Love Don't Cost a Thing Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Missed opportunity full of dubious messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 12, 2009
"Love Don't Cost A Thing" is loosely based on the 1987 teen comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," and fails to improve on that tepid movie by using a milieu of black high school students.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
High school films don't have to be dull or juvenile; this one suffers tremendously from the former.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 15, 2004
...the movie borders on cruelty to its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 13, 2004
It isn't entertaining enough to get away with its minimal contributions to familiar material.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 31, 2003
If you tried to be in the "in" crowd -- then this is going to be even more painful. In fact, even if you're in the "in" crowd, you'll find this painful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 31, 2003
[I]t's hard to see any crying need to remake a film that was tacky the last time around, or to make this the black teen - excuse me, "urban" - film of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 25, 2003
If you remake a mediocre movie, you get another mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 23, 2003
Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 21, 2003
Rent the original instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 21, 2003
Another uninspired remake of a movie that was never crying out for revisitation in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 21, 2003
Here's another needless remake that's a shadow of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 19, 2003
This hip-hop flavored remake of 1987's Can't Buy Me Love is woefully botched on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
December 19, 2003
The African-American film community deserves better than a mediocre comedy pulled from the cinematic icebox.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
Short on charm, purpose or laughs.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 17, 2003
Love may not cost a thing, but this movie'll cost you the price of a ticket -- and more of your time than it's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
December 16, 2003
I found it cute. There are some rough spots, of course, but the movie has a lot of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 16, 2003
Ah, true equality: not being held to a higher standard and, accordingly, producing the same kind of gender-blind garbage about which it appears useless to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
December 16, 2003
Since Cannon and Milian have to squash any frisson to avoid sinking into pure escort-service sleaze, there's not much rom in the rom-com.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 15, 2003
... dopey sit com stuff ...
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