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Standard Time (Anything But Love) Reviews

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 11, 2003
An appealing, low-budget musical cowritten by and starring Isabel Rose as Billie, whose pluck and talent are tonic -- if as shopworn as her thrift-store threads.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 4, 2003
Ends up little more than a vanity piece for Rose and an exercise in style over substance for Cary.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 21, 2003
To borrow a word from another American standard, Anything but Love, is hardly unforgettable. But if you're looking for the movie equivalent of comfort food, then there's something to dig into here.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2003
[An] ungainly little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2003
Filmed in the colors of newborn Technicolor, plotted as a tribute to the conventions of Hollywood romance, filled with standard songs, it's by and for people who love those kinds of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2003
The earnest, low-budget indie Anything But Love isn't quite the movie you'd like it to be, but it provides some kicks, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2003
The filmmaking pales when compared with the classic elements of 1950s and early '60s romantic musicals to which it pays homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
November 14, 2003
This stylized romantic comedy offers limited, largely synthetic rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 14, 2003
This is a micro-budgeted tribute to Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s that's all the more endearing for its flaws.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 14, 2003
The script is a sappy '40s melodrama transported into the 21st century, where it just creaks.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 13, 2003
The thin story -- a 32-year-old woman who lives at home with Mom, sings in the bar at an airport motel, and lives in a fantasy world of musicals -- feels less romantic than pathetic.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 13, 2003
The results are earnest but completely resistable, more borscht-belt Cabaret than My Big Fat New York Tryout.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 13, 2003
Anything but unpredictable, but it is a pleasant, good-natured picture that struggles, gallantly if vainly, to recapture the style and sensibility of a studio musical on the severely limited budget of an independent film.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2003
It succeeds because it dares to take its people and their dreams seriously, with a gently humorous affection, instead of merely sending them up, and because it clearly is taking place in the Manhattan of here and now and not in some vague time warp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2003
[Rose] has little presence as an actress ... and her unremarkable voice seems better suited for singing corporate jingles than the Great American Songbook.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 13, 2003
[Rose] isn't enough of a draw to make the formula worth recycling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
November 11, 2003
If this is such a cheesy, derivative movie, why did I watch it twice with such delight?
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 11, 2003
Well points for trying, thumbs down for me.