I Hate Valentine's Day (2009)



Critic Consensus: This boilerplate comedy lacks ingenuity or humor and features mediocre dialogue that sounds less like conversation and more like stand-up shtick.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding co-stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett re-team for this romantic comedy about a carefree florist who falls for a charming restaurateur. Genevieve (Vardalos) loves romance, though she lives by a strict "five dates" rule. At the end of the fifth date, Genevieve typically calls the relationship off. So far, this method has worked like a charm, but when Genevieve meets Greg (Corbett) everything changes. At the end of their fifth date, Genevieve wants more. If she could only break from tradition long enough to realize she's fallen in love, perhaps she'll find out that some guys are worth keeping around. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
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Nia Vardalos
as Genevieve Gernier
John Corbett
as Greg Gatlin
Zoe Kazan
as Tammy Greenwood
Mike Starr
as John
Jason Mantzoukas
as Brian Blowdell
Judah Friedlander
as Dan O'Finn
Rachel Dratch
as Kathy Jeemy
Jay O Sanders
as Tim the Delivery Guy
Dan Finnerty
as Grouchy Guy
Howard Feller
as Homeless Guy
Rose Abdoo
as Attractive Woman
Ian Gomez
as KJ Ken
Ben Schwartz
as Tammy's Date
Tracy Thorpe
as Giddy Woman
Kapil Bawa
as Nerdy Man
Wali Collins
as Desperate Customer
Miriam Tolan
as Artsy Woman
Rachel Nicole Hamilton
as Woman in Gallery
David Beach
as Husband in Gallery
Gaetano Iacono
as Big Worker
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

It's like eating a plain Hershey's bar on that supposedly most romantic day of the year. It may soothe your sweet tooth for a brief bit, but you'll still be longing for Godiva.

July 10, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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A charmless rom-com about an exhaustingly vivacious florist.

Full Review… | July 9, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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I found it to be really one note. This is not authentic modern courtship.

Full Review… | July 6, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Everyone who's ever seen a movie knows where this is headed... but getting there is breezy, fun, and most importantly, well-executed.

July 6, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

An unspeakable nadir in the career of its writer-director-star, My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
AV Club
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All I Hate Valentine's Day adds up to is an awkward, ritualized date between moviegoer and a still-learning triple hyphenate.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for I Hate Valentine's Day


The florist loves romance but hates relationships. She has rules but they are broken when she meets Mr. Right. Nia and John reunite after My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Stephen Guarino, Amir Arison, Zoe Kazan, Gary Wilmes, Mike Starr, Jason Mantzoukas, Judah Friedlander, Rachel Dratch Director: Nia Vardalos Summary: After falling in love onscreen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett reteam for a romantic comedy about a florist (Vardalos) who persuades a restaurateur (Corbett) to take a gamble on a no-strings-attached relationship. Vardalos, who also penned the screenplay, makes her directorial debut with this Valentine's Day-themed love story that crams the action into a single day: February 14 My Thoughts: "It was a given on how corny and cheesy this film was going to be just by it's title. But it was way worse then I had thought. I can't stand many films like these but there was nothing else on. I actually blame my mother for making me sit through this one. It was... just bad. There were a couple moments I laughed. But the movie was annoying, the character's are annoying, the plot is annoying. SO, if you haven't caught on, I didn't like it. But those of you who like mushy, cheesy, and corny films will love it. Those of you like myself, I advise you to skip it and save yourselves the torture."


Super Reviewer

Genevieve has always had the love life she wanted. She goes out with a guy & only goes out with him for five dates. Five dates of flirting, having fun, & making romantic gestures. Everything changes when she meets Greg. Who believes that one person is meant for the other person, while Genevieve does not believe in that logic. They go through their five dates & at the end Genevieve realizes that she doesn't want it to be over but she wants to continue dating Greg. Greg wants this too but the two of them just won't admit their feelings to each other. Genevieve's wacky friends do whatever they can to put these two back together with results that just seem to fail. When Valentine's Day rolls around again though Greg shows Genevieve what scares her & plays Jazz music, which Genevieve hates outside, in front of her apartment. He even has everyone form into a heart & he tells Genevieve he loves her & she says she loves him too. Then he asks Genevieve to be his Valentine & she agree's to be his girlfriend. This was a great reunion for Vardalos & Corbett who showed great chemistry in My Big Fat Greek Wedding & again in this romantic charmer.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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