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Only Lovers Left Alive (15)

Only Lovers Left Alive (15)

Drama, Horror, Romance

A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.

The critical consensus

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a thoroughly enjoyable return to form.

****(*)Anna Rogers, The List, 14/02/2014

Hiddleston and Swinton are lovely to watch, but they need more to chew on than this.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 16/02/2014

Only Lovers Left Alive occasionally threatens to be a little too cool for its own good, but at least the characters’ undead status makes their name-dropping more interesting than most: “Byron – what a bore.”

****(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 17/02/2014

Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.

****(*)Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 17/02/2014

A loving, very funny valentine to undead pleasures, with Swinton and Hiddleston on top form.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 17/02/2014

The damned have never looked so beautiful.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20/02/2014

Bound to appeal to the more discerning, literary-minded strain of young goth, Only Lovers is a droll, classy piece of cinematic dandyism that makes the Twilight cycle redundant in one exquisitely languid stroke.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 23/02/2014

Interspersed with literary name-dropping, vinyl fetishism and the occasional blood-thirsty feeding frenzy, it all adds up to a droll restatement of intent for Jarmusch, one that’s cool in places, too studied and stilted in others, but hard for fans to argue with.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 22/02/2014

Hiddleston and Swinton excel as the very refined bloodsuckers, conveying a sense of world-weariness and disillusionment about the behaviour of the "zombie" humans without ever becoming remotely wearisome themselves.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 20/02/2014

Hilarious, bittersweet, nostalgic and philosophical. One of this amazing director’s finest achievements.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 20/02/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday March 7, 2014, until Thursday March 13, 2014. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday March 7, 2014, until Thursday March 13, 2014. More info:

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