The Caveman's Valentine

Released 2001


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The Caveman's Valentine

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Kasi Lemmons
The Caveman's Valentine is a 2001 crime drama directed by Kasi Lemmons. Romulus (Samuel L. Jackson) was once a rising star in the world of music. He had a prodigious talent as a composer, but then schizophrenia took hold of Romulus's mind and slowly drove him away from normal, functional life. Now Romulus lives a strange existence in New York's Central Park, dwelling in a cave and avoiding human interaction. He watches a disconnected television set that he believes transmits all the lies and deceptions of the outside world into his cave. One wintry day, Romulus emerges to find something that could change his life forever. A dead body is lodged in a Central Park tree. Spurred on by tips and clues that may or may not have any grounding in reality, Romulus sets out to expose the suspected murderer, David Leppenraup (Colm Feore). If he can prove Leppenraup's guilt and overcome his paranoid delusions to find the truth, Romulus may be able to reenter normal society.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    To watch Samuel L. Jackson in the role is to realize again what a gifted actor he is, how skilled at finding the right way to play a character who, in other hands, might be unplaya...

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Works as everything but a mystery, yet it is intriguing in a number of ways. And the ending is as resolute as you might have hoped for. It lets Romulus and the movie retain their i...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    As impressive as Jackson is and as thought-provoking as director Kasi Lemmons' movie is, it's ultimately satisfying neither as a genre piece nor as an art film.

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Psychological, Crime, Thrillers