In the view of Indiewire‘s Jessica Kiang, Hossein Amini‘s The Two Faces of January, based on a 1964 novel by Patricia Highsmith and screening at the Berlinale, is a letdown. “Something is lost in the translation,” leading to “little more than a competent disappointment, and a strangely old-fashioned one at that,” she writes. “The problems are script-deep, because as a director, Amini shows himself capable if uninspired, but here as screenwriter, he’d appear to be back on the same kind of form that led to the reverent but rather mechanical literary adaptations Jude and The Four Feathers.”