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The Lovers

  • Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts
  • Director: Azazel Jacobs
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 94 min.

The Lovers is a refreshingly funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage. [A24]

"Its emotional reserves are deeper and more capacious, its sense of mystery more profound, than in just about any American movie of any scale I’ve seen in recent memory. "
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"The characters in The Lovers and the problems they face and struggle with feel entirely authentic, as does the magnetic chemistry between the leads. "
- Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"This film is a real pleasure and surprise because it sees old emotions as things that can be replenished and renewed if you are open and not too rigid about the boundaries of your relationships with others. "
- Dan Callahan, TheWrap
"An unpredictably funny showcase for two very deserving actors."
- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Writer-director Azazel Jacobs finds buoyant comedy and touching gravity in the ashes of a relationship. Above all, give yourself over Winger and Letts-they are perfection."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Much of what makes The Lovers so compelling is the way it observes the differences between Mary and Michael, two people who are escaping the same marriage in the same way for different reasons."
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"Is romantic comedy dead? Not as long as the genre can accommodate a film as uniquely wonderful as "The Lovers." "
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Just about every step of the way, the dialogue crackles and the performances are electric."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Letts has some fine moments, but it's Winger who really brings the color to this movie, creating a woman filled with disappointment and passion and wit, taking a small-scale comedy of manners to a darker, richer place."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times