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A Prelude to a Kiss (1992)

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40

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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Movie Info

In this quirky romantic comedy about soul transference, Alec Baldwin plays Peter Hoskins, the straight-laced head of the microfiche department at a company that publishes scientific journals. When he meets a free-spirited, sleep-deprived bartender named Rita (Meg Ryan), the opposites attract and launch into a round-the-clock romance characterized by private jokes and an intense connection that defies description. When the two decide to marry, however, an unforeseeable cosmic occurrence entirely

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Craig Lucas

Jan 9, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (9) | DVD (9)

This Prelude to a Kiss is not only without charm and wit, but it's also clumsily set forth: many people seeing it may wonder what, in heaven's name, is going on.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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As a reflexive meditation on the nature of love in the AIDS era, this erio-comedy is poignant but it still bears too much the theatrical sensibility of the source material.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The body-switching gimmick shouldn't work, but it really does.

February 17, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

So-so romantic comedy fantasy that barely gets by.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This adult fairy tale gives us a glimpse of our unity with others and celebrates the enduring power of love.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Are romantic comedies supposed to give you the willies?

May 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...a gentle, romantic fantasy that will delight most viewers and leave a few others scratching their heads.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for A Prelude to a Kiss

A dumb little tale about old men jumping bodies after kissing brides and all hell breaking loose. Don't resolve itself very creatively.
February 24, 2012
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Prelude to a kiss is a nice little film without as much personality as its two star actors, Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan could have given it with a better script. They're the main reason for this film working. It's not overly funny, not overly romantic, but it somehow works.

I would recommend it to fans of romance movies, but not many others.
June 6, 2012
cenzano38

Super Reviewer

A Prelude to a Kiss is a strange but likable movie. It's about a dieing old man that switches bodies with a bride (Meg Ryan) on her wedding day.
March 7, 2009
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