The Caveman's Valentine

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

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  • Summary: In this penetrating and touching neo-Gothic thriller, Samuel L. Jackson delivers a powerful performance as Romulus Ledbetter, a man caught on the sharp edge between genius and madness. (Universal Focus)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. 80
    An intriguing, visually startling murder mystery that showcases the virtuosity of Samuel L. Jackson.
  2. 75
    To watch Samuel L. Jackson in the role is to realize again what a gifted actor he is, how skilled at finding the right way to play a character who, in other hands, might be unplayable.
  3. Never quite shakes itself free of the tired cliche that street people are quirky, sometimes cute, and somehow privy to a spiritual purity lost to us social folk.
  4. More psychological realism and less showy cinema would have made this offbeat melodrama more memorable.
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Calling a cave of rocks home while spouting invective worthy of the Juilliard attendee he once was, homeless-by-choice Samuel L. Jackson worms his way into one of the least compelling mysteries in years.
  7. 10
    Valentine isn't exploitative or trendy in the manner of so many indie films. Rather, it seems like the kind of art film that might have been dreamed up by a feverish high schooler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 6, 2012
    A Neo Gothic Thriller
    Not Much Of One

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