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Must Love Dogs Reviews


Time Out
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Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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John Cusack and Diane Lane need to put out personal ads saying, 'Must have screenplay.'

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 1, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 29, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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As fantasies go, you could do a lot worse.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle
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The film gets more tepid as it goes along and ultimately just drifts off.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Thanks to its splendid lead players, Must Love Dogs has the affable, cuddly charm that its title so hopefully invokes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 29, 2005
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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Stands as yet another example of how easy it is for filmmakers to fail at romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 29, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's OK to be retro with your screen romance, but retro shouldn't feel this inept.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Lately, Hollywood has gotten so obsessed with doing big things badly, it seems to have forgotten how to do small things well.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 29, 2005
David Gilmour
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

July 29, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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While Lane is her typical winning self, the film is mawkish.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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

July 29, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Calling it a dog is an insult to canines.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

July 29, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Unless you have an affection for scrawny, slobbery face-licking films with no bite or bark, don't even think about it.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

July 29, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 29, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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

July 29, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Just when you think you have Goldberg figured, he springs fresh surprises.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Must Love Dogs proves that you can teach an old genre new tricks.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 28, 2005
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

July 28, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 28, 2005
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 28, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

July 28, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2005
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 28, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

July 28, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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This is a movie of fake conflict, fake heart, even fake doggy love.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

July 27, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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That's it. I'm divorcing Diane Lane.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 26, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2005
Justin Chang
Variety
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Even when it doesn't entirely succeed, Goldberg's literate screenplay has an old-fashioned, almost preternaturally classy vibe.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 25, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A thoroughly conventional romantic comedy with all the usual trimmings.

July 25, 2005
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