The Loving Story

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 14, 2012
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 15, 2012
    100
    One of the many virtues of Buirski's film is that it doesn't hit viewers over the head with the parallel between the Lovings' case and the debate over same-sex marriage. The parallel is simply there, to be identified and considered by the viewer.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 17, 2012
    80
    The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.
  3. Reviewed by: David Knowles
    Feb 15, 2012
    80
    In all, The Loving Story is a perfect time capsule that illuminates the racist past of our country with a uniquely personal and poignant emphasis.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 15, 2012
    80
    A low-key but moving documentary about these two low-key people and their moving struggle.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Director Nancy Buirski's engaging HBO documentary (a Valentine's Day treat, airing Tuesday night), rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 15, 2012
    80
    It's the Lovings, not Loving v. Virginia, that hold our attention. Their reticence, even under such close camera scrutiny, is intriguing and even charming.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 15, 2012
    67
    Even at approximately 80 minutes, director/producer Nancy Buirski's work could be tighter, but it's hard to imagine a more appropriate documentary for Valentine's Day.

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