Chasing Liberty - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Chasing Liberty Reviews

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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 17, 2004
Forgettable fluff but it left me in an unaccountably bad mood, mainly because it's a step back for Mandy Moore.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
January 13, 2004
Moore's lip-glossed petulance never catches fire with Goode's canned drollery.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 11, 2004
It's one TV-movie romp that Kristy McNichol never got around to starring in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty will probably win over as many fuddy-duddy fathers as fillies with its mixture of sweetness tempered with genial cynicism.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 9, 2004
An endless, virtually laugh-free pastiche of Aaron Sorkin by way of Aaron Spelling.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty is strictly vanilla-flavoured, status quo entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 9, 2004
A fluffy romance vehicle that does manage a few charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 9, 2004
It's all quite engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2004
It defines blah.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty chases laughs and charm for most of its 100 minutes. It loses both races, but it has its moments, an engaging cast and a lot of scenery of the great cities of Europe.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
January 9, 2004
A feather-light, doggedly formulaic romantic comedy that's almost instantly forgettable despite the sunny presence of teen queen Mandy Moore.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty is a comedy with no sense of fun, a romance with no passion.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 9, 2004
The film does provide some nice shots of Venice and offers one solid reason to display a little patriotic fervor: We do have the freedom to avoid such rote, shallow dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty is fine (if empty) fun, and much credit for that should go to feisty Moore.
| Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty is a many-unsplendoured thing, but the one thing it isn't is a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 9, 2004
One of those efficiently made formula films that keeps movie houses open during the early part of the year.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 9, 2004
No more than a series of postcard backdrops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 9, 2004
I'm not even sure it deserves to be called a movie. It's more a package built from Moore's smile, adolescent ideas about romance and plenty of picture-postcard photography.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 9, 2004
[A] happy trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 9, 2004
Chasing Liberty is surprisingly good in areas where it doesn't need to be good at all, and pretty awful in areas where it has to succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 9, 2004
Not a pleasant way to spend an hour and 45 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 9, 2004
No, it's not the Jenna Bush story...just another mediocre romantic comedy for the teen set.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 8, 2004
An innocuous, occasionally cute movie made watchable by the appealing Mandy Moore and hunky Matthew Good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 8, 2004
Mandy Moore stars in a romantic comedy that stumbles trying to stay in the footfalls left before it by Roman Holiday and It Happened One Night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2004
While Chasing Liberty is easy to take, its slackness is wearying.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2004
Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt. In the case of Chasing Liberty, it breeds affection.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
Variety
January 8, 2004
Like the recent Freaky Friday, pic also manages to maintain an appealingly even-keel temperament, sympathizing with the frustrations of both parents and children.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 8, 2004
The picture is filled with Mandy Moore Moments -- approximations of recognizable human emotions, without the complicating necessity of actual feeling.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 8, 2004
Chasing Liberty boasts exceedingly high levels of improbability and an embarrassment of continuity and character shortfalls, but still has a certain bubbleheaded charm.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 8, 2004
The best that you can say about this predictably facile production is that it's harmless, even if it requires the dismissal of acres of reality before digestion can ensue.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 8, 2004
It's pure formula, but it would take a true sourpuss to sneer at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
January 8, 2004
A likable, light-as-air road comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 8, 2004
Though potentially drowse-inducing for grown-ups, this is a teen girl's dream romp through pretty postcard settings and pretty, passionate first love.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2004
Moore is an actress of limited range whose solemnity and strength of character are her greatest assets, so it's distressing that first-time screenwriters Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman present Anna as a whiny damsel in distress.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 8, 2004
An American girl's own Roman Holiday, with pop star Moore as Audrey Hepburn, sort of, with lip gloss, and British stage actor Goode as Gregory Peck, sort of, with a backpack!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 6, 2004
A fairly standard-issue teen romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2004
Chases romance and comedy across Europe for nearly two hours without ever quite catching either.