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Love and Other Drugs (2010)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 81

It's a pleasure to see Hollywood produce a romance this refreshingly adult, but Love and Other Drugs struggles to find a balance between its disparate plot elements.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 26

It's a pleasure to see Hollywood produce a romance this refreshingly adult, but Love and Other Drugs struggles to find a balance between its disparate plot elements.



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Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman."


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Mar 1, 2011


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (81) | DVD (8)

Eight months after health-care reform was signed into law, Universal Pictures courageously weighs in with a watered-down satire of the pharmaceutical industry.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Ultimately, the unsettled tone undermines the romantic conclusion. Still, you've got to admire the ambition it shares with its cocky hero.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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But in Love & Other Drugs, [Zwick] and Herskovitz find a groove that delivers wry writing and smart cultural observation.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A slick weepie made by smart guys who want you to know they're better than the schlockmeisters.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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as many weak spots, but what it delivers at its core is as indelible as (and a lot more explicit than) the work of such legendary teams as Clark Gable and Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

November 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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This movie is best treated like dim sum. Wait out the bad portions until a tastier dish is served. Let Hathaway be your guide.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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Love and Other Drugs isn't a perfect film, and Zwick has certainly done better, but for what it is, it's mostly watchable and fairly enjoyable.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This movie is far from your standard romantic comedy. It's a deeper film that touches on heavier emotional moments.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Zwick and his writing partners, Marshall Herskovitz and Charles Randolph, overextend their scope by a wide margin.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Lacks a certain something, but not chemistry between Jake and Anne. They set off real sparks.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Charismatic turns from its two stars provide the heartbeat for the movie, which resembles director Edward Zwick's TV show thirtysomething with its insight into male/female intimacy.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

There were several potential avenues to develop here, but the film settles for something conventional and sentimental with its love story.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Can he love her when her illness degenerates? Can she let him in even though she's scared? Will he always work for the people who are actually making her life more difficult? You're allowed not to care.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

The movie has lots of scenes of the two leads in bed together, but it can't decide whether it's a big issue film, a romantic comedy or a weepy melodrama, so it ends up being none of them successfully.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

Strange how for a movie about a Viagra salesman, we don't see the growth of the characters.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

"Love & Other Drugs" may have one foot in comedy and the other in the sickness-of-the-week genre, but that's the way life plays out sometimes.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

An overstated (dialogue-wise and visually-the movie's mostly close-ups) and underwhelming trip. And for a movie all about dickishness, its actual masking of Gyllenhaal's dick-twice with a cushion, as if out of a bad British sex farce-is limply dishonest.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It isn't bashful at all, incorporating plenty of sex and humour; you'll feel like you're sleeping with them too.

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

For it's hard work, sadly the film's two heartfelt, emotional scenes are wholly undermined by some awful soundtracking.

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

I ended up wondering how a screenplay this messy had ever gone into production, let alone attracted two actors of this quality.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A mess, but one of those messes where it's at least fun to debate the different ways in which it got it so wrong and could have been great.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Interesting ideas lurk, tantalisingly, underneath the romcom formula and yet every brave move Zwick and his co-writers make is countered by something weak and formulaic, as if in apology.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

At least we now know why Anne Hathaway's co-presenting this year's Oscars. She's not gonna make it to that stage any other way.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

A redeemed-lout-and-sacrificial-lamb weepie, complete with a shameless revival of the dreaded Ali MacGraw Disease

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The two narrative strands don't quite mesh, and the movie stumbles badly when trying to effect the redemption of Randall through love.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for Love and Other Drugs

Anne Hathaway is superb as always...and any movie with Jake Gyllenhaal with his shirt off has gotta be in my top 10. It's an interesting situation for a romance, which sets it apart from so many other Matthew McConahay-type films.
June 8, 2013

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Edward Zwick? Really? It didn't feel like one of his films but then it's not really his genres. That is, I can only imagine, why it is a complete and utter mess. The balance between serious drama and comedy is dreadful. The acting is embarrassing, I cannot believe the two leads got Golden Globe nominations, surely that was out of sympathy, or for being tricked into it maybe? I'm not apposed to a bit of nudity, in fact I love a bit of nudity but only when it has a place. Here it was just gratuitous, not 'Hey look at the passion between these two lovers' but more 'Hey look, forget the story (or lack of), we got Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway to take their clothes off, whoopie!'. Is it a film about love? Is it a film about the state of the national health? Is it a film about sacrifice? Is it a film about the greedy pharmaceutical companies? Does it even know what it's trying to be? Maybe the book it's biased on: Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman makes sense and is a good read and this is just a poor adaptation, either way, the film is stupid, formulaic and a guide on how not to make a film. Note to film makers, if you're going to make a 'Rom-com, you should make sure that it is a) Romantic and b) Funny. Sleeping in ones car overnight to wait for them even though they live just around the corner is not romantic and seeing a fat mans bottom is not funny. I hated every minute of it.
May 2, 2013

Super Reviewer

It wasn't quite the film I was expecting, thinking it would be just like most rom-coms churned out at the moment that are light hearted but have little depth. This does have more in-depth characters, the main star being Anne Hathaway's Maggie who at 26 has Parkinson's disease. It does have a few laughs along the way at the more light hearted moments. I was a bit surprised Anne Hathaway did a few nude scenes in this, but I'm not complaining. If you want a sexy, fun comedy with a bit more depth to the characters, this is prefect for you!
April 10, 2012

Super Reviewer


The main character is almost entirely unlikable and the laughs aren't frequent enough to maintain Love and Other Drugs as a sound romantic comedy. The performance by Hathaway was good enough but it's the work behind the camera that wasn't that great. The direction is flimsy and the premise is quite simply dull.
March 31, 2012
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    1. Maggie Murdock: Eat shit and die.
    – Submitted by Jose G (10 months ago)
    1. Jamie: I'm full of shit, okay? No- I'm Knowingly full of shit because I have never cared about anybody or anything in my entire life and the thing is that everybody just kind of accepted that, like 'that's just Jamie'. And then you...Jesus! You. didn't see me that way. I have never known anyone who'd actually believe that I was enough, until I met you... and then you made me believe it too, so unfortunately...I need you.
    – Submitted by Karen M (2 years ago)
    1. Josh Randall: Wait, you're filming it? Do you do close-ups and stuff? Who holds it.
    – Submitted by Kris B (2 years ago)
    1. Josh Randall: Did you get kidnapped by a care bear?
    – Submitted by Karen S (2 years ago)
    1. Maggie Murdock: So many places to go?
    2. Jamie: You'll go there, I just may have to carry you.
    – Submitted by Han N (3 years ago)
    1. Jamie: And you need me.
    2. Maggie Murdock: No I don't.
    3. Jamie: Yes you do.
    4. Maggie Murdock: No I don't.
    5. Jamie: *Yes*, you do.
    6. Maggie Murdock: You need someone to take care of you.
    7. Jamie: No, I don't!
    8. Jamie: Everybody does.
    – Submitted by Han N (3 years ago)
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