Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive Summary and Synopsis

The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love. A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister. Only Lovers Left Alive Wiki

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

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- A feast5 star

Intelligent, beautifully shot, love it!

- Suzanne Herlihy5 star

Amazing movie , Tom Hiddleston is captivating in this role as is Tilda! Must see !

- Nature never hurries.5 star

Why should art?

- Star Trek beyond5 star

Really great movie I love the story

- Vampires are people too3 star

A moody and languid film punctuated by a few flashes of wit. I realize Jarmusch is quite the auteur, and I wish I could give it more stars, but this film didn't really move me, and many viewers will find it unbearably dull.

- Much Funnier Than I Expected.4 star

Really. I expected it to take itself super seriously, what with the themes, and all the cultured name-dropping. But it was really, really funny, in a quiet, self-deprecating way. Tom Hiddleston's depressed hipster vampire was *ahem* GORGEOUS, and some of the funniest situations came from his ultra-serious, hermit-like attitude towards life. Tilda made an excellent foil for his melancholy, and the two of them had great chemistry together. Aaaand then there was Mia's character, the hugely unwelcome little sister who literally hasn't got a clue that they're less than ecstatic when she comes to stay. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that Christopher Marlowe is portrayed as being the author of Shakespeare's plays. None of that Anti-Stratfordian nonsense for me, thank you very much. Oh! But that was almost forgivable when I noticed that BUSTER KEATON (one of my favorite people of all time) was right smack in the middle of Adam's wall of fame.

- It's different, and that's good5 star

The pace in this film is slow. On purpose. To force the viewer to sympathize with the monotony that has become the protagonists' lives. It's a chilling story about the deepest kind of love, and the effort of both parties it takes to get there. It's not a thrilling movie, it's an art piece. If you're watching it to see vampires ripping people apart, perhaps look somewhere else. If you want to think deeply about the nature of love, this is a wonderful place to be. Beautifully done, incredibly acted. Hiddleston and Swinton are fantastic and surreal. Most thought provoking film I've seen all year.

- Future Cult Classic5 star

This is one of my all time favorite movies. This fits movie fits in a class of its own. I purchased this movie and it is worth every cent. The characters in this movie are compelling. For me the depth of this movie does transcend time and place. It is possibly the perfect alternative vampire movie. It does not try to become overly grotesque. It has a certain familiarity and comfort that is rare. The slow burning passion in this movie is moving and deeply attractive. This movie should have a new rating that is reserved for the special films that are truly worth rewetting over and over: Rated CA - Cult Classic Artistic Film. This film is possibly to artistic for some people to truly appreciate; and, that it is more than okay that this movie does not bend itself to fit the over edited, overly action packed, overly depleted of character development modern day popular films. This film should come with a warning: Do Not Watch This Film With Your Usual Exceptions. Watch this film with the expectation of the unusual.

- If you don’t love this movie, something is wrong with you.5 star

This is one of the greatest films i’ve ever watched. I was so engrossed from beginning to end. Such a strange and different take on a fantastical element that has been overdone and shoved down pop culture’s throats the last 7 years. Refreshing. Delicious. Amazing.

- Great movie!5 star

Definitely one of my favorites!

- Was disappointed2 star

Some beautiful scenes but very slow and monotonous

- The audience member’s life and experience3 star

…will influence how they experience any movie. It’s not just what is in front of you, but who how you react to that that results in the end feeling about a thing. So some will love this, and that is partially based on who they are. Others will hate this — same. One's experiences and likes before they view this movie will have an effect on how it works or doesn’t on them. So those who enjoy slow burn, character driven pieces with people just doing them, may fall in love here. For those who need goals, thrill, tension. villian, hero, etc? They will hate this. MY experience of it was interesting. This guy Hiddleston is fascinating to spend time with. He just “has” something making his character interesting to follow. But the characters do alot of talking about what is and spend time in the same places, so the who thing ends up feeling a little thrown together and off the cuff. Still, this movie made me see what the fuss is all about with Hiddleston. Interested in his other movies now...

- Last two lovers alive2 star

I rented this movie for 99 cent. I think I should get half back. vampires should never be dull.

- Slow beginning but worth it.4 star

I never watched these kinds of films before but this one has a very nice rhythm in story-telling. Only complaint is that the intro is a bit slow and it would have been better to introduce Ava much earlier so the excitement and comedy of the film keeps the pace going. Definitely worth renting if you're an adventurous movie-watching type but I'm just a little iffy on owning the movie. I get the artsy feel of the whole plot and dialogue but it feels like we are not getting enough information about our characters and their stories. Too much Detroit drives. I rather watch more character interactions.

- Boring - Agony to get through the whole thing -1 star

So bad . I kept checking to see how long I had left . Made myself watch the whole long drawn out boring events between a boring couple who happen to be vampires nothing meaningful happens in this movie it just takes forever to get on with a whole lot of nothingness happens in this movie.. i had hoped something would happen but it never did .

- Simply Amazing!!5 star

I dont understand why some people didn’t like it this is a vampire film taken to a different level no this not Dracula untold, Underworld, or Twilight this film gives you a different perspective of what a vampires life would be in the 21st century and to me the most realistic.Oh and by the way no Adam is not a hipster he simply loves music. I loved the music, and the characters in the film where fantastic.

