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The Lovers

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Azazel Jacobs

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About the Movie

The Lovers is a refreshing, 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. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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85%
  • Reviews Counted: 98
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Lovers is buoyant and cheerfully flirty, though Jacobs never loses sight of the fact that loneliness that can strike both inside a marriage and outside it, and no human being is ever fully protected from suffering. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, May 16, 2017

Fresh: We can read the character's history in Letts' face before we know the details. He's miserable, but like he's gotten used to misery. Misery is no big deal. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2017

Fresh: With luck, by the end, you may hear what Jacobs does: the aching romantic movie imprisoned in each of us, desperate for release. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, May 11, 2017

Rotten: Dreadfully dull romantic comedy in which a long-married couple (Debra Winger; Tracy Letts) feel renewed passion despite each being unfaithful. Aimless performances and an inert story make for a punishing hour and a half. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Sep 15, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Glad to see Debra Winger again

That said, I was not convinced by the cast.

It's a movie about infidelity, betrayal, anger and new love. This dysfunctional (which, these days, means "normal") family has swept so many years of crap under the carpet that by the time the son is college aged, there is nothing left but confusion & anger.

So, it's kind of a Debbie (Winger) Downer movie for me.

Acting good... boring story

Can't believe I've sat through this whole film. It was only the acting that kept me interested. The story was a big bore

Interesting but not compelling

Its great seeing Debra Winger again but I the writing left me unconvinced that their relationship had ever had any depth to it. The score was horrible - like it belonged to another movie. It tried to give a lightness to an unsettling scenario but just irritated. But good performances all around.

The Lovers
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2017

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