William Gray
Owen Gleiberman
January 20, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

LUV

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/18/13
performer
Common, Danny Glover, Michael Rainey Jr.
director
Sheldon Candis
distributor
Indomina Releasing
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong. In LUV, he plays Vincent, a newly paroled convict who wants to open a Baltimore clam shack. The first sign that something is off in the movie is when Vincent decides to give his kid nephew (Michael Rainey Jr.) a lesson in thug life. The second sign is that the director, Sheldon Candis, can’t decide if that’s a good thing. No wonder every scene wobbles around. C-

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