Standard Time (Anything But Love) Reviews

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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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2003
Isabel Rose has talent and moxie, rising above the mixed material of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 11, 2003
Well points for trying, thumbs down for me.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 14, 2003
[T]he wonderful standards soundtrack can't disguise the lack of chemistry between Rose and either of her leading men...
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 13, 2003
[Rose] isn't enough of a draw to make the formula worth recycling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 13, 2003
The results are earnest but completely resistable, more borscht-belt Cabaret than My Big Fat New York Tryout.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 13, 2003
The thin story -- a 32-year-old woman who lives at home with Mom, sings in the bar at an airport motel, and lives in a fantasy world of musicals -- feels less romantic than pathetic.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 14, 2003
The script is a sappy '40s melodrama transported into the 21st century, where it just creaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2003
[An] ungainly little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 18, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
November 18, 2003
It all comes off with the crowd-pleasing potential of another My Big Fat Greek Wedding, albeit one starved of much of the wit and outrageous ethnic color.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Westal
Film Threat
November 11, 2003
A schmaltz-laden romantic comedy peppered with a few uninteresting musical fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
November 7, 2003
Features lush arrangements and lovely singing by co-scripter and star Isabel Rose, but never quite comes to life on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
November 14, 2003
This stylized romantic comedy offers limited, largely synthetic rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2003
[Rose] has little presence as an actress ... and her unremarkable voice seems better suited for singing corporate jingles than the Great American Songbook.
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
November 14, 2003
From the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, that wouldn't be so bad, but when we've been summoned to the cinema, we expect something more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 19, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 22, 2008
Sharon Mizota
PopMatters
December 10, 2003
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily
November 14, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 2, 2003
Sheila Norman-Culp
San Francisco Examiner
January 15, 2004
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October 29, 2003

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December 2, 2003
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Arizona Republic
January 24, 2004
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