Love Liza The upside: It's only 90 minutes. The downside: It's an overly depressing self-described "comic tragedy" that produces nary a laugh. After his wife takes her… Love Liza The upside: It's only 90 minutes. The downside: It's an overly depressing self-described "comic tragedy" that produces nary a laugh. After his wife takes her…
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LOVE LIZA (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 27, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Kathy Bates and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The upside: It's only 90 minutes. The downside: It's an overly depressing self-described ''comic tragedy'' that produces nary a laugh. After his wife takes her own life, Web designer Wilson (Hoffman) staggers hopelessly through his, reluctant to read the suicide note she left him and sniffing gasoline to numb the pain. The attempts at levity come across awkwardly in an otherwise bleak, ambling tale, and while Hoffman and Bates (as Wilson's mother-in-law) are predictably solid, the movie simply doesn't match the weight of their performances.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints