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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
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Variety Staff
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
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.
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
A highlight of Phoenix's career
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5

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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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

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
Don Willmott
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
Emanuel Levy
September 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 18, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Todd McCarthy
February 23, 2012
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