"...sex, ordinarily the climax of such a setup, comes fairly early on, and plays second fiddle to endless gabbing... This would get old really fast, were it not for Gabrielle Zevin's funny, fluid screenplay and Canosa's deft use of split-screen..."
"An intimate movie in every sense... it's sad and funny, satisfying and frustrating, totally familiar."
"The observations about love and sex and time and memory are uncommonly sharp and true -- so much so that you may feel at times that Dick Cheney has bugged your intimate conversations and provided them to Zevin for her screenplay."
San Francisco Chronicle
"an intricately structured meditation on the morphology of contemporary relationships…writer Gabrielle Zevin has an acerbic, peppery tone, especially when it comes to Bonham Carter's pungent observations…kudos to these emerging filmmakers for daring to make something a little bit different”
“Perhaps they have met before, but Gabrielle Zevin's screenplay dances delicately with this question before answering it later on…the dialogue has a bitter, heightened cleverness that feels very real in this kind of situation: two intelligent people made self-conscious by their discomfort with each other.”
“Conversations is a dance, a sexy, funny, unnerving, and refreshing dance that sees the couple (neither character actually has a name) swooping in and out of each other's personal space and private thoughts. But whether or not the two end up in bed together isn't the ultimate end game of this film. For as much sexual tension as there is during the seduction process, there is an equal amount of angst and bitterness about what it was that pulled them apart in the first place. Not since Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Sunset films have I been this gripped by what is essentially two people talking, but in this film the sexual subtext seems more palpable.”
“Gabrielle Zevin's subtle script-funny, rueful and sometimes both at once-could have stood on its own merits, but the dual frame slyly annotates the verbal pas de deux, flashing back, flashing forward, giving momentary life to the characters' fleeting thoughts and visualizing both the inevitability of aging and the utter impossibility of recapturing the past.”
“Gabrielle Zevin's script is genuinely fantastic…The script actually progresses in a way both expected and unexpected. While at the beginning all we know is that both characters know the bride, we get a series of revelations that make the whole thing more and more complex, and by the two-thirds mark, when we know everything, it actually achieves true brilliance.”
“Screenwriter Gabrielle Zevin skillfully changes the tone of the dialogue and, by only gradually revealing details of the couple's past and present, keeps these "Conversations" continually intriguing.”
Much of the dialogue between Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart (both excellent here) smacks of real-life yearning, flirting, angst and heartache. In addition to bringing a disarmingly strange "split-screen" gimmick to his non-traditional love story, director Hans Canosa seems well aware that Gabrielle Zevin's screenplay is something of a small gem.”
Gabrielle Zevin's funny, fluid screenplay and Canosa's deft use of split screen…show us not only this couple's skittish history and their equally checkered present lives, but also the ebb and flow of their ambivalent attraction.”
“a beautifully acted and emotionally acute little relationship movie."
"I found the film powerfully erotic, although it has minimal nudity and no explicit sex....
rapid, back-and-forth dialogue captures the unique intensity of the kind of flirtation that's leading straight to the sack."
Conversations Korean Motion Picture Soundtrack CD insert