Must Love Dogs Reviews

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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
John Cusack and Diane Lane need to put out personal ads saying, 'Must have screenplay.'
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 29, 2005
It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 29, 2005
As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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San Francisco Chronicle
July 29, 2005
The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 29, 2005
Thanks to its splendid lead players, Must Love Dogs has the affable, cuddly charm that its title so hopefully invokes.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
July 29, 2005
Stands as yet another example of how easy it is for filmmakers to fail at romantic comedy.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2005
It's OK to be retro with your screen romance, but retro shouldn't feel this inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2005
Lately, Hollywood has gotten so obsessed with doing big things badly, it seems to have forgotten how to do small things well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 29, 2005
A romantic comedy is only as irresistible as are its temporarily star-crossed lovers. By this barometer, the enjoyably breezy Must Love Dogs boasts quite a pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 29, 2005
Did Lane and John Cusack really have to put themselves through this? Here are two first-rate actors in the embarrassing situation of playing blithering misfits in a lame comedy of errors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
Be warned. When the makers of Must Love Dogs want you to like somebody, they slam your hand in a drawer until you say uncle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 29, 2005
While Lane is her typical winning self, the film is mawkish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 29, 2005
Diane Lane and John Cusack have such terrific chemistry together in the genial romantic comedy Must Love Dogs that it's a wonder these two veteran performers have never been teamed before.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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July 29, 2005
Calling it a dog is an insult to canines.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 29, 2005
Unless you have an affection for scrawny, slobbery face-licking films with no bite or bark, don't even think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2005
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 29, 2005
Must Love Dogs treats originality as if it were a disease, passing up almost every attempt to include the kind of ingredients that might take someone by surprise.
| Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 29, 2005
Just when you think you have Goldberg figured, he springs fresh surprises.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 28, 2005
Must Love Dogs proves that you can teach an old genre new tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2005
Director Gary David Goldberg has said he gave the script to Cusack to add his own touches, resulting in some clever and engaging repartee with Diane Lane, another intelligent and likable actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2005
It takes Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing and Christopher Plummer and forces them to reenact the entire unabridged Encyclopedia of Treasured Romantic Comedy Clichés and Chestnuts, Revised Second Edition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
July 28, 2005
The latest installment in film's ongoing habit of hooking itself up, Iditarod-like, to man's best friend for a little uplift in the adorability department.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 28, 2005
Must Love Dogs is an Internet dating comedy so weightless that it makes a trifle like You've Got Mail look like Chekhov.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2005
Must Love Dogs is a film that won't inspire love or hate. It's just sort of there: An inoffensive way to spend an evening. Just remember, you can't get those 107 minutes of your life back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2005
Must Love Dogs, though, has some things a lot of today's romantic comedies don't have and need badly: smart dialogue, bright characters and a pair of lovers who don't look as if they belong at a college bash or in a gossip column.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2005
On what planet does Diane Lane, she of the double-dip-sundae bod, whipped-cream face, and cinnamon hair, go dateless? Only on planet Hollywood, where she is routinely cast as an underappreciated wife or overlooked single.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2005
Must Love Dogs is like a puppy with big brown eyes and a wagging tail who weeps with eagerness to lick your hand, but you take a look around the pound and decide to adopt the sad-eyed beagle who looks as if she has seen a thing or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
July 28, 2005
At once over- and under-written, and peppered with tiresome coincidences and misunderstandings, Goldberg's mechanical, joke-one, joke-two, joke-three approach to ensemble screenwriting soon betrays his TV-sitcom roots.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 28, 2005
It manages to rework genre conventions with an exuberant wit and an authentic feel for the fits-and-starts madness of the mating game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 28, 2005
A somewhat generic romantic comedy blessed with a generous heart, bright dialogue and irresistible stars. Plus, it's not averse to taking risks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2005
This is a movie of fake conflict, fake heart, even fake doggy love.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
July 26, 2005
That's it. I'm divorcing Diane Lane.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 26, 2005
Bland and forgettable -- a romantic comedy with affable characters and some funny lines, but where love never really takes flight. It fizzles when it should sizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 25, 2005
Even when it doesn't entirely succeed, Goldberg's literate screenplay has an old-fashioned, almost preternaturally classy vibe.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 25, 2005
A thoroughly conventional romantic comedy with all the usual trimmings.