On the Line - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

On the Line Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 19, 2002
| Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
An innocuous romantic comedy about missed connections, like Serendipity for people who can't vote yet.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
October 30, 2001
Less a romance than a feature-length plug for 'N Sync and its personalities.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 29, 2001
Certainly, you could find far more unpleasant ways to while away 85 minutes.
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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
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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
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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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2001
More 'it stinks' than 'NSYNC.
| Original Score: 0/4
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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
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 25, 2001
It doesn't provide enough drama or comedy or romance to make it appeal to anyone other than the 'N Sync faithful.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
October 25, 2001
A romantic comedy that's thinner than a copy of Bop magazine and proves, once again -- see Carey, Mariah -- that the transition from pop star to thespian is no easy leap to make.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 25, 2001
The lack of resonant or even interesting characters is matched by the toothless script and lifeless direction.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 25, 2001
Downright torture for adults, it may prove too unsophisticated even for its preteen target audience.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 25, 2001
There is plenty that is dreadful about On the Line ... but the fact that the movie is not unbearable is reason for parents everywhere to heave a sigh of relief.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 2001
Bass has a charming, quiet anxiety that draws you toward him.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 25, 2001
On the Line knows its target audience very well.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 23, 2001
Like all trifles that use unbearable amounts of saccharine to cover up poor quality, this one leaves a bad aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2001
There's more plot and inventiveness in the average 'N Sync music video than in Eric Aronson and Paul Stanton's sweet nothing of a script and antiseptic direction by Eric Bross.