- Let it wash over you...4 star

I can see why people loved it, I can see why people were bored to tears. I can see that this movie is both brilliant AND boring at the same time! It is worth watching just so you can see the very last scene…I don’t see the connection about hipsters as one reviewer stated - to me it was about vampires who have lived so long they are trying to create new meaning…though Eve’s character understood the beauty. It shows a side of life to living as if you have all the time in the world, so taking a true interest in the world around you because you can never waste time. I loved the reference to humans as being the zombies, because they are afraid of their creativity. That is truly something to ponder! By the end you feel like you are a part of the film…it goes so slowly. 4 stars instead of 5 because it was so incredibly slow, but still very moving and meaningful.

- They don't want to bite your neck, just cry on your shoulder1 star

Couldn't warm up to the idea of vampires this whiney and fragile. One sip o "bad" blood and they're goners. Heck, long planes rides nearly do 'em in. More sparks flew between Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy. Thought this might be a good run up to Halloween. Its not.

- Magnificent gem5 star

Only lovers left alive is a flippin brilliant artistic masterpiece!!!!! Madly in love with this delicious imaginative and bold film. This is a must watch independent film. The acting is sublime too. Wow!!!!!! Mmmmmmm 💞💞💞 watched it twice and thinking about watching it again!!!!!

- My Jarmusch, when he quotes...4 star

..treads on the ground.

- If you need help falling asleep...1 star

Watched it for 40 minutes. Fell asleep a few times. What a waste of a talented cast.

- Ugh! Worst movie ever1 star

Okay, so I feel like I've wasted two hours. Slow, slow, slow. I don't feel like I didn't "get" it, I just feel that it was a boring movie. I can't believe anyone likes this. I never once cared about the characters. Never once was it interesting. Seriously. My opinion, folks, just my opinion.

- Brilliant !5 star

Really great movie that shows an old topic in a new light. Fantastic set design and amazing cinematography.

- A Jim Jarmish fan bored to distraction2 star

Sorry to say, I gave it an hour, and it fealt like work. And even with my divine Tida, too. I was incredulous.

- Brilliant5 star

I want to say this is the best vampire film ever made, but that would be restrictive. It falls outside of genres and finds a brilliance as unique as that diamond that's the heart of a star, light years away (you'll get the reference once / if you've seen the film). And the acting? What a joy! John Hurt, Tilda Swanson, and Tom Hiddleston. Genius. Each was perfect and irresistible.

- Help! I’m a sad hipster vampire!1 star

I adore the actors in this movie but the story does them no justice. There is no climax in this film, just a steady monotone stream of boring nothingness. You feel nothing for them. There is no struggle except when they mildly complain about how contaminated humans are with their poisonous blood… no doubt from our fast food chains, vitamin water, and antidepressants. Of course they boast how “special” they must be compared to the humans as they refer to them as zombies. If anything they are snobs that listen to music and claim to find depth in even worse music… but of course if you disagree you are obviously a “zombie”. This movie is immature and poorly hatched. Its a shame! A really stupid shame!

- I don't see how people like this movie1 star

This movie is the epitome of boring, there is no action whatsoever. This movie is basically 2 hrs of chit chat about their empty life as immortals. Of the little action that it showed (if you can call it that), it was a tease to draw me into the movie so I won't turn it off. I wasted over 2 hrs of my life watching this movie that I'll never get back.

- Not for everyone (AKA people who don't enjoy mindless action movies)5 star

I absolutely loved this movie. The acting, the direction, the cinematography, the plot line... All of. It was just a beautifully done movie. Tilda Swinton was grande, but what really blew me away was the performance by mr. Hiddleston. And no, I'm not just some fan girl giving him credit because he's "so dreamy". I truly appreciate actors based on their acting skills, and with every performance I've ever seen atom Hiddleston give, I've always been blown away by how talented an actor he is. I've seen I enough interviews with him to know what type of guy he in in real life; humble, smart, funny, carefree... And so when I see him play a character like this, especially to the point where you forget it's Tom Hiddleston, I am reminded of the endless talent I this man has As an actor. The movie was so well made, and the story line and plot were completely primal. It was just gorgeous. I recommend this movie to everyone who can appreciate it's beauty and depth, and not the people who only want mindless movies.

- A truly amazing movie. I am speechless.5 star

I do not normally write reviews for movies but then again I don’t normally come across masterpieces such a this. This movie left feeling speechless as I watched the credits roll by. AMAZING!!!

- Mesmerizing.5 star

There are no cheap distractions here. The pace is slow, but this helps enhance the details and the soft, dark, undulating mood. The music sets the tone, and you fall deeper down the rabbit hole. Brilliant.


I was taken with this movie from the very beginning. This is everything you could ask for in a film: dark, witty, beautiful, thoughtful, sad…I could go on. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

- Beauts5 star

This movie is amazing. It's a beautiful picture. I was mesmerized throughout the entire movie. It's funny and romantic, and I loved it.

- One of the Best of Recent Years5 star

Fantastic, brilliant, beautiful, touching, deep.

- Best film of 20145 star

Genius. Amazing. In love with this brilliant and wonderful film. Must see.

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