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Keep the Lights On

(2011)
Not Rated In Theaters 09/7/2012 , 101min.
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Viewer Score
84%
Viewer score based on 15 ratings
79%
Critic score based on 26 reviews

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June 03, 2013
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oh look! another homoerotic movie, yay.....
October 07, 2012
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The word is out!! Go See it.

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The Hollywood Reporter
A stiff central performance diminishes its emotional impact, but the visually alluring film's sensuality and tenderness give it a lingering spell. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Its subject is not addiction or ambition, or even love in a conventional romantic sense, but rather the more elusive and intriguing matter of intimacy: how it grows, falters and endures over time. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Not only does this film gloriously fulfill the potential that Ira Sachs has tantalized movie-lovers with for years, it also help explains what took him so long. Out of lost love comes a terrific work of art; it's the oldest story in the world, but it always feels new when it's done right. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Never lets viewers fully inside Erik and Paul's world, a reticence that isn't helped by the actors' fey, restrained-to-a-fault performances. That and a frustratingly episodic structure make what might have been a raw and inspiring portrait of commitment and boundaries a surprisingly uninvolving, arms-length enterprise. Keep the Lights On lets go just when it should be holding you tighter. Full Review
Bob Mondello
NPR
The film, though, is as sure-footed as their partnership is not - a nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil, persuasively acted, richly sensual one moment, wrenching the next, and unlike so many films centering on gay characters, not particularly concerned with things like coming out or HIV. Full Review

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