• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Peter Howitt
    In Theaters:
    Apr 30, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 24, 2004
  • New Line Cinema

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Laws of Attraction Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Watch Hepburn and Tracy in Adam's Rib. It's very something.

August 1, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Terrible, terrible film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 3, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 30, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: D+

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

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 30, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Julianne Moore's talent is simply too heavy for her to rise above this quicksand comedy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

April 30, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's not awful, but it feels tired, like it's just another in a long line of cookie-cutter movies about pretty people.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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I loved watching Brosnan and Moore go at it as New York lawyers Daniel Rafferty and Audrey Woods.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A film that is antic and strident instead of witty and shrewd.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A by-the-numbers, rehashed romance.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 30, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Pierce Brosnan is impossibly suave; Julianne Moore is faultlessly lovely. But the heat they generate together couldn't spark a Boy Scout's campfire.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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More chemistry between the leads would have helped.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A handsome reminder that there's a reason they keep making -- and we keep watching -- this sort of movie.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Laws plays like a middling episode of Moonlighting, with the focus on the lawyers instead of the private eyes they hire.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C+

April 30, 2004
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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The film appears to have been assembled by agents with stopwatches on their clients.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Disappointingly tepid and lacking in essential chemistry, Laws of Attraction simply never adds up to much.

| Original Score: D+

April 30, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A competently made formula movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Watching Moore and Brosnan do this modernized yet willfully dated dance is honeyed entertainment.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[The leads] really deserved more from the director, Peter Howitt and co-writers Aline Brosh McKenna and Robert Harling, who among them come up with less than one serviceable screenplay.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Laws of Attraction is like the Hepburn-Tracy movie Adam's Rib -- without Hepburn, Tracy, Adam, or his rib.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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You have to admire Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Frances Fisher for never giving up in Laws of Attraction. But watching actors labor so strenuously to re-create the feel of vintage Hollywood deflates the cause rather than exalts it.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[The cast and crew] are all victims of a script of such colossal banality and gross stupidity that smiles freeze on their faces, leaving them looking trapped and desperate, much like the audience.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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A leaden attempt to recapture the effervescence of classic screwball.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The efforts of the cast are not enough to lift Laws of Attraction above the cautious banality of a midseason replacement sitcom.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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This movie treats romance as a science project and spends more time worrying about product placement than character development.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The dialogue is hit-and-miss, and the plot, short on surprises.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

April 29, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Fairly forgettable.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Laughably predictable and lamentably unfunny.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Julianne Moore can be many, many wonderful things -- beautiful, talented, redheaded, heartbreaking -- but funny doesn't seem to be one of them.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A fun date flick.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 29, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[Brosnan] has his charm emitter turned up to 10, and [Moore] manages to insert episodes of loopy behavior without calling into question her character's intelligence.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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[An] agreeable cliche of a movie.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 29, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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It tries to emulate the great Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics, but ends up a pale copy.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

April 29, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[A] disappointing romantic comedy that never shifts into high gear.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

April 29, 2004
Scott Foundas
Variety
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The charming chemistry of the leads and the lightness of tone achieved by director Peter Howitt ... keeps the whole enterprise afloat.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 28, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Operates on such outdated, unimaginative conventions of movie chemistry that Moore and Brosnan end up appearing older and stodgier than necessary.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

April 28, 2004
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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Our counselors' lawyer-ese is illegally bland, and their committee-penned banter meticulously Botoxed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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All but the most ardent of Brosnan's admirers will find this to be an uninspired round in the cinematic battle of the sexes.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The key problem to this romantic comedy about husband-and-wife lawyers on opposite sides of a court battle is that one is never convinced that Pierce Brosnan's Daniel Rafferty and Julianne Moore's Audrey Woods are really a couple.

April 21, 2004
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