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Love Is Strange Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Sachs, Molina, and Lithgow have given adult moviegoers a perfect piece of summer counterprogramming — a warm, humane, resplendent romance to savor while our days are still long.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What's on screen, though, is a peculiar clutter of gentle sentiment, awkward dialogue, shaky contrivance — especially the resolution of Joey's feelings — and monotonous performances from a supporting cast that includes Marisa Tomei and Darren Burrows.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Boyd van Hoeij

    This is a sprawling yet intimate narrative, constructed almost entirely of in-between moments rather than the big turning points and tragedies.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Anthony Lane

    Love Is Strange, however, is not about gay marriage. It is about a marriage that happens to be gay. If the film grows slightly boring, even that can be construed as an advance.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Do not expect dynamic filmmaking from Love Is Strange. It's about other things, and Lithgow and Molina are splendid, their eyes full of wisdom and experience.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    Love Is Strange never feels anything less than authentic, like a true story shared by close friends.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Heartfelt drama about love, real estate has some swearing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Love Is Strange is a touching, beautiful -- if sometimes melancholy -- drama about an older gay couple facing new challenges after they get married and one of them subsequently loses his job. Their relationship is inspiring and their friends and relatives are supportive, but younger teens may not be able to wrap their heads around the couple's real-estate woes and how their displacement in turn displaces everyone else and destabilizes them individually. Expect some discrimination toward the central characters, some social drinking, a little smoking, and strong language, including "s--t" and "f--k." Ben and George are affectionate with each other, kissing and embracing.

  • Families can talk about how Love Is Strange portrays prejudice and discrimination. What obstacles do Ben and George face? Why? What are audiences meant to take away from watching how they deal with these challenges?
  • Extended family members play a major role in this film. Do you think their characters -- and their reactions -- are believable/realistic?
  • What's the movie's take on the lack of affordable housing in New York City? How does it reveal these ideas, and what impact does that situation have?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Love matters above all and can see us through many difficulties. Communication is key to a great relationship, and commitment is essential to a long-standing one.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: George and Ben are a loving couple who work as partners to solve their problems, both financial and logistical. Their friends are well-meaning and caring, even if they're not always sensitive to their housing problems and quality-of-life concerns.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A teenager yells at his parents out of frustration.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A married couple kisses and hugs tenderly. Some discussion of past infidelities.

  • language false4

    Language: Everything from "bloody" to "s--t" to "motherf--ker," but use isn't constant.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Fairly frequent brand sightings and label-dropping, including Apple, Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, and Game of Thrones.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking by adults at parties and restaurants. One character smokes.