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  • Summary: In this delicious tale of deceit and sibling rivalry, two adult brothers, Rudy and Paul, represent failure and success. Younger brother Paul is a successful author who writes Harry Potter-like fantasy novels for children, while Rudy, Paul’s childhood collaborator on the stories, moves from job to job, unable
    to get started on his own novel – the long-gestating “Lovers of Hate.” The one thing they do have in common is their love for Diana, Rudy’s soon-to-be ex-wife. When opportunistic Paul whisks Diana away to a romantic mountain retreat (in Park City, Utah, incidentally), the lovers have no idea that Rudy has made it there first. From the shadows of the posh chalet, Rudy tries desperately to sabotage their relationship in director Bryan Poyser’s brilliantly executed game of cat and mouse. A testament to three star-making performances and a tightly constructed script, LOVERS OF HATE delicately balances humor and despair while pushing characters to painful and hilarious extremes. There are no clear winners in this savage comedy about curdled love, but it is one enjoyable ride. (IFC Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 10, 2011
    91
    Never indulging in outright scare tactics or loose improvisation, the movie primarily works like an awkward narrative that plays with perspective.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 10, 2011
    90
    Smartly written and flawlessly acted, Lovers of Hate is a Trojan horse, the kind of movie that begins so self-effacingly that we don't expect any surprises.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 9, 2011
    75
    If you were ever wondering what "Die Hard" would have been like if Neil LaBute directed it as an art film, prepare to enjoy Lovers of Hate.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Feb 9, 2011
    70
    A 2010 Sundance favorite, this inventive (and inventively thrifty) character study from Austin indie stalwart Bryan Poyser never flinches from the intractable sibling resentment at its core.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 9, 2011
    60
    It's a movie that doesn't inspire anything as passionate as love or hate.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 9, 2011
    60
    The movie is witty only on occasion. But it lingers in the mind, thanks largely to its trio of actors -- especially Alex Karpovsky.
  7. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Feb 9, 2011
    50
    Designed to make you laugh and squirm, Lovers of Hate does more of the latter.

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