The Love Letter (1999)



Critic Consensus: Poor character development and scripting hamper any romantic chemistry.

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Helen (Kate Capshaw) runs a bookstore in Loblolly By The Sea, a small fishing community in New England where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. A 42-year-old single mother, she is emotionally distant and fearful of getting too close to anyone. George (Tom Selleck) has known Helen since they were schoolmates, and he's been in love with her for ages, but has always settled for just being her friend. Convinced she wasn't interested in him, he married another woman years ago. Helen … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality, nudity and strong language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Maria Maggenti
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 1999
DreamWorks SKG


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Critic Reviews for The Love Letter

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (24)

You're left wishing you'd never opened this letter.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Although the movie's affection for its characters is refreshing, none of them stirs our passions.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Where it should soar with humor or longing, it merely skips along -- a stream of surprising and somewhat forced revelations.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Capshaw is cold and charmless!

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

If only there were something sharp and pungent - besides Ellen DeGeneres' wisecracks - to keep you from drifting off.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

In a no-role role, Mr. Selleck appears beefy and dull.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Love Letter


I actually enjoyed this movie. I admit I did have to start it over once about 10 minutes into the movie because I wasn't really paying attention and so I didn't know what was going on. The character of Johnny did make me uncomfortable though with how posessive and pushy he seemed to be. It certainly wasn't a brilliant movie but it was quirky.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

Just okay. I watched for Ellen and Tom Selleck and they were both very loveable.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


A great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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