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Loving Reviews

July 31, 2017
The film shines a light on how far the U.S. has come in its views of equality, but also how far it has still to go. A true story that is still very relevant, Loving is understated, compelling and deeply affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2017
This could be the synopsis of a mediocre "inspirational" telemovie, but Nichols is a very deliberate artist, and Loving is as carefully made as anything he has done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 22, 2017
It's a touching and honest film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2017
What is radical about Nichols's film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention but on the Lovings themselves.
February 2, 2017
If Jeff Nichols' Loving were any more piously dull it could bore for the Olympics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2017
Loving is a quiet film but a powerful and uplifting one -- an intimate domestic drama in which the protagonists themselves hardly seem to notice their own historical roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2016
Nichols is one of today's finest rural storytellers, and he never wavers in his approach, going small where others would go grandiose. "Loving" is an exercise in restraint befitting the quiet couple at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 17, 2016
A beautiful film about daring to love, without fear or compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2016
Watch how Edgerton's Joel, a stoic man of few words, puts an arm around Mildred without seeming to think about it, naturally wanting her near; watch how Negga lets her performance speak through her expressive eyes, always looking for Richard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2016
A resplendent and remarkably subtle, yet deeply affecting, drama about the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2016
Effectively acted and occasionally moving, the film both benefits from and is undermined by writer/director Jeff Nichols' no-frills approach to the circumstances leading up to the court case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2016
Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Mud; Take Shelter) has recreated the world lived in by Richard and Mildred Loving for a new feature film made with authenticity and laudable restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 11, 2016
A pair of solemn, unostentatious performances by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton help to raise the bar just slightly higher than the one set by a benignly routine Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 11, 2016
Negga and Edgerton make these noble people three-dimensional, turning a docile, unambitious couple with neither the self-knowledge nor the words to launch a social revolution into unlikely protagonists in the civil-rights movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2016
The cinematography, the set design, the costumes, the overall feel of Loving: all first-rate. Negga and Edgerton are undeniably good. I was impressed. I just wish I'd been more deeply moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2016
Writer/director Jeff Nichols serves history faithfully, if at times with too much deference, in a handsomely mounted dramatic recalling of a landmark U.S. legal battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2016
I like this movie a lot, but it may be too intimate, too slow for some moviegoers. The approach feels organic and wholly intentional, though ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2016
Intimate, moving and superbly underplayed, "Loving" is every bit as soft-spoken and subtly implacable as its protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 10, 2016
This is a drama, but it's also a horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2016
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional.
November 10, 2016
Despite the confrontational nature of the subject matter, Loving is not a loud movie. It's a dramatic whisper instead of a shout.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2016
The fine, quiet, carefully modulated ... "Loving" from writer-director Jeff Nichols is the opposite of a rabble-rouser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2016
It doesn't grab you by the shirt and insist that you watch it. It's quieter and more like life, not exactly triumphant and definitely not sad, just complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2016
The performances are very fine. Watching Negga, I was afraid to blink - I wanted to see everything that passed between Mildred and Richard, no matter how fleeting.
November 6, 2016
For all of its subtlety and restraint, "Loving" washes over you, seeps into your blood stream and remains there long after the film is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2016
The power of the film's final act, where the Lovings finally have created a safe place for themselves and their children, cannot be exaggerated, so Nichols doesn't exaggerate.
Top Critic
November 4, 2016
Negga... gives an Oscar-worthy performance. She's so still and powerful, she gives the film a depth the script doesn't earn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2016
Nichols and his team have made Loving as accurate as they could without making it feel like a copy of reality or compromising its considerable emotional impact.
November 4, 2016
It's a goodness that at least rings true with the Lovings themselves, whose devotion to each other under such an onslaught is convincingly steely. This is due in large part to Negga's performance, which gives Mildred's reticence a righteous core.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2016
Edgerton is likely to get more attention, though it is Negga's incredible performance that makes the film so powerfully subtle.
November 3, 2016
The stabbing simplicity of Negga's acting is breathtaking. Jeff Nichols has given us a quietly devastating film that resonates for the here and now and marches to the cadences of history and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2016
Mr. Nichols's most distinct aesthetic choice is the movie's quietness and the hush that envelops its first scene and that eventually defines the Lovings as much as their accents, gestures, manners and battles.
November 3, 2016
Loving honors its subject, its audience and the movie medium.
November 3, 2016
A few fireworks wouldn't have undone the movie's quiet humanity.
Top Critic
November 3, 2016
Loving is modest, quiet, and deep. Like all Nichols' work with his long-time cinematographer, Adam Stone, the film highlights the lush beauty of the rural American South.
November 3, 2016
One thing that Loving gets right in a way that few civil rights dramas do: It insists on racial discrimination as a systemic problem, not merely an interpersonal one.
November 3, 2016
Nichols' marriage-equality drama is beautifully observed and quietly restrained. Maybe a bit too restrained.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
November 3, 2016
Nichols doesn't much embellish this true story, instead simply observing two lovers standing their ground on what will slowly become the right side of history.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 2, 2016
The force of Nichols' film is a steadily accumulating one. The Lovings, played with exquisite quietude by Negga and Edgerton, are steadfast and pure.
November 2, 2016
The real artistry of Loving ... is in the quiet grace Negga and Edgerton bring to one of recent history's most important romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2016
You can't put the heart in prison. "Loving" is about a time they tried.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2016
Just as she holds the family together, so Negga possesses the film, and you can't stop looking at her eyes.
September 9, 2016
Nichols' approach is careful, reserved and deeply considerate of the human story he's trying to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2016
It's a well-crafted historical drama that pays minute attention to recreating the period and the couple's personal history, with much dialogue and legal particulars based on documented fact.
May 22, 2016
Nichols tells this shocking story straight, slowly, spaciously, beautifully, with the calm integrity with which he approaches all his film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2016
It doesn't trumpet its importance obnoxiously, and it's packed with performances of quiet power, with Negga as the breakout.
May 20, 2016
Loving just asks, over and over, "Isn't it wrong that two people who love each other this much are being persecuted for no reason?" Indeed it is, but I knew that before the movie started and had been hoping, quixotically, for something more.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 20, 2016
A sensible, compassionate but nigglingly uncomplicated drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 19, 2016
If Loving can be accused of being too muted, its central performances speak volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2016
Ruth Negga slips into gentle Southern mode to play Mildred, opposite a bullock-like, stubborn Joel Edgerton as Richard in this film by Jeff Nichols.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2016
Nichols ... tells the Lovings' story in a way that feels immediate and modern, and not just like a history lesson.
May 17, 2016
Nichols stays true to his sensibility, avoiding the melodrama or the back-patting triumphalism you expect from such movies. Loving downplays the historical significance of its subject in favor of a quiet humanity.
May 17, 2016
The film's determination not to overcook any single scene means the tears it eventually draws feel honestly come by - and the wind-rustled beauty of Adam Stone's cinematography make us realise this world shouldn't be simply written off as a bad job.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2016
A socially conscious drama that admirably underplays its importance.
May 16, 2016
It is an important subject and a valuable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2016
Powerful, understated performances from Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga carry director Jeff Nichols' oh-so-sensitive portrait of a mixed-race marriage forbidden in 1958 Virginia.