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Down with Love (2003)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 101 | Rotten: 68

Looks great, but Zellweger and McGregor have no chemistry together, and the self-satisfied, knowing tone grates.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 23

Looks great, but Zellweger and McGregor have no chemistry together, and the self-satisfied, knowing tone grates.



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Average Rating: 3/5
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Movie Info

Director Peyton Reed and screenwriters Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake pay homage to the frothy romantic comedies of the early '60s -- in particular the Doris Day/Rock Hudson vehicles -- in this light-hearted and affectionate spoof. Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) is a sweet but savvy small-town librarian who has arrived in New York City with big plans to take on the town. Embracing a feminist philosophy years before it becomes common or fashionable, Novak writes a book called "Down With Love," in


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Dennis Drake, Eve Ahlert

Oct 7, 2003


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All Critics (186) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (101) | Rotten (68) | DVD (32)

I think it compares favorably with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back in its well-timed gags and verbal dexterity.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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After 10 minutes of getting poked in the ribs with every shot, I thought, 'Is it going to be like this for 90 minutes?'

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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We want to love it, but like a Rock Hudson rake, we keep finding fault in its allure. We want to hate it, but like Doris Day, we finally can't say no.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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I love this film.

May 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This pitch-perfect imitation of a Rock Hudson-Doris Day nonsex comedy features Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and a passel of visual delights. But why should we care?

May 17, 2003 Full Review Source:
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It's a cute premise, and several co-stars help keep the fun going for a while.

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Hilarious spoof on '60s comedies for mature 14+.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Director Peyton Reed keeps this fizzy comedy in an alluringly goofy tizzy from start to finish. This is undoubtedly the skillful battle-of-the-sexes laugher Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have made were they able to naughtily quip about bitches and hose.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

While the movie definitely has tongue lodged firmly in its postmodern cheek, every detail looks and feels authentic.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

Takes a creative concept and never knows how to handle it with a less than top-notch script and terrible delivery.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Zellweger and McGregor have only their dimpled cuteness to get them through this movie, which you sense, at least from their mugging, that they believe is enough. It isn't.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

... as light, cheap, and ultimately as insubstantial as cotton candy. And yet, it inadvertently strikes some resonant chords.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

As it is, 'Down With Love' seems forced, with the principals looking like youngsters dressing up and over-acting to impersonate grown-ups.

October 14, 2004 Full Review

Bright and very funny... manages to recreate a filmmaking style that was practically a parody of itself in the first place.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

All artifice, so little art. Does this film have anything new to offer? If not, why bother?

March 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Como esforço saudosista em recriar as ingênuas comédias românticas dos anos 60, o filme é bem-sucedido - mas não se destaca muito em seus outros aspectos.

March 1, 2004
Cinema em Cena

[I]f someone tries to sell you a bootleg copy of Down With Love, there's no need to call the police. You may, however, wish to notify the bomb squad.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

En algún momento, los guionistas Eve Ahlert y Dennis Drake se olvidan que más que un ejercicio de estilo Abajo el amor es una comedia que debería divertir. Y más aún, es una historia que debería entretener.

October 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

It works so hard at being so silly that silly seems smart, making Down With Love simply lovely.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

My only complaint? 'Down with Love' should have been a musical.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The ensemble's comedic timing is impeccable.

September 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

If you're looking for some 21st century screwball comedy drenched in campy attitude and gaudy duds, you're pretty much primed for the inane but spirited excesses of Down With Love.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

Like the old films it mimics, Down With Love plays with sexual double entendres but never, ever shows any hints of actual sex.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Beneath the wingtips, pointy shoes and '50s sexual politics...Down with Love is light, airy and fun - almost to the level of cheap laughs. It's all surface spit and polish.

August 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Down with Love is animated and diverting...[but] nonetheless, there's the sense that no one quite believes in what they're doing.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

McGregor and Zellweger obviously relish playing these roles, and their gusto is infectious.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Down with Love

Oh my god Renee was so obnoxious my respect for her plummeted to Nathaniel Rogers levels. The one redeeming quality of this film was Ewan McGregor. He was seriously sexy.
April 28, 2011

Super Reviewer

Ewan McGregor was marvelous ,as always!
January 4, 2010

Super Reviewer

I enjoy this film way more than any straight man should.
April 18, 2009

Super Reviewer

I loved the outfits and I love Ewan McGregor. The twist was silly and the scene where it was all "revealed" was kind of weird.
January 25, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Catcher Block: You see Lola shakes her maracas, and Rosa bounces her bongos, while Nina is all hands-120 words per minute.
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    1. Catcher Block: What is it about the workplace that women just can't seem to handle?
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