Down With Love Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 16, 2003
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 23, 2003
I think it compares favorably with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back in its well-timed gags and verbal dexterity.
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May 23, 2003
After 10 minutes of getting poked in the ribs with every shot, I thought, 'Is it going to be like this for 90 minutes?'
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 21, 2003
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 19, 2003
I love this film.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 17, 2003
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?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 16, 2003
It's a cute premise, and several co-stars help keep the fun going for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 16, 2003
McGregor is divine as Catcher Block and Zellweger plays her part to pouty perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 16, 2003
Like a champagne bottle left uncorked, it's not as fizzy as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2003
A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 16, 2003
Both leads bounce and bubble. But they seem too often to be playing at being 1960s archetypes instead of rendering characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 16, 2003
It underlines everything with a smirk and a wink and a too-hip- for-school swagger, its affection for its genre no more honest than the adoration some people profess for tiki lights or Bobby Darin.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
It's too dull and hackneyed for the satirical spoof it intends to be, and the actors and director miss the charm and humor of the old Doris Day movies by a margin so wide it doesn't add up to a respectful homage, either.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2003
This might have worked if love triumphed, but mush gets lost in the crush of labored mocking and gleeful artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 16, 2003
The complete lack of authentic feeling in this film as well as its obsession with period without finding any meaning in that period doom it.
| Original Score: D
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 16, 2003
While you were hypnotized by the bossa nova and Renee Zellweger's form-fitting pink Givenchy and the rat-a-tat dialogue of the gender wars, the writers and the director tricked you into caring about the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2003
No better or worse than the movies that inspired it, but that is a compliment, I think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 16, 2003
I'm unembarrassed to say I enjoyed myself a lot, even if this giddily retro Renee Zellweger-Ewan McGregor vehicle shifts tone the way a bicycle skips gears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 16, 2003
Makes the fatal mistake of so much middlebrow satire: It becomes that which it mocks.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 16, 2003
It's like a Saturday Night Live sketch on a $60 million budget.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 16, 2003
Reed never quite decides whether to play the genre straight or spoof it. He winds up doing some of both, maybe not enough of either.
| Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 16, 2003
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
May 16, 2003
The inventiveness doesn't work. It's dragged down by Zellweger and McGregor's self-consciousness, as they mug and overact their way through a film whose style relies on lightness of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 15, 2003
By the end, you'll probably be whistling a happy tune.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 15, 2003
Reed never quite decides if his film is an homage to the pre-ratings code ingenuity and fabulous '50s design of those films or a parody of their dated silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2003
It's pure pleasure to watch Zellweger and McGregor bound across a set with the swinger confidence of Frank Sinatra taking the stage of the Sands Hotel.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2003
Director Peyton Reed gets the film's look and, in moments, its disingenuous innocence, but you have to wonder what he and the screenwriters, Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake, thought they were parodying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 15, 2003
Down With Love's affection is tainted with condescension, and the movie becomes a charade of winks and nudges.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 15, 2003
Explicitly invites us to mock its artificiality and giggly cluelessness, but beyond its attractive shell the film rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 15, 2003
Feels less antic than frantic, semi-glossing over a 40-year-old cultural dust-bunny to create soggy, ersatz fluff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 15, 2003
If you love those old movies, you'll probably adore this new one.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2003
Hammy, campy and gloriously cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2003
An irritation, more fizzle than sizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 15, 2003
These folks clearly had a lot of fun making this movie. Almost as much fun as you'll have watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
May 14, 2003
Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake's coy, flabby script is woefully lacking in the one indispensable ingredient of urbane comedy -- great banter.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2003
What starts as freshly spun cotton candy ends as something pink, sticky and indigestible.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 13, 2003
Those familiar with the era to which Reed aspires will sit through Down with Love enveloped by a feeling of fondness and affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
May 13, 2003
[Zellweger's] trademark squint and complete-me bewilderment dissolve her considerable stylized armor and scan as sad, table-scrap hunger.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 9, 2003
In the spirit of the film's buoyant campiness, may I say, up with Down With Love?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 9, 2003
Good for a laugh and even better for mining fashion tips.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 9, 2003
Intelligent and amusing, even if it never achieves the full-tilt zany desperation of Delbert Mann's Lover Come Back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2003
Unlike Day and Hudson, who inhabited their characters with an effortless charm, Zellweger and McGregor appear to be straining for effect, conveying little of the natural sexiness of their predecessors.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 7, 2003
A succulent piece of postmodern fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: B