On the Line - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

On the Line Reviews

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
October 26, 2001
Harmless romantic and musical hijinks abound, and sentimentality prevails.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Piccoli
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 26, 2001
This one is pretty slight.
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
October 26, 2001
On the Line tries too hard to be everything to everyone. And as the saying goes, when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2001
The movie has some clumsy dialogue and awkward turns, but the picture is brisk and likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jessica Yadegaran
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 26, 2001
Unless you're 10 and an 'NSYNC fan, you can afford to miss this flick.
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
October 26, 2001
Today's boy bands may be a cultural blight not seen since Lawrence Welk revved up his bubble machine, but the only danger Line's sugary games of kissy-kissy present is the possibility of giving viewers cavities.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
October 26, 2001
Unfortunately, as the film's co-executive producer, Bass has no one to blame but himself: There's no excuse for bad taste.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2001
On the Line would like to be Serendipity for the Oxy-and-Skechers set, but it feels more like the worst movie Michael J. Fox never made.
| Original Score: C
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
October 26, 2001
In the end, it's much ado about not very much, certainly not enough to catapult Bass into a film career, but probably enough to satisfy 'N Sync fans.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 26, 2001
As teenybopper idol movies go, it's a few steps up from Spice World.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 26, 2001
Bass seems to be sleepwalking through his part, Chriqui's performance is limited to a series of smiles, and Fatone's most significant contributions come from other parts of his body besides his mouth.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2001
More 'it stinks' than 'NSYNC.
| Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 26, 2001
On the Line could have had a future as a gay camp favorite if only it had tried a bit harder. But On the Line isn't even so bad it's funny, like Glitter. It's just bad.

E! Online
October 26, 2001
On the Line suffers from such a predictable plot, a stale script and sitcom-y production values that even 13-year-old females might find themselves bored.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2001
An agonizingly creaky movie that laboriously plods through a plot so contrived that the only thing real about it is its length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 26, 2001
Calling this amateurish mix of romantic-comedy cliches, music-video montages and commercial plugs a 'movie' is a stretch.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 25, 2001
Overflowing with bad filmmaking, acting and a hackneyed script teaming with forced humor and inane behavior.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
October 25, 2001
On a whole, the movie stays as blandly inoffensive (albeit sometimes annoying) as possible.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 25, 2001
At least it isn't as condescending or transparently synthetic as most niche-marketed daydreams for the high-school and junior-high set.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian McTavish
Kansas City Star
October 25, 2001
A piece of far-fetched fluff.
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