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Love Actually Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
A highly engineered puffball.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 4, 2003
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 3, 2003
Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 11, 2003
... a terrific film.
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November 10, 2003
It's terrific fun for an hour, but by the last of its 129 minutes you might find yourself going into insulin shock.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 8, 2003
There are no fewer than nine interlocking and overlapping love stories in Richard Curtis' deadly epic sprawl of a romantic comedy, Love Actually. By the end of the movie, that's nine too many.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
There's enough that's right about Love to compensate for what's wrong with it.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
If listing the cast of Love Actually is exhausting, it's even more tiring to watch it.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 7, 2003
Love Actually is irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 7, 2003
A form of emotional hardcore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2003
It's no hardship whatsoever to sit through Love Actually ... But if Curtis could have sharpened his focus, and trusted his actors a bit more, Love Actually could have been splendid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2003
Love Actually , Curtis' holiday-themed directing debut, abandons any pretext of sophistication for gloppy sentimentality, sugary pop songs and bawdy humor -- an approach that works about half the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 7, 2003
It's too busy with too many stories to tell. But there's so much heart and silly fun and genuine sentiment here, delivered by an A-list of Brit and American talent that it's hard to fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 7, 2003
Yet another pandering, half-baked romantic comedy.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 7, 2003
Slick but uneven romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 7, 2003
This movie is so unfunny, uninspired and unoriginal I swear it could have started out as a club-footed Coen Brothers vehicle for George Clooney.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 7, 2003
[Curtis] is nothing if not capable of creating merry, madcap romantic comedy, and he punctuates the purposely hackneyed developments and labyrinthian structure with sly wit and sprightly pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 7, 2003
Curtis shows the same eccentric humanism and charm that gave him Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 7, 2003
It pushes its 'love is good' message with such insistence, so many cheery pop tunes, airport hugs, coincidences and teary smiles, that it feels like one long commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 7, 2003
Perfectly wonderful if not completely perfect.
| Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2003
Love Actually won't last you. Still, while you're enjoying it: Yummy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 7, 2003
Love Actually will delight moviegoers who think that more really is more. Cynics who prefer their twee without sugar are advised to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 7, 2003
The movie's only flaw is also a virtue: It's jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn't want to leave anything out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 7, 2003
Curtis throws every gag he can think of at the screen and the ones that don't stick, he throws again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 7, 2003
Love Actually isn't deep, but it can be amusing. If its parts are better than the whole, at least it has parts that provide real laughs.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 7, 2003
Love Actually plays like a greatest-hits album of modern British comedy, spinning all your favorite tunes in just the right order.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 7, 2003
From top to bottom, Love Actually is a sparkler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 7, 2003
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 7, 2003
The perfect Christmas confection.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2003
The creators of Love Actually clearly believe that if a movie has enough charm, it doesn't need depth. In the case of Love Actually, they are absolutely right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 6, 2003
Love Actually is just about impossible to dislike, even if you really, really want to.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 6, 2003
A patchwork of contrived naughtiness and forced pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 6, 2003
Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 6, 2003
Love Actually is to the romantic-comedy genre what a Sherman tank is to sport- utility vehicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2003
A warm, benevolent comedy whose characters gradually become your dear friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2003
It's going to make a lot of holiday romantics feel very, very good; watching it, I felt cozy and charmed myself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 6, 2003
Individually, the tales wouldn't stand up as short stories. Together, they make for sporadically amusing, ultimately wearying viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 6, 2003
As bright and cheery as a string of Christmas lights.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 5, 2003
If you're going to have your emotional responses shunted around like a gear stick, it might as well be by someone who writes dialogue as funny as Curtis does.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 4, 2003
When he isn't overreaching for absurdity, Curtis can write bouncy patter, but each character gets about 60 seconds before the movie jumps deck to the next love-seeker and the next moony pratfall.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 4, 2003
As a director, Curtis can't seem to rein in his writer.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2003
There are times when all of this goodwill feels a tad forced and artificial, but, on balance, Love Actually is appealing and genial with plenty of solid laughs, and worthy of a recommendation for those who appreciate this kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 24, 2003
A roundly entertaining romantic comedy, Love Actually is still nearly as cloying as it is funny.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 23, 2003
Curtis imbues his tales of broken hearts and ecstatic adoration with a festive passion and a cheerful optimism that sweeps the viewer up.