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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)



Critic Consensus: Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.

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Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (c) Sony Classics

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John Hurt
as Marlowe
Jeffrey Wright
as Dr. Watson
Aurelie Thepaut
as Flight Attendant
Ali Amine
as Taxi Driver - Detroit
Dave W.
as White Hills
Ego Sensation
as White Hills
Nick Name
as White Hills
Fouad El Achaari
as Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha
as Man on Street, Tangier
Abdelkader Dourkan
as Man on Street, Tangier
Mohamed Chairi Felah
as Man on Street, Tangier
Bilal Chair Felah
as Man on Street, Tangier
Omar Raissouli
as Man on Street, Tangier
Marc Codsi
as Guitarist
Noureddine Touati
as Gnaoua Player
Hanane El Karni
as Young Moroccan Lover
Hamza Kadri
as Young Moroccan Lover
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Critic Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (71)

The film is mostly a fun, sweet character study, but it's enjoyable flow is marred periodically by its own desire to be cool.

January 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Somewhere around the lovely scene of Tilda Swinton dancing, freely and wholeheartedly, to the old soul record, Jarmusch's M.O. becomes clear: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' is a hanging-out move, just with vampires.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

It makes for one of the most enjoyable and artful pieces of cinematic dandyism in the Jarmusch catalog, and for all its poised flipness, one of the saddest and most serious.

July 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Even vampires get the blues.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

This is a film that finds horror not in the extreme, but in the mundane. That alone makes it a worthwhile entry in a genre that it both inhabits and rises above.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Somehow it's all very entertaining and weird and fitting, with Detroit looking like a place any vampire would be happy to be.

May 2, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Only Lovers Left Alive

What would vampires live like today? We already got an answer to that in the hilariously funny "What we do in the shadows" but Jim Jarmush has his own. They stick to the rules and stay undetected, not killing people. They've been the muses behind scientists and artists for centuries but grow weary of humans. Hiddleston is a surprisingly grumpy vampire, not giving us his trademark grin. His hipster snob is pretty amusing, just like Swinton's hippie.There are genuinely funny, albeit subtle, moments. But the film's pace is really slow and the plot remains somewhat episodic. That's still rather entertaining but could have used a bit more of a, well, bite.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Jarmusch knows quite well the kind of engrossing atmosphere that he wants to invoke with this story of old-fashioned, cultivated vampires who feel deeply disappointed in people's disdain for Science and Art and are doomed to succumb in the mediocrity that dominates the world.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

As an art film, "Only Lovers Left Alive" is beautiful, stylish and meditative. As a vampire flick, it's boring, aimless and anemic. Whether you like the movie or not will depend heavily on what you're looking for.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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