Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. For a filmmaker who has made his reputation with such crime thrillers as "Little Odessa" and "The Yards," James Gray reveals an unexpected gift for the mysteries of romance.
  2. As in a good European film, shots are allowed to breathe. The focus is on character and human emotion. At the same time, the movie shows an American concern for pace and story development. The result is the best of both worlds.
  3. 88
    The whole movie is so well-cast and performed that we watch it unfolding without any particular awareness of "acting."
  4. 88
    The movie is supremely nonjudgmental and balanced.
  5. James Gray's Two Lovers really is a '70s movie, in the mode of such raw, unfiltered character studies as "The Panic in Needle Park," "Wanda," and "Fat City."
  6. Joaquin Phoenix is as good as he has ever been in James Gray's Two Lovers, a discomfortingly honest drama about the frustrations of love and desire.
  7. 90
    Gray's peculiar accomplishment here is to turn this story into an intense emotional drama, beautifully photographed and profoundly ambiguous, suspended somewhere between realism and psychosexual allegory.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    9
    One of the most beautiful love dramas in the recent years with great performances of an actors playing grown up but emotionally immatureOne of the most beautiful love dramas in the recent years with great performances of an actors playing grown up but emotionally immature characters.some people are dismissing this film by saying that these characters act like teenagers but that's exactly what makes this film stand out,cause people like this do exist. Full Review »
  2. MasterO
    May 4, 2009
    10
    Gorgeous and affecting movie. The only reason I could knock it is because it's tough to believe that two women would fall all over Gorgeous and affecting movie. The only reason I could knock it is because it's tough to believe that two women would fall all over themselves for a thirty-something dry-cleaning heir who lives with his parents-- but I guess that is one of those "he's Juaquin Phoenix, he's hot enough to make it happen" moments. Great movie. Full Review »
  3. RudyM.
    Feb 19, 2009
    10
    Simply wonderful, the best movie of the decade since Lost In Translation.