Love Liza

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Released 2002

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Director:
Todd Louiso
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Punch-Drunk Love, Almost Famous) and Academy Award(r)-winner Kathy Bates (1990 Best Actress, Misery; About Schmidt) star in a heartbreaking and surprisingly funny drama about love, grief and starting over. Successful Web designer Wilson Joel's (Hoffman) life spirals out of control after the sudden devastating event of his wife's suicide. Unable to read the goodbye note she left for him, Wilson forges new, unpredictable relationships with friends, co-workers and his stunnedmother-in-law (Bates). But the bond he creates with a dangerous drug could take what's left of his blown-apart life and extinguish it completely.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    "Dark and demanding" doesn't begin to describe this devastating film -- It is not too much to say that without its splendid use of music Love Liza might not be bearable.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Todd Louiso's directorial debut emerges at once as compelling and as a bit of a specimen due to the entirely singular nature of the protagonist's behavior.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The movie is so small and emotionally constricted that it gives Hoffman too little room to explore his range.

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