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A Lot Like Love (2005)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 21

A tiresome rom-com.



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Two friends who've convinced themselves they would never make a good couple discover they might just be wrong in this romantic comedy. Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily (Amanda Peet) first met when they were college students sharing a flight from California to New York; Emily spontaneously seduced Oliver on the plane, and they spent the next few days together in the city. When they parted, however, Emily decided not to pursue a relationship with Oliver, even though he was obviously interested.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Colin Patrick Lynch

Aug 23, 2005


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This is the kind of movie where the lovers don't have to worry about fate keeping them apart -- all they do is manufacture excuses not to be together, because if they didn't, you wouldn't have a movie.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source:
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The only reason I was rooting for them to get together was that than they would both be off the market.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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An unfortunate casting decision, however, comes close to sabotaging a witty script with fresh insights into the trend of young people postponing marriage while waiting for some grand plan of theirs to materialize.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A pleasant little romantic comedy that doesn't try too hard and has the virtue of doing a few things differently.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A Lot Like Love ... is a cute movie.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Just when you despair that a whole generation could grow up without a decent date movie, without a romantic comedy that works well enough to call its own, Ashton Kutcher goes and surprises you.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This grueling, training-wheel romance comedy covers a six year stretch of time in which Generation Y boy toy Oliver Martin (Ashton Kutcher) slowly realizes that he can't wait for his life plans to gel before committing to his affection for his narcissist

June 19, 2009

The typical romantic comedy keeps the leads apart or until just before the closing credits. This film falls flat because they engage in sex during the picture's opening sequence.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

At least it's not aggressively stupid...A Lot Like Love is an agreeably mediocre movie that can be watched, enjoyed and forgotten about in the space of a single day.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

[Ashton] Kutcher and [Amanda] Peet are likable stars, but A Lot Like Love doesn't have anything original to say.

October 7, 2005

While not as aggressively mindless as many of its ilk, flick suffers from simple fatigue, as in: We're tired of seeing the exact same love story over and over.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

...the script gives the actors virtually nothing to do and nothing to say in this subpar genre entry.

August 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Uma obra aceitável, simpática e até mesmo divertida - e se isto acontece, os méritos cabem ao diretor Nigel Cole e à simpatia de Ashton Kutcher.

July 22, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Successfully turns the rom-com genre on its head.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

That's weird. I'm sure that When Harry Met Sally had been made already. And didn't it used to be funny?

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A cut above the usual rubbish, thanks to a smart script, some gorgeous photography and the chemistry between its two leads

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Although not as scathingly funny as the Ryan-Crystal classic, director Nigel Cole offers an engaging romance infused with the warmth and optimism of his previous films Calendar Girls and Saving Grace.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

An above average venture into the tired world of romantic comedy.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Do you want to be a celebrity, get free clothes, comp'd rooms, and VIP treatment, or, do you want to be an actor? Kutcher chooses.

May 23, 2005 Full Review

Gen-Y When Harry Met Sally update just barely works, thanks to Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet's chemistry.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Netflix

The film never convinces us that these two need to be together.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It doesn't hurt that there's plenty of chemistry between Peet and Kutcher...

April 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... the whole production is simply as mediocre and half-baked as Hollywood gets.

April 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's strikingly well shot and acted, without resorting to sitcom silliness ... then just when it should end on a sigh, it spirals into the same old stupidity.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A Lot Like Love isn't half bad; it may even be a little better than that....some first-rate comic direction...

April 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for A Lot Like Love

It was enjoyable to watch and it wasn't just your typical Hollywood rom-com and it's worth your time. A must see!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A decent little romantic film, although labeled a Rom-com most of the time it feels more of a drama with a lot of light hearted moments than truly laugh out loud scenes. It did remind me of Serendipity quite a bit, would have to admit that is by far the better film. One of the best of the genre in my opinion.
Still this has a good cast and it was an enjoyable to watch, without being the typical hollywood Rom-com most of the time. Definitely worth checking out.
June 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

It's about a boy and a girl who meet on a flight from LA to NY. Ashton plays Oliver a goal oriented guy who thinks he'll have everything he wants in the next 6 years if he works hard for it and Amanda Peet plays Emily, the girl who is supposed to call him after 6 years to find out if everything he aimed for really happened. Throughout the next 6 years or so they meet up here and there in different stages of their lives.

I LOVE this movie, maybe because I can relate to it in a way. It's about always the wrong timing with a certain someone in your life and finding a way to make it work. I enjoyed how they started off with the past, the years in between, and into the present. I'm usually not a fan of Ashton Kutcher movies, but he did well in here and wasn't annoying. The characters also had great chemistry, which really made it work.
July 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

"There's nothing better than a great romance... to ruin a perfectly good friendship."

On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are reunited time and time again, they go from being acquaintances to close friends to ... lovers?

This was a pretty average romance comedy. I went to see it mostly because of Amanda Peet, and she looked good as usual. They do a decent job trying to avoid some of the cheesy elements usually found in the genre, but the basics remain. Some of the things that happened in the movie were pretty unrealistic. The movie attempts to explore the subject of mistimed romance, as well as difficulties in commitment and the whole "You don't know what you had 'till you've lost it" thing. Overall, a fairly romantic film with a healthy dose of humor.
February 7, 2009
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

    1. Emily Friehl: Just when I'm starting to like you, you're moving away.
    – Submitted by Marian B (15 months ago)
    1. Emily Friehl: Honestly, if you're not willing to sound stupid, you don't deserve to be in love.
    – Submitted by Rona K (18 months ago)
    1. Oliver Martin: You only get one chance to make a first impression.
    – Submitted by Lucy P (18 months ago)
    1. Emily Friehl: Don't... you'll ruin it.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
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