Must Love Dogs Reviews

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Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 9, 2005

These everyday people are easier to relate to than typical romantic comedy subjects, but they're subject to the same deluded proceedings.

Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
August 9, 2005

Despite its stars, despite its premise, and despite the presence of cute canines, "Must Love Dogs" is the most bland romantic comedy of the summer. Possibly of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 6, 2005

Everything that happens here has happened in dozens of romantic comedies before. If you're thinking of going to see Dogs, all I can say is: you've already seen it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 5, 2005

But the movie does find fresh ways to tweak the formula, making it more than the sum of its broad strokes.

Erik Childress
August 4, 2005

A romantic comedy so generic that its label AND what's inside is nothing but a black-and-white checklist of the lamest rom-com clichés ever invented.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 4, 2005

The best way to combat a lackluster script is good casting, and Diane Lane, John Cusack and Christopher Plummer are quite the foot soldiers in Must Love Dogs.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 4, 2005

I wish [Lane and Cusack] had a better script to work with in this cyber-dating comedy ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Collin Souter
August 2, 2005

There needs to be a master list out there of conventional Romantic Comedy clichés and gestures that filmmakers and writers can refer to so as not to play to them ever again.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 1, 2005

For better and worse, the pieces comprising Must Love Dogs are borrowed from every other romantic comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jackie K. Cooper
August 1, 2005

To say Diane Lane would have trouble finding a date moves this movie into the science fiction realm

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
August 1, 2005

The makers of "Must Love Dogs" clearly have an affection towards canines but they didn't seem to even like the audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
August 1, 2005

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

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 1, 2005

Writer-director Gary David Goldberg relies so much on the predetermined beats of sitcom writing that Must Love Dogs is too stiff to qualify as lightweight.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
July 31, 2005

...the first 75 minutes are sophomoric, foolish, unrealistic, unfunny, and contrived, if not puerile, ignorant, and ill-informed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
July 31, 2005

It's hard to cheer for a film that wears a slight sneer when it comes to its leading lady.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
July 30, 2005

a predictable and genial romantic comedy that's not very romantic and never really all that funn

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 30, 2005

Lane and Cusack create characters who are genuine, funny and romantic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 30, 2005

Tepid sitcom romantic-comedy that's not a bow-wow but never gets out of the doghouse.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Harvey S. Karten
July 30, 2005

Rolls over and plays dead.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
July 30, 2005

Perfect for a girl's night out.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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