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P.S. (2004)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: Laura Linney is as watchable as ever, but the melancholy P.S. never finds its footing.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: Laura Linney is as watchable as ever, but the melancholy P.S. never finds its footing.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 6,482


Movie Info

Directed by Dylan Kidd, P.S. follows Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorcee who works in Columbia University's School of Fine Arts and at first glance seems utterly satisfied with her life. The thirties-odd woman has found success in the workplace, is respected among her peers, and is fairly confident in her own abilities -- yet, she can't help but feel something is missing. When she arranges to interview a prospective student at least 15 years younger than she is, she's shocked to find … More

R (for language and sexuality)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Dylan Kidd , Helen Schulman
In Theaters:
Feb 8, 2005
Box Office:
Newmarket Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for P.S.

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (36) | DVD (10)

Linney directs her scenes from within them, holding our attention and keeping the focus on her confusion, her pain and her hope.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Both genders are programmed by eons of Darwinian genetic strategy, and so we believe them, and because Linney and Grace are sexy and play well together, the age gap is not a barrier so much as additional seasoning.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Despite an excellent supporting cast something in p.s. goes mushy and implausible.

Full Review… | November 18, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Can't seem to make up its mind whether it's a romantic comedy, a drama or a psychological thriller and settles for being an odd -- and unbelievable -- hybrid of all three.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The only reason to this ultra-modest, underwhelming indie is Laura Linney's performance as a mature woman falling for a man half her age.

Full Review… | July 9, 2011

A hidden gem, worth hunting for...

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

The actors elevate the material a bit, but they can't escape the fact that the movie only has vague goals set for itself.

Full Review… | December 19, 2004

It's a romantic comedy-drama that's every bit as unpredictable, offbeat and assured as Kidd's first film, although some third-act problems keep it from real greatness.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Strains credibility.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

p.s. is a showcase for Linney, who juggles Louise's many self-contradictions ... in a bright and humor-filled performance.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Salt Lake Tribune

When the film dispenses with its Harlequinish plot foolishness and flies on the director's considerable instinct, it's a gas.

Full Review… | December 4, 2004

An interesting misstep...the lead performances are superb, but even they can't make up for the hard-to-swallow story.

Full Review… | November 26, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

No matter how good Laura Linney is, she can't overcome this movie that goes nowhere and has nothing really interesting to say.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004

Lost me about halfway through and never got me back.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Kansas City Star

...menopausal drama full of hot flashes and preposterous plot turns. P.S., Linney overacts too.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004

p.s. wanders off on story tangents that can't be called anything other than bizarre, but nevertheless oddly engages.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Dylan Kidd is back with an intimate and endearing love story featuring some exceptional performances and solid writing.**

Full Review… | November 11, 2004

Provides a sort of middlebrow mainstream rom-com conventions-satisfied satisfaction.

Full Review… | November 10, 2004
Film Freak Central

With Roger Dodger, Kidd knew that his strength was in creating two compelling characters, so he left everyone else in the background. This time he's stretching, and it shows.

November 9, 2004

P.S. offers two plum roles for stars Laura Linney and Topher Grace and at least three plots for them to unravel

Full Review… | November 8, 2004
Washington Times

Audience Reviews for P.S.

An admissions officer for Columbia gets involved with an applicant whose name reminds her of a man from her past.
The performances by Laura Linney and Topher Grace save this film from the miasma of self-indulgence that it threatens to fall into. Linney, in particular, conveys a whole palette of emotion, from insecure lust to confident determination, and Grace sprinkles in sensitivity to his douchey character.
While the plot doesn't pay off and there's an important scene in a hotel room that leaves the audience wondering if it got spliced in from another movie, the story is good enough to provide Linney opportunity to show off her acting chops.
Overall, I like Linney enough to follow her into this poorly constructed film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Cast: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, Jennifer Carta, Ross A. McIntyre, Chris Meyer, Becki Newton, Stacy Lynn Spierer

Director: Dylan Kidd

Summary: College admissions officer Louise Harrington (Laura Linney), a divorced woman in her late thirties, is looking for someone special enough to put her heart on the line, but the only man she's ever loved died 20 years ago. When a college applicant, Scott (Topher Grace), appears to be her true love reincarnated, will Louise finally find the happiness she seeks? Or is Scott just playing along to get into the Ivy League?

My Thoughts: "Wonderful cast. I wasn't blown away with the story, but it was definitely interesting. Louise Harrington, is a woman longing for the past. She spends her time thinking about the "what ifs" in life. When F. Scott Feinstadt comes in the picture is when it gets odd. He looks, speaks, and acts just like her high school boyfriend and happens to share his name. She comes somewhat intrigued with him and a bit obsessed. The whole story is a bit weird and it never really goes anywhere. But interesting none the less."


Super Reviewer

Odd, but it was pretty good.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

The most beautiful parts of the movie don't really push the plot forward: F. Scott "painting" Louise, Louise's imagine-yourself monologue. And by plot, I mean the "metaphysical" quandary that is the supposed donnee of the movie. The real let-down is that there IS no metaphysical payoff; it's all just coincidence that F. Scott resembles Scott so much. Decent performances but F. Scott's is such a douche. If he's really not the dead-lover-reincarnated, I don't find his personality redeemable enough for Louise to actually fall for him.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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