The Thing Called Love Reviews
December 27, 2007
This is one of my guilty pleasure movies, but I'm beginning to wonder why I classify it as such. The songs performed by the cast cannot be heard outside of the movie itself. It's unfortunate because they're fucking awesome. TTCL was River Phoenix's last movie and it's really sad that it's the oldest such a talented entertainer and humanitarian got. Some people criticize his performance and attribute it to drug abuse, but I can't really see it as anything but Phoenix portraying the character, albeit he is lanky and kind of pale. Indeed I've always felt he looked almost unhealthily skinny, so what the hell do I know? However, I believe he turns in a fine performance and does an excellent job with his songs as well. A deteriorating Hollywood suffered a great loss when he died. It was just a better time for movies.
July 12, 2011
*you're never gonna find another love like mine..
July 6, 2011
What a pile of tosh, sorry River but your final film was not worthy of you, and you didn't exactly give your best performance. Thats depressing. Its an awefull film, the love scene's were done with a smirk, the acting on all fronts, but Sandra Bullocks and Dermots (who amazingly made a bad script look good for a second) were awefull. Don't waist your time, remember him for another film- with a much better performance, there's plenty to pick from.
February 5, 2011
Anthony Clark always plays these annoying guys with thick accents in River Phoenix movies. I found him way funnier and more attractive on "Yes Dear." This isn't saying that Clark has a big role. It's still River's movie and he's interesting, if a bit quiet as the lead male. One of River's more watchable films post Stand By Me.
January 28, 2011
LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!
January 21, 2011
Somewhat likeable. Not entirely one that would have you all that interested. One of Rivers best though I'd say.
September 18, 2010
I remember enjoyed this movie long time ago, so I decided to watch it again hoping to have the same experience. I wish I didn't so I could keep the good memory, but things changed unfortunately.
Samantha Mathis as Miranda Presley, a woman from New York who moved to Nashville hoping to get her big break as country singer. I understood why she kept getting rejected, she didn't seem that talented. She wasn't bad, but she wasn't great either and that goes to the rest of the characters (Dermot Mulroney and Sandra Bullock), at least Bullock's character has an excuse! The only thing that I could enjoy a bit was River Phoenix as James Wright.
When I first watch the movie, I thought James supposed to act 'drunk' and careless, the way Phoenix portrayed and at that time I thought it was kinda cool. Of course now I couldn't help noticed that maybe the actor already dealing with drug problem that made him acted that way. Even Roger Ebert noticing that.
Of course, this one is also love story, or should I say love triangle? Still, not really enough conflict nor any development characters, and not too convincing as a story about people chasing the dream.
So, I guess this would be the last time for me to ever view this one ever again.
May 10, 2010
Sweet movie - I like River & Samantha's chemistry in this movie. Sandra was great as a sidekick and for the entertainment value.
|jedward fan :||
March 24, 2010
this looks really good especilly the reviews , cnt wait to watch this one !!
December 24, 2009
maybe not one of rivers best but the chemistry and intensity is definitely there between him and samantha mathis(a consistent good actress and highly underated). the plot is interesting and engaging. the acting sadly is sometimes off on river's part because of his drug troubles off screen. sadly you can see it diminish his acting. he is not as sharp as his earlier acting but he is still strong in his abilities. I enjoy samantha in indies like this and freak city much much better than the horrid and overblown action fiasco-broken arrow. I think she took it just for a pay check more than anything else. the ending of this seems a little tacked on to please people but overall the movie is worth checking out just to see young actor(sandra bullock,dermont mulroney, samantha and river) taking an indie chance in their careers so I have respect for that.
December 19, 2009
River Phoenix was so cute. How I wish he's still alive.
November 27, 2009
It's River Phoenix's last performance, but the story is all messed up I guess. The film exhibits how a single talent and passion can change one's life if used properly. The music is excellent in this film. But the ending did not offer any favorable conclusion at all.
October 25, 2009
a very crazy country movie, but a great tribute to river phoenix
October 2, 2009
**1/2 (out of four)
Interesting, but hollow look at three young people who move to Nashville in an attempt to make it in the tough world of country western music. Nice performances, but it seems way too chic. A much better look at the country world is Altman's "Nashville".
August 22, 2009
wow, great movie, loved river pheniox performance
June 13, 2009
this movie makes you feel like getting up on stage and having a go ,your taken along with these trying songwriters and experience some very real truths about life.the music is awsome and the actors are in masterclass form .enjoy :)
May 14, 2009
the best country singing movie ever!
April 13, 2009
my favorite movie in the world. i have watched this movie over and over.
January 31, 2009
I thought htis was a prettyt good movie even though I 'm not a big fan of country music :) River Phoenix did an amazing job in this.
January 7, 2009
Nice film. Good music. Happy ending. That's it.