Shadows & Lies (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shadows & Lies (2010)




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Movie Info

James Franco of Pineapple Express and 127 Hours toplines this tense, visceral crime thriller. He stars as William Vincent, a laconic criminal with an enigmatic past, who falls hard for a New York gangster's prostitute lover (Julianne Nicholson). When the thug finds out, he forces William to leave the city and threatens him with death should he ever dare to return. Initially, William agrees, but after four years in exile spent pining for the young woman, he secretly returns to Manhattan, planning to rescue her from the ugly life that ensconces her.

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Critic Reviews for Shadows & Lies

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Anania seems to have directed his actors to contemplate and reflect on every thing they say, before and after they say it, so they're up there doing all this damned acting, and we're checking our watches.

June 28, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A turgid experiment in elliptical lyricism, William Vincent plays like a hybrid of Pickpocket, In the City of Sylvia, and The Passenger, except far more pretentious than even that description suggests.

June 28, 2020 | Full Review…

This dour, molasses-paced neo-noir, about a mysterious figure who becomes embroiled with a nasty criminal and his cohorts, sacrifices coherence and credibility for pretentious stylization.

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For all its austerity and art, Anania's movie might just be a black-edged romance.

June 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Anania's rudimentary script, written for Franco, is a weak shell that's awkward for any actor to inhabit.

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Audience Reviews for Shadows & Lies


"Shadows and Lies" is admirable for what it sets out to achieve. Unfortunately the film is so lackluster and ultimately misguided that any positive intent is completely muddled. The film tries to be a study in existentialism and noir sensibilities (note: there is no such thing as neo-noir, but many will use the term to describe "Shadows and Lies"). Writer/Director Jay Anania tries to shape a story around the theory of "meaninglessness" (that each person, alone, is only able determine the meaning of something, thus everything is essentially without meaning) but walks away with nothing (no catharsis, no after thoughts, no real stance on the theory). Normally, with films about these subjects, one needs to have a palpable sense of internal struggle, but James Franco and Julianne Nicholson (two actors whom are normally very good) deliver extremely flat performances. The film may have an okay atmosphere at times and the confused narrator who shifts from nature videos into the narrative film and back again is intriguing, but "Shadows and Lies" is mostly a large waste of time that borders on bad film school quality.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

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Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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