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  • Summary: A showpiece of comic and human desperation, a wonderfully inspired tale of a survivor and the possibilities and impossibilities for resolution. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Hoffman's acting is poignant and compassionate, etching a profoundly sad character with no trace of compromise, and Bates gives one of her most controlled performances ever.
  2. Me, I’ve now seen the movie three times and I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. It comes the closest to any movie experience I’ve had in re-creating the aftermath of unexplained suicide. Sometimes there just aren’t any answers.
  3. A downbeat but oddly affectionate tale.
  4. It's a great performance that's a horror to watch. Of all the bleak year-end movies, Love Liza is the bleakest; of all the sad characters you've seen lately, Hoffman's Wilson Joel is the saddest. And he goes home with you.
  5. 50
    The misery is there, all right, in every woozy, spaced-out shot of Hoffman clutching his gas-soaked rag. But in the end, do we really care?
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Does have the enclosed, slightly overheated feel of a family theatrical.
  7. What should have been an idiosyncratic 20-minute short is distended by repetition and loads of standard indie-film time-killers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5

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