Love Don't Cost a Thing Reviews

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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
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Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
January 15, 2004
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 23, 2003
Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2003
Short on charm, purpose or laughs.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 13, 2003
It has better values than the original, a little more poignancy, some sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 13, 2003
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 12, 2003
This variation certainly makes its points effectively, in what must be a more superheated milieu.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 12, 2003
A movie as forgettable as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
December 12, 2003
The blandly obvious story of high-school romance and the venal, materialistic, self-involved teens who inhabit its suburban California setting couldn't be less interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2003
Clocking in at 105 minutes, Love Don't Cost a Thing drags for stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2003
A charmless, Afro-centric spin on Can't Buy Me Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 12, 2003
Nothing more than a cynical attempt to dress a blah story in bling-bling fashion.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 12, 2003
Where the original was slight but sweet, the remake is depressingly superficial and cynical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 12, 2003
As a romantic comedy, the movie misses an important transition: When exactly, during Alvin's transformation from loser to fatuous blowhard, does Paris fall for him?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 12, 2003
Most of us have seen this movie before, and seen it done better.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 12, 2003
Generic but harmless comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 12, 2003
This teen ugly-duckling comedy can't rise above the level of your average TV sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2003
Flat and witless and moves at the speed of a mid-tempo ballad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2003
The production is a haphazard rendering of the original Michael Swerdlick script that's incapable of sticking to any one tone or character motivation long enough to give the viewer any reason to care about the outcome.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 11, 2003
A sexed-up Afterschool Special pretty much guaranteed to render audiences comatose.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
December 11, 2003
There are unlearned lessons, too, including the one about the propriety of a teenage girl's entering into a relationship that, whether or not sex is required, amounts to soft-core prostitution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2003
One of those rare films about teenagers that tries to be both sassy and sweet -- and succeeds on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
December 11, 2003
In true Hollywood fashion, this remake conjures up only about 80 percent of the appeal of its source, leaving the viewer with the question: Was this film really necessary?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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AV Club
December 11, 2003
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 11, 2003
The direction is pedestrian and slipshod.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
December 11, 2003
Cannon is an uncomfortable presence on screen, both as the dorky Alvin and as his transformed self, stylin' Al.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
December 10, 2003
You realize you're watching a snuff film, where the victim isn't just teen innocence but teen romance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 9, 2003
An atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4