|Universal Focus | Release Date: March 2, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Holds less water as a mystery because its plot holes - and choppy pacing - make it seem as disconnected from reality as its hero. But Jackson is so frighteningly effective, and affecting, as Romulus that you're sucked in anyway.
So suggestively atmospheric is Amelia Vincent's cinematography and Robin Standefer's art direction that mood -- and of course Jackson's performance -- sustains the movie.
The movie loses its magic by the time the solution is revealed.
From the start, this movie sets the bar high -- then, unfortunately, runs smack into it.
Dramatically speaking, The Caveman's Valentine is a dead end.
An unsteady and uneven film, which bangs up against its ambitions gracelessly and distractingly.
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.
Despite Jackson's typically bravura turn, this Valentine massacre marks a step backward for the gifted director of Eve's Bayou.
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