The Face of Love

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  • Summary: Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. AndFive years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family, but it isn't a question of if the truth will come out, but when. [IFC Films] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie S. Rich
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    It’s still worthwhile to see such seasoned screen professionals working to create something meaningful.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 4, 2014
    70
    This tale of a still-grieving widow (Bening) hypnotized by a dead ringer for her late husband verges on ludicrous, but ultimately succeeds at conveying one person’s complicated yet emotionally rational response to a highly irrational situation.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 13, 2014
    63
    Thoughtfully directed and co-written by Arie Posin, the film is not a ghost story, nor is it played for campy laughs, but its melodramatic subject matter flirts with Douglas Sirk territory — and sometimes just dives right into it.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 6, 2014
    50
    Arie Posin regrettably sticks to the tastefully designed, artless tear-jerker. The lost opportunity is that he's got the masterful Bening and Harris to play with, great enough actors to turn any interaction — however tritely written — into an intimate, emotionally honest dance of the scarred and delicate.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    John Lennon once said that because he was an artist, if you gave him a tuba, he could get something out of it. The Face of Love presents us with Annette Bening and Ed Harris playing the tuba. They get something out of it - they get everything there is to get and more - but it's not enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Mar 7, 2014
    50
    If Nancy Meyers ever decided to dabble in gothic romance, it probably would turn out to be something like The Face of Love.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 27, 2014
    37
    Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 29, 2014
    10
    wow this movie was creepy and a strange its a new kind of love but it was psychological love but i find this movie also Ed Harris performancewow this movie was creepy and a strange its a new kind of love but it was psychological love but i find this movie also Ed Harris performance and Bening's performance as this sad lonely desperate women. co-writer , director Arie Posin creates characters that are defining a dramatic love able cast. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    8
    This movie is worth seeing because of the tour-de-force performance by Annette Bening. You will forgive the hard-to-believe premise and justThis movie is worth seeing because of the tour-de-force performance by Annette Bening. You will forgive the hard-to-believe premise and just soak up the authenticity of this complex real character brought to life with such depth and complexity. Ms. Bening is truly one of the greatest living actors of our time. It's also refreshing to see a movie about actual grown-ups, without CG, explosions or bodily function jokes.
    More, please!
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  3. Nov 17, 2015
    7
    Any film which takes an ordinary part of life and twists it into something unusual and fascinating is worth noting. THE FACE OF LOVE does justAny film which takes an ordinary part of life and twists it into something unusual and fascinating is worth noting. THE FACE OF LOVE does just that - with intriguing and thoughtful direction from Arie Posin, Annette Bening soars as a grief-stricken widow in love. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2014
    5
    This is a Lifetime Movie of the Week with an A-list cast. Annette Bening meets a man (Ed Harris) who looks just like her dead husband (alsoThis is a Lifetime Movie of the Week with an A-list cast. Annette Bening meets a man (Ed Harris) who looks just like her dead husband (also played by Harris). Nothing that happens next is in any way original. She's too glum for too long and he's too perfect, patient and understanding. While the actors create a compelling couple, the painfully predictable plot, uninspired script and lackluster direction undermine any hope of making this movie special (except maybe a Special Movie Event on cable). Expand

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