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She's So Lovely

She's So Lovely (1997)

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88

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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64

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Movie Info

Written by the late John Cassavettes in 1987 and filmed by his son Nick a decade later, the comic drama She's So Lovely (originally and more appropriately titled She's De Lovely in honor of the Cole Porter composition central to the movie) stars real-life couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright-Penn as Eddie and Maureen, a young husband and wife whose relationship is strained by Eddie's frequently irrational behavior. When a run-in with a slimy neighbor (James Gandolfini) leaves the pregnant Maureen

R,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

John Cassavetes

Nov 14, 2000

Miramax

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (14) | DVD (3)

Based on Cassavetes pere script, this Cassavetes fils meditation on love and madness is a truly curioisity item, lacking the master's profound ideas and rich subtext; 20 years ago, it would have starred Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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An acting exercise, and an intriguing and entertaining one at that.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Dreadful attempt at romantic comedy

June 21, 2005
Film Journal International

Better than it oughta be, but not much more than a wacky character sketch.

November 28, 2003
New Times

Despite some performance moments to savor, the film can't pay tribute to Cassavetes Sr. without disclosing its own vast inferiority.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Some good Travolta moments, but way too long getting started.

July 22, 2003
About.com

Labor of love has lots of heart -- but makes little sense.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

A atuação de Sean Penn é simplesmente uma obra-prima.

May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

It careens back and forth between slapstick, pathos, and unneccessary violence.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

[A] hugely entertaining but oddly incomplete movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film suffers from incohesiveness...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Second-best Cassavetes but still one of late summer's more adventurous releases, helped by strong performances from its talented stars and from the great Rowlands in a minor role.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for She's So Lovely

Great cast, hard going story line but brilliantly executed. Worth seeking out!
September 24, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

It's been said before but I'll say it again here..this movie likely suffers because the elder Cassavettes didn't have the chance to film it. Cassavettes had a knack for bringing out great humanity out of his actors. I don't think his son succeeds here.
September 28, 2012
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The first half of this film plays out so ideally that I expected it to be a favorite. It falters a lot more in the second half, but it's a totally satisfying movie overall. It draws its audience into a strangely orchestrated story and takes them into genuinely unexpected places. The characters are well-drawn and interesting, and Cassavetes' direction has a nice texture to it. However, this is an actor-driven movie, and these actors are up to the challenge of carrying it. Robin Wright Penn, John Travolta and especially Sean Penn are all brilliant here. Really stunning performances.
February 5, 2010
michaelcorleone

Super Reviewer

Great!
December 25, 2007
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