• PG-13, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Peter Chan
    In Theaters:
    May 21, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 23, 1999
  • DreamWorks SKG

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The Love Letter Reviews

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Michael Dequina

To call this 'a romantic comedy-drama' is to imply an involving emotional core and a witty sense of humor that simply aren't there.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2009
Steven Boone

Charming as it is, the film is too thin to justify carfare and ticket money.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

January 1, 2000
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just doesn't deliver!

January 1, 2000
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is filmmaking as puff pastry: Some viewers will want to lick up every sweet little crumb and others will find it cloying and twee.

| Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You're left wishing you'd never opened this letter.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Although the movie's affection for its characters is refreshing, none of them stirs our passions.

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten

The Love Letter is so slight, so insipid, that a viewer can scarcely find much therein to love or hate.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Lies dormant as a movie.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Surpasses your initial expectations, raises them a little, then just barely fails to meet most of them at last.

January 1, 2000
Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
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Where it should soar with humor or longing, it merely skips along -- a stream of surprising and somewhat forced revelations.

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Intended as an ode to the power of words, 'Letter' is rarely worth listening to, let alone watching, and matters aren't helped by slice-and-dice editing that sometimes makes you wonder if the camera started rolling in mid-scene...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

An enjoyable enough way to spend an hour and a half, but doesn't end up having much to offer in the way of substance.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen

Has love ever been as boring as it is portrayed in The Love Letter, and, if so, where do babies come from?

January 1, 2000
Rod Dreher
New York Post
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Capshaw is cold and charmless!

January 1, 2000
Gene Seymour
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If only there were something sharp and pungent - besides Ellen DeGeneres' wisecracks - to keep you from drifting off.

January 1, 2000
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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In a no-role role, Mr. Selleck appears beefy and dull.

January 1, 2000
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Director Peter Chan has a hard time getting beneath the gooey surface of this fanciful story.

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Choosing not to emphasize the romantic angle, the film feels more like a pilot for a television sitcom than a movie.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's no chemistry between any of the stars, and there's a puzzling lack of energy.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The Force isn't with, nor is there much dramatic force behind The Love Letter!

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
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