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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. 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  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: Sherilyn Connelly
    Mar 4, 2014
    70
    Bening and Harris have excellent chemistry.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 20, 2014
    63
    The result isn’t a great movie, but it is an excellent guilty pleasure.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 6, 2014
    50
    That Mr. Posin and Mr. McDuffie have stacked the deck against Nikki would be more irritating if Ms. Bening didn’t immediately make this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur or cliché.
  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: Claudia Puig
    Mar 7, 2014
    50
    It's a maudlin, superficial exercise in obsession masquerading as a heartfelt romance and study of grief, and character development is sorely lacking.
  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: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 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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  2. 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 (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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