Standard Time (Anything But Love) Reviews

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Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 9, 2004
Without the bawdiness and irony of the Doris Day tribute Down With Love, Anything but Love will also bring to mind the comedies of Judy Holliday.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 9, 2004
Obvious, but sweet-tempered and lovingly put together enough to generally trump such shortcomings. For fans of breezy, feel-good fare only.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
All the quirky characters feel as familiar and comfortable as the supporting cast in your own life, even when it comes to the irritating ones.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 11, 2003
An appealing, low-budget musical cowritten by and starring Isabel Rose as Billie, whose pluck and talent are tonic -- if as shopworn as her thrift-store threads.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
November 25, 2003
It's a good indie movie that's perfect for couples, and you won't be embarrassed to take mom along, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2003
Filmed in the colors of newborn Technicolor, plotted as a tribute to the conventions of Hollywood romance, filled with standard songs, it's by and for people who love those kinds of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2003
The earnest, low-budget indie Anything But Love isn't quite the movie you'd like it to be, but it provides some kicks, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 14, 2003
This is a micro-budgeted tribute to Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s that's all the more endearing for its flaws.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 13, 2003
A low-budget valentine to big-budget Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and '50s, this affectionate homage to dreamy movie romances is a sweet-natured charmer in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 13, 2003
Anything but unpredictable, but it is a pleasant, good-natured picture that struggles, gallantly if vainly, to recapture the style and sensibility of a studio musical on the severely limited budget of an independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2003
It succeeds because it dares to take its people and their dreams seriously, with a gently humorous affection, instead of merely sending them up, and because it clearly is taking place in the Manhattan of here and now and not in some vague time warp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
November 11, 2003
If this is such a cheesy, derivative movie, why did I watch it twice with such delight?
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
November 7, 2003
a modest plea to revive the genre
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 19, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 6, 2003
The script, co-written by Rose with director Robert Cary, is flatfooted in the extreme, lacking any comic value or real human insight.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 4, 2003
Ends up little more than a vanity piece for Rose and an exercise in style over substance for Cary.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 21, 2003
To borrow a word from another American standard, Anything but Love, is hardly unforgettable. But if you're looking for the movie equivalent of comfort food, then there's something to dig into here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2003
[An] ungainly little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2003
The filmmaking pales when compared with the classic elements of 1950s and early '60s romantic musicals to which it pays homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 22, 2008
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Arizona Republic
January 24, 2004
Sheila Norman-Culp
San Francisco Examiner
January 15, 2004
Sharon Mizota
PopMatters
December 10, 2003

Boston Phoenix
December 2, 2003
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily
November 14, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 2, 2003
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AV Club
October 29, 2003
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