014
    6
    John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a New York couple who've been together 39 years. When they finally get married, one of them loses his jobJohn Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a New York couple who've been together 39 years. When they finally get married, one of them loses his job at a Catholic school and they're forced to temporarily separate and live with friends or family. The movie sensitively explores the challenges that they and their hosts face. There is conflict and drama, but a surprising amount of objective, somewhat tedious observation. The unexpected breaks in the storyline undermine the narrative momentum. The actors all do a fine, understated job, but the emotional core is missing. 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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