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Boasting spectacular performances from Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a husband and wife on the brink of separation, this incredibly assured directorial debut of Charlie McDowell essentially turns the idea of a two-hander upside down and inside out.
The film is brisk, funny, smart, and artful, a strong pairing of high concept and relatable storylines.
Justin Lader’s screenplay is contained but also funny, emotionally honest and nails its pivot from the conventional to something much richer.
Charlie McDowell's romantic brainteaser is disarmingly clever — too clever to spoil. But it's also repetitive and a bit too Spike Jonze lite.
Slant Magazine
The film gets too caught up in the semi-farcical comings and goings of the two Sophies and Ethans to explore any of the issues it raises about relationships very deeply.
Duplass and Moss are put to the test to carry the film entirely on their shoulders and unquestionably carry it off... On the other hand, viewers will have widely disparate reactions to spending 90 uninterrupted minutes with these characters.
The Dissolve
When it comes time to get to the bottom of what’s really going on, McDowell and Lader start losing the thread.
Village Voice
Some of the surprise works, but the final gotcha won't getcha.
Time Out
The film delivers on its most crucial idea by being an inventive relationship dramedy with actors who handle the dual challenge thrown at them with distinguished poise.
The One I Love, Charlie McDowell’s debut feature, can’t decide what kind of film it wants to be. Atonal and aimless, it zigzags clumsily from mood to mood, without any clear direction.

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