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P.S. I Love You (2007)

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24

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 77

Hilary Swank is miscast as the romantic lead in this clichéd film about loss and love.

13

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 28

Hilary Swank is miscast as the romantic lead in this clichéd film about loss and love.

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A grieving widow finds her husband's warmth radiating from the afterlife when she discovers that he left her a series of tasks to be revealed in ten monthly messages and designed to help her overcome her sorrow while gradually making the transition into a new life. Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) is a New York real estate broker whose good-humored husband, Irishman Gerry (Gerard Butler), always stood by her side. Suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, Gerry succumbs to a brain tumor and Holly is

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Richard LaGravenese, Steven Rogers

May 7, 2008

$53.5M

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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (77) | DVD (4)

There's just enough here to recommend.

December 26, 2007 | Comment (1)
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Snippets of sharp, witty dialogue are lost in a sea of sappy clichés and too-cute-for-words plot twists.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Some actors are better suited to straight-ahead dramas. Swank appears to be one of them.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It's the sort of movie that no man will ever go to unless dragged by a woman. His sole reward will be the sight of Swank in sexy underwear.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (5)
Toronto Star
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The talented Swank is slumming a bit here, but she could -- and has -- done worse.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This is a movie that will leave you stunned and stupefied from beginning to end, if you don't head for the exits first.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
San Francisco Chronicle
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I hated every calculated second of it with a passion.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

...a consistently watchable romantic comedy that's certainly a far cry from its underwhelming brethren...

January 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Shmoopy or not, the movie worked for me.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Comment (1)

Lisa Kudrow, the designated comic relief, has never been so consistently unfunny, and Gina Gershon looks uncomfortable in every (pseudo-)inspirational moment.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hilary Swank may have two Oscars, but P.S. I Love You proves she has plenty to learn about romantic comedies.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Richard LaGravense's P.S. I Love You has plenty of sappy love-letter moments, but it's also a very touching and real-feeling look at the grieving process.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

You get the strong impression that no one involved wanted to risk being labeled "depressing," so they inserted a lot of lame comic moments into a film that doesn't need them.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

May be too womanly for a guy like me, but you don't have to be either sex to know all potential is dashed in a hail of clichés...

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Swank gets it just right with a fine-tuned subtle expression of confusion, despondency and rage.

May 4, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

...the filmmakers mean well, but instead of a celebration of life, the whole thing seems like an extended wake.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It was Irish overkill. There didn't seem to be a chronological plan with the letters, so poor Holly is just forced to sit and wait to hear from her dead husband.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Talk about uneven. 'P.S. I Love You' is more uneven than an emery board, and every bit as grating when it misses its mark, which is more often than not.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Better than the best kiss you've ever had.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Heart 106.2
Heart 106.2

For all his plain-speaking, down-homey affect, Harry Connick, Jr. remains something of a mystery.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Romantic comedy is too tragic for all-out laughs.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It could have been better, but it's good enough to be a solid girls' night out flick.

January 2, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Atlantic City Weekly

Lame.

January 2, 2008

Punch line should read P.S. I Love You %u2013 If you can sit through this 2 hour film and not become nauseated.

January 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

P.S. I Love You runs 126 minutes, and that extra half-hour bloats the material into an ugly mishmash in which the attempts at comedy are excruciating and the drama gets diluted by needless set-pieces.

December 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for P.S. I Love You

Interesting movie. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a spouse die on you, but what Gerry does for Holly is pretty special.
November 3, 2013
Redlats

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The premise is so unbelievable I can't believe no one questions it: dying husband plans grieving wife's moves months in advance. How does he know??? "No one cares, its just a plot device, and the story's sooo sad..." I kept waiting for a letter to arrive out of the planned order. Anyway, a chick flick about love that reaches from beyond the grave ... and about getting on with living. The actors are good.
April 23, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

There is not much too this film, and it is very cliched, but the final product, for what it is, is very well done. Hilary Swank leads this film, and although the film begins with her husband passing away, he is able to hold the film together well enough for it to be a satisfying watch. It is definitely not the most original idea, and the dialogue is plain and sappy, but what would a romance be without a little of that? I found myself falling into every scene, no matter if it was dumb or beautiful, I felt the impact that I think the filmmakers intended. It is definitely a great date film that is not hard to watch, albeit a bit depressing at times. I felt myself to be upset for most of the film, but for all the right reasons. It's certainly not a hall of fame entry, but "P.S. I Love You" is tender enough to enjoy.
April 10, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Gerry: P.S. I love you.
    – Submitted by Chloe K (23 months ago)
    1. Sharon: Plus, you're American, you got foreign exotic stuff going on for you.
    2. Holly: There is nothing exotic about being an American.
    3. Sharon: He doesn't know that!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. William: I'd love a shower.
    2. Denise: What a great idea!!
    3. Sharon: Oh my God! There's one downstairs, it's fantastic! Come on, I'll get you some linen and towels and show ya. Great. Take your wine.
    4. Holly: [whisper] What are you crazy?!
    5. Denise: He's staying the whole night. He's gonna be here all night long. All night long. He's gonna be here all night.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. William: So who's the cook?
    2. Denise: I am.
    3. Sharon: Me.
    4. Denise: We all helped.
    5. Sharon: [scoffs, picks up dishes] Denise is getting married. Isn't that great?
    6. Denise: Sharon's pregnant!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Denise: I hate cosmetics companies. They get you addicted to the perfect lipstick or nail polish, and then six months later, they discontinue it. You have to buy your favorite color, it's like your storing up for the apocalypse.That was my last bottle.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Denise: Mmm, oh he's delicious, isn't he? I can serve coffee on that ass.
    2. John: Do you have to be so vulgar about men, like they're pieces of meat?
    3. Denise: Sorry John, I forgot you're sensitive about your flat ass.
    4. John: You know, Denise, that's why you're not married.
    5. Sharon: [clears throat]
    6. John: Women act like men, then they complain men don't want them.
    7. Denise: Oh, is that why? Oh, ok, 'cause I thought it was something different. I thought it was because I thought I deserve the best. And he's out there, he's just with all the wrong women. And let me be clear, after centuries of men looking at my tits, instead of eyes, and pinching my ass, instead of shaking my hand, I now have the divine right to stare at a man's backside with vulgar, cheap, appreciation if I want to.
    8. Sharon: Well said.
    9. Daniel: I thought so.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
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