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Loverboy (2006)

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17

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 29

The transition from novel to film is awkwardly executed, and Sedgwick's character, despite the attempts to make her sympathetic, merely comes across as creepy and crazy.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

The transition from novel to film is awkwardly executed, and Sedgwick's character, despite the attempts to make her sympathetic, merely comes across as creepy and crazy.

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A mother once neglected as child but possessed of a heart overflowing with love grows increasingly despondent as her beloved child begins to claim his independence in director Kevin Bacon's adaptation of Victoria Redel's best-selling novel. If loving too much were a crime, well-meaning but overbearing mother Emily (Kyra Sedgwick) would be spending life behind bars with no hope of parole. When Emily was a child, her parents were deeply in love with one another but tragically indifferent to their

Sep 26, 2006

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Long before the 86-minute film runs its course, you'll want to bolt from your seat and call Child Protective Services.

July 20, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Even though Loverboy is only 86 minutes long, as it wore on, I wore out.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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There is a lot of skill on display here and a great performance but I can't recommend it either because this woman is so clearly and obviously abusive and insane.

June 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Emily is a complicated woman, all right, but she's a difficult person to spend an entire movie with.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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First-time director Kevin Bacon (Mr. Sedgwick) cleverly maintains a balance of discomfiting and familiar by jumping nimbly around Emily's life.

June 16, 2006
New York Post
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The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Remarkably unsubtle and by-the-numbers, and thanks to some curious plotting, it's also a bit shrill and unpleasant.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If the situations are intentionally unreal, Sedgwick's performance could not be more real.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

[Bacon's] overly stylized direction is distracting at first and then quickly becomes oppressive ...

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A creepy misfire.

June 23, 2006
Reel.com

Except for the kid, what we have are a bunch of ageing ingénues grateful for the work and doing their best.

June 17, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

It all adds up to an unfortunate misfire: a film at odds with both its source material and itself.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Almost everything is annotated, or explained by incessant voice-over. This is its own form of suffocation, and the ideas and themes feel like they've been mothered too much.

June 16, 2006
Philadelphia Daily News

It makes for a deeply uncomfortable moviegoing experience -- but unfortunately not one with enough behavioral insight to justify the pain.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Freud might have found something interesting here, but for most of us it's just a crazy mom movie, whatever contrivances the filmmakers use to make it all seem more profound.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film runs out of steam by revealing too much, too soon.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Sedgwick does her best with the material, but the script is enamored with cloying dialogue and irritating voiceover, and Bacon's direction relies on shtick and gimmicks. We got no love for Loverboy.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
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Audience Reviews for Loverboy

[font=Century Gothic]In "Loverboy," Emily(Kyra Sedgwick) has decided to be the kind of parent her parents(Kevin Bacon & Marisa Tomei) never were.(All her memories of them are unpleasant and border on caricature.) Her first step is to give birth to her baby on her own with the help of a vast selection of sperm donors. When that does not work, she succeeds after a one night stand in Chicago. After the baby is born, she buys a house in Yonkers with cash.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Kevin Bacon, "Loverboy" is an insipid movie about motherhood that takes the conservative stance that all independently single mothers are kooks.(Admittedly, Kyra Sedgwick does have a way with playing neurotics, as demonstrated in "The Closer," especially when pastry is involved.) The movie naively believes that love is needed in making a baby when all is required is one unhappy accident. And there is nothing wrong with home schooling a child, even if some parents do it for religious reasons. Anyway, I think all parents, single or married, are selfish to one degree or another.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]And hey is that Sandra Bullock?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott and Matt Dillon were also in "Singles."[/font]
July 28, 2007
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Walter M.

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A surprisingly well-made drama with a stunning ending.
July 20, 2008
adfill7

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On the one hand, I hate Emily for being so selfish (a characteristic possibly passed down by her parents). On the other hand, the way she was portrayed by K. Sedg makes me feel that I'm being too judgemental. One question I have is how did the Emily of the 70s (the Life On Mars singing Emily) turn into the nutbag Emily of present day? She seemed so normal as a child. Sandra Bullock gave an incredible depth to her character who made only cameo appearances. For the funniest performance given a background extra EVER, skip to the part where Paul/Loverboy meets the school children for the first time (watch the boy third from the left). Hilarious.
April 26, 2008
robfearon

Super Reviewer

Great movie!
December 26, 2007
iLeo
Leo L

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    1. Emily: There is no falling in love like falling in love with a child.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Emily: My equation was simple. Many men equals no father.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Emily: I was careful to choose only men whose genetic flowering showed something splendid.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Harker: Hey, Emily. Don't let any boys give you trouble, okay? All you have to remember is that deep down inside, they're all afraid of girls.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
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