Love Is All You Need (2013)



Critic Consensus: Undeniably slight and fluffy, Love Is All You Need is redeemed by its picturesque setting and warm performances by Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.

Movie Info

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is directed by Golden Globe (R) and Oscar (R) winning filmmaker Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness, who's just been left by her husband for a younger woman, Thilde. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to … More

Rating: R (for brief sexuality, nudity and some language)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Susanne Bier, Anders Thomas Jensen, Anders Thomasjensen
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On DVD: Sep 10, 2013
Box Office: $1.6M
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Critic Reviews for Love Is All You Need

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (32)

Result: sufficient pleasure.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The middle-aged romance between the central characters is a lovely thing, and that makes up for everything.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Hearst Newspapers
Top Critic

Bier is daring to deal with both familial dysfunction and mature romance without painting either in the standard broad strokes.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

We've seen enough romantic comedy to know these two are destined to fall for each other, but Bier is that rare filmmaker who can make you wonder if there will actually be a happy ending.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Pierce Brosnan isn't the only reason to see Love is All You Need. He's merely the best reason to seek out Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's entertaining if familiar romantic comedy.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

I lost count of how many times "That's Amore" turned up on the soundtrack, and the comic situations are so stale that the whole thing plays like a Scandinavian Tyler Perry movie.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Is All You Need

Pierce Brosnan in a Danish film. How about them apples! Anyway, this was a decent movie. A little sappy. A lot predictable. The plot was kind of nutty. Really nothing earth shattering here.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


'Love Is All You Need'. Brosnan and Dyrholm turn in two great performances, but the screenplay makes weak choices in creating conflict.

Brosnan and Dyrholm's characters are well fleshed out, and undergo a cliched, yet well acted arc. Then there are the extremely poorly written husband sister-in-law. There's nothing good about these two, and they seem there to move the story and character development of others along, doing so in a rather crude manner that made me cringe. This unevenness totally disappoints, and takes away from the film as a whole.

Brosnan is a most pleasant surprise!


Super Reviewer


In "Love Is All You Need," Ida(Trine Dyrholm) is in remission from breast cancer, choosing not to have reconstruction surgery because her husband Leif(Kim Bodnia) would not care. Which is ironic, considering she catches him having sex with Thilde from Accounting(Christiane Schaumburg-Muller). That complicates the wedding of their daughter Astrid(Molly Blixt Egelind) in Italy that is rapidly approaching. All of which might excuse Ida accidentally backing her car into the one belonging to Philip(Pierce Brosnan) who is also the father of Patrick(Sebastian Jessen) who is getting married to Astrid.

"Love Is All You Need" starts spectacularly tone deaf, and spends the rest of its time fruitlessly trying to find one consistent tone in two different countries. That is, as subplots have the movie going in every direction at once while getting nowhere quickly. And then there is Pierce Brosnan whose first, second and third instincts are to Cary Grant his way out of every situation while in this case playing a man who is supposedly dead inside. At least, the Italian scenery is very nice to look at, even while the human characters threaten to ruin the view at every turn.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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