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Love Actually (2003)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 191
Fresh: 120 | Rotten: 71

Critics Consensus: A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.

62%
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 31,620,346

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Movie Info

All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark … More

Rating:
R (for sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Richard Curtis
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 27, 2004
Box Office:
$59.4M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Love Actually

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (71) | DVD (33)

This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A highly engineered puffball.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie until, in the end, it went somewhat bonkers with what amounted to a communal love fest on Christmas Eve.

Full Review… | December 4, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.

December 3, 2003
The New Republic
Top Critic

... a terrific film.

Full Review… | November 11, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Love? Actually, no. More like disappointment, and, at times, hatred.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
Daily Telegraph

A long running time, too many characters and too much whimsy and corn make this romantic romp more of a slog than a soufflé.

Full Review… | February 21, 2012
Film Journal International

Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

Bombastic audience-hooting moments aside, Curtis has written his most accomplished film, finding the energy to direct the hell out of it as well. And it's even gloriously R-rated to boot.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
DVDTalk.com

Despite it's naivety, this is one of the most beautiful and heart warming movies to come around in years...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Loads of fun as long as your expectations aren't overly raised by the hype, the cast and the taglines.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Transfixed by the taboos of the...British class system, Curtis seems to think that nothing could be more erotic than the subordinate who fetches tea or dusts the crockery.

Full Review… | May 17, 2008

For the cuddlers out there who like things a little too light and fluffy.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Disconcertingly lubricious.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Observer [UK]

Without ever sounding a false note, this endearing ensemble holiday flick manages to be nuttier than Notting Hill, more satisfying than Bridget Jones' Diary, and even more intricate than Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

It's a perfectly respectable debut for Curtis.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Plenty of entertainment in this well acted ensemble comedy that Robert Altman could easily have put his name on.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
Cinema Sight

The film lives up to its hype.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Curtis has created a joyful, entertaining date movie that'll leave you with a smile on your face and an almost irresistible urge to hug somebody.

Full Review… | May 14, 2005
About.com

This is definitely a case of a writer-turned-director that is too in love with his own script to make hard choices about what to keep and what to cut.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
NYC Film Critic

Funny? Maybe. Not to me.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

Curtis has lost none of his touch, though the ending is somewhat muddled and 135 minutes is very long, even for a good romantic comedy.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Love Actually

An amazing ensemble pulls of a movie that if it were anyone else I prob would not like. I am a sucker for a good funny romantic movie and this one had everything. Incredible acting makes this a winner.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

I agree with RT's verdict. Too many stories, charming cast.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

It's All About Love... Actually.

Saw it again once again! Great Movie!!! Loved the stories in each equal way and the phrase "To me you're perfect" will forever be imprinted with me.

Everywhere you look, love is causing chaos. From the bachelor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who on his first day at 10 Downing Street, falls in love with the girl who brings him his tea, to a hopeless sandwich delivery guy who doesn't think he has a chance with the girls in the U.K., so he heads for Wisconsin. From aging rock stars, to a stony headmistress, to a monolingual Portuguese housemaid love arrives in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here, ten separate but intertwining stories of love all lead up to a big climax on Christmas Eve, proving that love is the driving force in all of these people's lives.

MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Some believe "Love Actually" is a senseless gimmick - a surface holiday love story with beautiful people... and not even a holiday story at that, as seen from recent vehement debates (and maybe not even beautiful people, owing to the goofus face of Kris Marshall who's at least got a big knob). For me and countless others though, never has so many intertwining stories meshed so well with the messages of peace, goodwill, love of all kinds, and even gifting. There is seriously no character or storyline that I don't like.

To those who say Jamie and Aurelia falling in love without speaking the same language is stupid and unrealistic, consider the intuitive connection that some people have and how they understand each other and communicate through actions and looks other than words, forming emotional bonds through the journey of misunderstanding and miscommunication.

To those who say Sarah's an idiot for answering her mentally ill brother's phone call in the middle of getting it on with hot Karl, consider how that obsessive impulse of hers is to show that she needs to take care of him as much as he needs taking are of, and perhaps that's why she shouldn't have a romantic relationship right now.

To those who hate Mia for seducing Harry, consider the slut-shaming double standard of women always being the seducers and the men always having no choice but to be seduced. Mia flirts with her married boss; he is still culpable for deceiving his wife.

To those who think Colin and the American quintet is misogynistic and anti-American, consider the pure, "lust, actually" fantasy fulfillment in an otherwise pretty earnest, British movie. In an arguable attempt at showing female agency, Colin is no longer the pushy manwhore; the women are now the pursuers, and their totally obvious macking techniques show that they are quite aware of the easy-American-girl-who-falls-for-foreigners stereotype, and they use it to their advantage.

To those who say Mark is a pansy for harboring romantic feelings for Juliet, a woman he seems to hardly know (as evidenced allegedly by their few scenes together), consider her honest self-deprecation (claiming she's nice aside from for her bad taste in pie), amiability (in hoping she and Mark can be better friends), and direct motivation (in pursuing the video she knows he clearly has). In sum, she HAS a personality and is certainly likable, even lovable. To those who say they are both douches - he for professing his feelings and she for kissing him - consider Mark's utterly agenda-less act of love as a gift of truth, friendship, and apology for his coldness, and Juliet's kiss as one of comfort and thanks.

I love "Love Actually," and anybody who doesn't should get a heart!

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Love Actually Quotes


Harry: [while waiting for Rufus to finally finish wrapping his gift] Almost finished? What else can there be? Are you going to dip it in yogurt? Cover it with chocolate buttons?
– Submitted by Brenda B (21 months ago)
Billy Mack: Let's get pissed and watch porn.
– Submitted by Charl V (23 months ago)
Jamie: It's my favorite time of the day.. driving you. Aurelia: It's the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
– Submitted by Cathy D (2 years ago)
Sam: Let's do it. Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love.
– Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
The Prime Minister: I love that word 'relationship' covers all manner of sins, doesn't it?
– Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
President of the United States of America: I'll give you anything you ask for, as long as it's not something I don't wanna give.
– Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)

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