The Thing Called Love Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A star is born in Nashville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 14, 2009
Peter Bogdanovich brings conviction but little else to this upbeat response to Robert Altman's Nashville.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Perhaps there's not much new to say about the dues and disappointments involved in breaking into the country music scene, but the scenes are fresh and the emotions real in Peter Bogdanovich's tune-laden, mixed-mood drama.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 8, 2006
It's good enough to watch, but not good enough to re-watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 6, 2006
Nothing terribly new happens here, but Bogdanovich plays out his scenes with tenderness and affection, and the honest performances spring to life.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2006
The Thing Called Love charms and touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bogdanovich's modest staging is occasionally awkward -- his kids still watch John Wayne movies at the drive-in -- but there's a convincing sense of what Nashville's like and how country music works.
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
January 12, 2006
It's so sad that Phoenix went out not with a bang but with this whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 11, 2005
A highlight of Phoenix's career
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Although well acted, with early scenes that deftly sketch the atmosphere, the movie, written by Carol Heikkinen, never takes off.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Sometimes Bogdanovich is just too intelligent for his own good. While he hardly puts a foot wrong in his observation of shattered ambitions, his curse seems to be that his work will forever be unfashionable.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 23, 2002
It bears as little relation to the real Nashville as Altman's 1975 feature, but director Peter Bogdanovich, the talented cast, and the credited and uncredited screenwriters are so busy conjuring up a charming world of their own that I didn't mind.
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
River Phoenix gives a somnambulant impersonation of Christian Slater impersonating Jack Nicholson, and Samantha Mathis spends much of the movie trying to figure out exactly who her character is.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Perhaps no one could have saved Phoenix, who was not lucky enough to find a higher bottom than death. But this performance in this movie should have been seen by someone as a cry for help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Aside from its blatantly commercial aspirations and predictable storyline, there is an appealing cast, enjoyable songs and some funny bits of business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 18, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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