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Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

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  • Summary: Adam and Eve have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization’s decline, and worries about future survival. Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam’s 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side. As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve’s close friend, Christopher Marlowe, is an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson, a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price. Adam and Eve’s precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava. Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 8, 2014
    100
    If Jim Jarmusch’s languorous, laconic style isn’t your bag, his stone-faced vampire comedy won’t make you a believer. Those who’ve already been bitten, however, will swoon like the film’s toothy leads whenever their lips touch neck juice.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 9, 2014
    90
    Only Lovers Left Alive accomplishes the neat trick of reinventing a moribund genre as a distinctly Jarmuschian hangout movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 24, 2014
    88
    Only Lovers is so fluidly edited and thinly plotted that it feels almost off-hand; yet, it’s also made with great care, beautifully lit and set-designed to an eyelash.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    Disarmingly direct and charmingly directed; it’s a bona fide love story, if an exhausted and occasionally thin one.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    For those who puzzled over the "Twilight" hoopla here are Adam and Eve, the artiest, most sophisticated pair of vampires to hit screens in a long time.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 18, 2014
    25
    Only Lovers Left Alive is simply dead, an exercise in style, bland humor and vague gesture that yet seems to have been made in the naive expectation of a conventional response - that is, of an audience's actually caring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 14, 2014
    10
    Only Lovers Left Alive is probably the first realistic movie about vampires, creatures that can live for hundreds of years and drink human blood (rhesus negative preferably). They are smart, talented, they know a lot, they admire science, they have a sense of class, but they have their own problems specific to their lifestyle and needs. Both the choice of actors and the way they act are amazing, especially Tilda Swinton, who is a natural "born to be a vampire". The movie brings a very deep atmosphere with both music and decorations. The movie also addresses certain social issues such as the issue of "zombies" or I would say morons in the world around us and the limitedness of our natural resources. The appearance of the vampire sister of the main protagonist somewhat mocks all those other vampire movies by showing us a comparison between the really profound and realistic vampires presented by Jarmusch and their somewhat boring and mentally limited classic counterparts from movies like the Twilight. 10 out of 10. Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2014
    10
    Only Lovers Left Alive is not a horror nor a thriller, it a wicked take on the vampire genre. It is melancholic, dreary and gothic, so obviously it is not for everyone. However, the film is beautifully shot, with an outstanding soundtrack and wonderful performances from all the actors. Only Lovers Left Alive is one of the best films of the year. It is a must see! Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2014
    10
    Yes, Only Lovers Left Alive is another vampire movie. Yes, the characters are very pale and old and romantic. Yes, it is very much full of clichés and stereotypes. However, it is also wickedly smart, beautifully shot, filled to the brim with talent and full of cultural witticisms. This is a movie for film lovers and pop culture enthusiasts. It is a vampire film that takes advantage of its time span; cultural references dating back hundreds of years can be found at every corner. Only Lovers Left Alive does not focus on blood and gore, it is not a thriller nor a horror, it doesn't even truly focus on the world of vampires. Instead, Jarmusch studies the eternal, he explores the quiet, perhaps boring, every day life of a modern, intelligent and ancient being who has, quite literally, seen it all. Expand
  4. May 15, 2014
    8
    A very powerful romance story about two immortal lovers who's intellect, art and love for simple everyday small things helps you grasp boring one-way life, until they taste the forbidden fruit and restart everything. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2014
    7
    A simple premise is backed up by a unique interpretation of modern day vampires. The playful screenplay includes dialogue which is often witty or droll and has amusing things to say about the human condition and celebrity. On both these topics it hits more than a few bulls eyes. With their other worldly features both Tom Hiddlestone and Tilda Swinton certainly have the right look and they deliver rich characterisations as the vampire lovers living in seperate dwellings in different countries. Jim Jarmusch's best film to date (I generally dislike his work) is certainly a different take on a tired genre and he allows proceedings to generate charm at a leisurely pace. The production design and music capture the dark milieu creating bags of atmosphere, and the ending is sublime. Be sure to invite this amusingly off beat tale into your life. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2014
    7
    Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play centuries-old vampires in this arty muse on the genre. Don't expect any of the horror or bloody tropes, these are accomplished intellectuals who get their blood from antiseptic sources. Guess I should mention that it was written/directed by Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog, Mystery Train, Down by Law) who brings his low-key, off-kilter skills to the film. It's attractively shot, a somewhat fascinating approach and features Swinton, who's always wonderful. On the other hand, it moves at a snails pace and spends a lot of time in anemic ruminations. Unique but tedious. Expand
  7. Jun 30, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Furst of all, Tilda Swinton is 53, Tom Hiddleston is 33. The age difference is 20 years. There is no chemistry between them and Tilda is too old for Tom. Adam and Eve?! Come on! This is stupid. Soundtrack is good. I give one score to that. Eva is a really stupid character with a vague background story. To me Kit was just a drug dealer that reminded me of the dragon in Adventures of Merlin, nothing more. I really wonder why these troll reviewers gave this film such high scores. The ending was also meaningless. The dialogs lacked wit and intelligence. Chracters were boring and unlikable. The story falls flat and the ending is stupid. The way they attack that couple and show fangs is really cheesy and cheap. Adam is an annoying character. The two vampires are supposedly wise because of the old age and immortality but they just look like two stoners looking for drugs. They are everything but wise. This could be a 15 minute shorf film, and turn out ok but for a long feature film it was a drag and the most idiotic vampire movie. Twilight is awful and this movie makes that stand out. A piece of advice: don't bother watching this movie. Expand

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