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Lila & Eve

Drama . Thriller

Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.

Actors: Whitney Goin , Rey Hernandez , Yolonda Ross , Julius Tennon , Chris Chalk , Andre Royo , Aml Ameen , Shea Whigham , Jennifer Lopez , Viola Davis
Directors: Charles Stone III
Country: USA
Release: 2015-07-17
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Lila & Eve is a standard-issue female vigilante thriller that's skillfully elevated by the performances of leads Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Charles Stone III's film ultimately succeeds as a convincing social plea, but fails as compelling cinema.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    You can get a little lost following the chain of drug dealers who Lila and Eve gun down. Then again, narrative coherence isn’t really the point. What is vital is Davis’ wrenching performance as a mother who’s done everything right, but remains powerless to keep her children safe.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The movie, directed by Charles Stone III — who gave us 2002's likable Drumline — runs hot and cold, suspenseful and well observed, well acted and often affecting, but somewhat tiresome and implausible by the end.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Davis (who was an executive producer on the film) gives a strong performance, as if she were acting in one of those many prestige projects lighting up her resume. It’s a noble try, but this dreck is beyond saving.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Pitched somewhere between indie domestic drama and direct-to-video exploitation, Lila & Eve is the kind of film in which a sturdy, unsensational piece of acting can take the spotlight.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Although Davis’ performance is so good here, it’s tough to know where the real world ends and the vendetta fantasy begins.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The main, and perhaps the only, reason to see the revenge thriller Lila and Eve, a shallow, cut-rate “Thelma and Louise,” is for the thunderous lead performance of Viola Davis.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    It’s an instant camp classic, especially because it takes itself so adorably seriously.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    In the end, Davis ends up a wasted resource. She does her best to elevate the material, but the story fails to live up to her considerable talents.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Viola Davis lets her Charles Bronson flag fly in Lila and Eve, a ludicrous revenge thriller that should have been called, “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    A lovingly crafted B-level melodrama elevated by its remarkable central performance, Lila and Eve feels like Viola Davis’ “Still Alice.”

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Oscar-winner Davis can maintain her dignity in just about anything, and she almost gives Lila enough depth to be a compelling character. Lopez gets points for trying something a bit more challenging than the hot-for-teacher dreck of "The Boy Next Door," but she inevitably struggles to hit more than one note.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    A mid-point twist is particularly ridiculous, and in an attempt to reconcile this turning point, the final act of the movie becomes a mess.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Lila & Eve is an awkward movie, though sometimes by design.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    While Lila & Eve is not supposed to be funny — indeed, the central topic is about as unfunny as one could possibly imagine — but nevertheless inspires huge laughs, albeit of the unintentional kind, thanks an idiotic screenplay and a supposedly "shocking" plot twist that even the most inattentive viewers should be able to figure out within the first fifteen minutes or so, tops. Full Review