• PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Garry Marshall
    In Theaters:
    Feb 12, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 18, 2010
  • New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures

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Valentine's Day Reviews

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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It's a very glib, shallow movie, but it keeps you moving around enough that you could actually have a good time.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

February 16, 2010
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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It's got a cold, shiny cash register right where its heart should be.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The film may be set in L.A., but no scene lasts longer than a New York minute.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Every skit is lame, every line of dialogue is stale, every joke falls flat, and every performance has been phoned in between text messages to agents blinking, ''SOS!''

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

February 12, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Valentine's Day is a passing nod to love, like a box of chocolates or flowers that soon wilt. It's star-studded amiable fluff with no real value, but it's kind of a tickle if you're in the mood.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

February 12, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Charmingly cast and phenomenally so-so.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 12, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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More than a dozen familiar faces are wasted in this trite, groan-inducing mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 12, 2010
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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This feels less like a movie and more like a strategically programmed effort to turn as many demographic groups as possible into mooshy, gooshy, candy-heart-munching morons.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 12, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Less funny or romantic than your average colonoscopy, this cringe-inducing bore provides dubious employment for four Oscar winners, two nominees and a raft of TV performers such as George Lopez, all of whom have been seen to better advantage elsewhere.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0/4

February 12, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The running time is 125 minutes, a lot for a romantic comedy, but the minutes fly by.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2010
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Like a tiny car that putters into the centre ring at the circus and starts disgorging clown after clown, Valentine's Day has crammed 19 stars into one vehicle. The difference? Clowns are entertaining.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 12, 2010
Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
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High art? Maybe not. But Valentine's Day certainly goes down easy.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Sugary, sappy and totally predictable. It's also what a whole lot of women are likely to want.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 12, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film's main problems are script-related.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

February 12, 2010
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Valentine's Day is clearly trying to play us for a rube, taking advantage of our kind hearts, but we won't get fooled again, will we?

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

February 12, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A Garry Marshall movie has to be funny in order to be anything at all, and this one is so deeply involved with its pseudo-meaningful roundelay of beautiful but inexplicably lovelorn people as to be teeth-grindingly, mind-warpingly boring.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 11, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Valentine's Day has all the awkward tedium of a bad first date, without the promise or excitement of a good one.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 11, 2010
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Valentine's Day deploys every rom-com cliché, minus the com-there's isn't a laugh in the movie, unless you count a fleeting sequence featuring comedian Larry Miller, who's also probably the least prominent member of the cast.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 11, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The dire romantic comedy Valentine's Day is neither romantic nor remotely comedic.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 11, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Valentine's Day is a date movie from hell. How did director Garry Marshall persuade a big name cast to stuff themselves into this box of rancid heart-shaped chocolates?

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

February 11, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The stars mostly shine, the story snippets mostly amuse and you'll barely notice all the empty spots where a plot used to be.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film seems like a package deal arranged by a talent agency that found half its stars were idle for a day or two over a three-week period.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 11, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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With so many people hanging around, you'd think Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate could scare up an interesting plotline or two, but no such luck.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2010
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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The real St. Valentine was stoned and beheaded; would that the same fate fell on the people behind this shallow, shabby fraud.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 0/5

February 11, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As sweets go, it's not dense and complex like a truffle, rather, it's light and modest like a chocolate kiss. It's not art; it's a pick-me-up.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Tiny, tangerine Alba seems interested only in beating Rosario Dawson's record for most bad movies in a career. Swift's film debut is more torturously abrasive than her Grammy performance.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 11, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Contemplating the romantic prospects of Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner, it's hard to summon up a sentiment beyond the one muttered by my viewing companion: "Fine, mush your boring faces together already."

Full Review Source: Slate

February 11, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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For those who prefer their romantic comedy in bulk, this is a steal. But attention Costco shoppers: Quantity here runs a distant second to quality.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 11, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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What might have seemed like a lively idea -- an all-star roundelay about love in Los Angeles -- is as fossilized as the wooly mammoths in the La Brea Tar Pits.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2010
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Most successful is the chemistry between Grace and Hathaway, but with so many swings, that's a pretty low batting average.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 11, 2010
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Valueless as entertainment, it's still useful as a disambiguation tool for those who confuse Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, or Taylor Dayne and Taylor Swift.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Valentine's Day isn't a chore to sit through, but it isn't much to watch, either.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Is Valentine's Day good? Not really, though plenty of the actors are.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Valentine's Day is so desperate to keep all the characters alive, it's like those Russian jugglers who run around, trying to keep all their plates spinning on poles.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Marshall, working from a script by Katherine Fugate, probably would have done better to pare some of the elements to concentrate more fully on... something. His golf game, maybe.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

February 10, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's an American Love Actually without the warmth that writer-director Richard Curtis stuffs into his all-star confections, without the wit, without much love, actually.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 10, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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You know you're getting schmaltz, but as with Britain's obvious forebear Love Actually, there are enough tart lines and gestures to elicit a certain admiration.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's a romantic piffle stuffed with so much candy that your skin could break out.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 10, 2010
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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As gooey and lacking in protein as a chocolate holiday bonbon, Valentine's Day plays like a feature-length commercial produced by the Friends of the Valentine Promotional Society.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 8, 2010
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Like a lot of Valentine's Day gifts, showy and easily forgotten.

February 8, 2010
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