Glenn Kenny
February 23, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bad Love

Current Status
In Season
Randy Newman

We gave it a B-

In Bad Love, a shiftless, obsessive nobody (Sizemore) hooks up with a beautiful, self-hating, soon-to-be nobody (Gidley) in L.A. Unflinching to the point of being grueling, this lowlife romance convincingly portrays lovers whose individual pathologies make for a sexually potent but emotionally devastating mix. Director Jill Goldman lays out the ugliness with a welcome spareness, yet for all that, this direct-to-video drama isn’t compelling enough to be of interest to anyone who isn’t going for a doctorate in failed relationships. Which, come to think of it, could mean that its target audience is wide indeed. B-

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