Why Do Fools Fall In Love Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 18, 2008
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 18, 2008
Too ill defined to emerge from the pack of box office also-rans.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
A celebration of pop fantasies, a boyish rascal with a helium voice, and three pretty fools who fell in love with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though Nava's soapy directing style makes Fools watchable enough in a campy way, the film's unsophisticated nature undermines its better qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Foolproof fun!
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Entertaining and nostalgically moving!
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lymon's career may have been short and sad, but Why Do Fools Fall in Love finds the melodrama of his life in the exciting music of his time and the tumult of his romances.
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Denver Post
January 1, 2000
A standout performance by Vivica A. Fox and Leranze Tate!
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
We get no discernible Frankie at all!
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Despite employing the familiar motion picture elements of sex, greed, and music, this is not a run-of-the- mill biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Smart, quirky love story.
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Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Filled with color and energy!
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Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Totally entertaining!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What made Frankie run? The movie clearly doesn't know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Jampacked with rock glamour and exploitation, joy and horror, that keeps showing its subject at different angles, through different eyes.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The musical numbers are outstanding! Mr. Tate turns Frankie's showmanship into an expression of bold kinetic energy!
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Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A dull and frustrating movie.