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Laws of Attraction (2004)

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22

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 32

A bland and forgettable copy of Adam's Rib.

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47

liked it
Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 36,633

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Though equally respected in their field, divorce lawyers Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) and Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) are opposites inside and out of the courtroom. Audrey is meticulous and by the book, while Daniel relies on personality and luck to get by. Despite the difference in methods, neither lawyer has lost a case, and neither plan on ending their streak after being respectively hired by Serena (Parker Posey) and Thorne (Michael Sheen), a celebrity power couple gone wrong. The

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling

Aug 24, 2004

$17.8M

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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (119) | DVD (22)

The actors work hard to concoct some chemistry, but it's tough to be Tracy and Hepburn, let alone Doris Day and Rock Hudson, when you're trying to get your mouth around lines that wouldn't pass muster on a UPN sitcom.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Watch Hepburn and Tracy in Adam's Rib. It's very something.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
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Terrible, terrible film.

May 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The plot, the dialogue and the main characters' love connection are basically mind-numbing, and even Parker Posey can't save the show.

April 30, 2004
Washington Post
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Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan create just enough chemistry to carry Laws of Attraction.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Julianne Moore's talent is simply too heavy for her to rise above this quicksand comedy.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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There's no reason to see this movie.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Pitched as a homage to George Cukor's 1949 classic romantic comedy "Adam's Rib" (with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy), "Laws of Attraction" is far separated from that film's exceptional timing and sincere comic exploration of a competitive couple of

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

An affable (if entirely forgettable) romantic comedy...

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

In the end, lazy scriptwriting leads to a lukewarm verdict.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

... painfully predictable, full of super-sized implausibilities, and crowded with supporting characters that are underdeveloped and overplayed.

December 31, 2004
Looking Closer

Standard opposites-attract romantic comedy.

December 17, 2004

What's perfect for [Moore] is that the movie uses manic farce to crack the self-possession that usually keeps her so remote from us.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

The two lead players ... seem the least likely of anyone in the film to fight for themselves, unless you give them very large cocktails.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Like a Lladro statuette, this milky film is pretty and hollow, intellectually suspect but capable of providing a warm frisson of well-being

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

O único elemento que salva esta produção do desastre total é o carisma da dupla de protagonistas.

August 5, 2004 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

falls consistently flat, despite the best efforts by all involved

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

With its preposterous premise, it's hard to imagine what could have possessed this top-notch cast to get involved in this fiasco of a film.... the script is a disaster

July 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Akin to your favorite "American Idol" contestant being prematurely knocked out is seeing two very likable actors trapped in a disappointing film.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Predictable fluff, well-acted.

May 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Laws of Attraction has all the street cred of Glamor Magazine, and all the edge of Larry King. Which, incidentally, are two things the target audience would love.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Director Peter Howitt shows a facility for reducing an intriguing premise to lowest-common-denominator fodder for network TV.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Legally bland.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Despite a few flickers of charm, the film seldom raises itself above the level of pleasant. And pleasant ain't sophisticated, and it certainly ain't sexy.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Laws of Attraction

Lonely but charming divorce lawyers on opposite sides of the aisle opt for a longterm contract, no pre-nup, and so a writ of habeas corpus in this predictable bit o'unfortunately unfortunate blarney. The actors work so hard, and I was rooting for 'em, but ... it finally comes off as too forced, too mechanical, too formulaic, like a big song and dance production number to corn flakes.
February 21, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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This is the kind of crap I really hate. But I didn't hate this...either because of the hilarious oirish stereotypes, or maybe I've just got a thing for Julianne Moore. You decide.
July 14, 2007
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    1. Daniel Rafferty: Well, the last thing anyone in this room seems to need is a divorce attorney.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Sara Miller: Do you know how hard it is to get an item planted on page 6...
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
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