Alanna Nash
December 21, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Love Is Strange

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/22/14
performer
John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
director
Ira Sachs
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Drama

We gave it a D-

Rogers, long ago established as the King of Countrypolitan Jive, is bad enough when he offers mawkish fantasies about old age and chance romantic encounters like in Love Is Strange. But he hits his low ebb on a duet with Dolly Parton — a remake of ”Love Is Strange” that sounds amazingly like the mating of a heifer and a hog-and on the hokey ”If I Were a Painting,” written in the melodramatic style of Lionel Richie. Rogers is the musical equivalent of a black-velvet Elvis, the embodiment of schlock art.D-

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