(2003)

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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Solomon keeps the drama generally clear and interesting, though some touches make the film-noir plot seem too pretentious.
63
It's an intriguing movie, and Thornton's performance is both fascinating and maddening.
63
A meditation on guilt, remorse and redemption -- is unrelentingly heavy.
60
Dallas Observer
Nobody can convey more while doing nothing than Thornton. And while his minimalist style is appropriate for the ironically named Levity, what is conveyed never quite generates the emotional charge of "Monster's Ball."
50
Village Voice
First-time director Ed Solomon, a comedy writer (MIB, both Bill and Ted movies), clots up Levity with symbols -- empty chairs, reflections, winter slush -- and achy, tastefully drawn characters.
50
The actors, too, bring more realism -- more gravity, if you will -- to the film than its wobbly premise deserves.
40
Wall Street Journal
For all its seriousness, though, Levity struck me as pretentious and intractably lifeless.
38
Miami Herald
The actors are their usual reliable selves; you can't really blame them for the unlikely mess Levity becomes.
30
Washington Post
The movie wants to trade on atmosphere more than plot, but even the atmosphere rings false.
20
Suffocates under its own good intentions and inexorable sense of doom.

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