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Must Love Dogs (2005)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 95

Despite good work from its likable leads, the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs is too predictable.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 22

Despite good work from its likable leads, the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs is too predictable.



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A woman finds herself drafted into the battle of finding the perfect man in this romantic comedy. Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) is a kindergarten teacher in her mid-thirties who is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of her divorce eight months ago. While her sisters, Christine (Ali Hillis) and Carol (Elizabeth Perkins), both think Sarah needs to start dating again, Sarah herself isn't so sure. Carol decides to force the issue by posting Sarah's photo and profile on an Internet dating site,


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Gary David Goldberg

Dec 20, 2005


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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (95) | DVD (26)

John Cusack and Diane Lane need to put out personal ads saying, 'Must have screenplay.'

August 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source:
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As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The real reason for taking a chance on this minor summer confection would be to catch up on the life of an unbilled hero: Lloyd Dobler.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Thanks to its splendid lead players, Must Love Dogs has the affable, cuddly charm that its title so hopefully invokes.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A goofy, euphoric amorous adventure in matchmaking cyberspace.

May 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

An insult to the viewer's intelligence, which sticks to silly slapstick while failing to get around to making a mature statement about relationships.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

If not for the talent and natural charisma of its star, Diane Lane, this would be an entirely worthless enterprise.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I wouldn't call the movie a dog, but I didn't love it either. Our search for the next Great Romantic Comedy, like so many Hollywood singletons' quest for love, continues.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

What went wrong? The script is a bit dodgy and the actors seem to be going through the motions.

September 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...the film is ultimately difficult to resist, though it's clear that those who generally dislike this sort of thing will really hate this.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Must Love Dogs could have used a longer leash and a lot more frolicking in the park.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Like a good song that makes you think it sounds familiar, when it is actually brand new, this girl meets boy story is simply crammed with appealing elements

October 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Diane Lane makes an extremely appealing lead and there's good chemistry between her and Cusack, perhaps because of their shared history at the edges of the Brat Pack in the 1980s.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Cusack in particular seems to have embellished his role with an assortment of verbal quirks that suggest he wasn't too happy with what was on the page.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

If only the whole script had been as sharp as some of Cusack's caustic one-liners, then this might have appealed to more than just the Chardonnay brigade.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This lazily conceived movie wouldn't be much without the strength of its cast, which saves it the string of cliches that might have buried it.

September 1, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Let me tell you: Having my feet scraped with a scapel and rubbed down with acid by my podiatrist was more enjoyable than sitting through this miserable film.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

Manages to be engaging, even though the plot is badly underdeveloped.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An inconsequential, harmless piece of moderately cute fluff

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Uma produção sem entusiasmo ou vida, o que é fatal para seus propósitos.

August 25, 2005
Cinema em Cena

The big, dumb movie of the summer for those who can remember Richard Nixon in the White House.

August 19, 2005
Fresno Bee

Nowhere near as good as its stars due to stagy dialogue, but still a sweet experience.

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Attractive, witty, and exceedingly cute movie seeks undiscerning viewers for good times and more!

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

While you must love dogs, it's ok if you just really like the movie. What I love is the match John Cusack and Diane Lane make on camera.

August 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Must Love Dogs

Average film, with a few funny scenes. It's been a long time since I've watched this film and I only vaguely remember it. Shows how good it is... The funniest scene was most probably when he tried getting a condom. The only part that really had me laughing. Other than that, nothing brilliant.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Average romantic comedy. I originally rated this only two stars, but five years on from first viewing, I am a little older and can relate a bit more to Diane Lane's depressed late 30's divorcee.
Diane is obviously very attractive for her age, and I like John Cusack, but I have to say the main problem here is that they are not at all a convincing couple. She seems a little too conventional for him, and I never really bought them as an item at all.
Any "aah" moments I had were gooing over the beautiful big dog. Probably not a great thing in a romantic film. There are a few laughs here, such as her answering her own father's personal add, and Stockard Channing is fantastic as Dolly, but it's not enough to make this a must see,
Not bad for a weekend rental, but ultimately falls flat.
July 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

I liked it as much as a non-American female 40 something divorcee could (No offence intended to American female 40 something divorcees). It wasn't terrible, there are plenty worse out there. I did like Christopher Plummer's penny speech, that was lovely, he really is one of the last truly great actors.
April 16, 2010

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