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Laws of Attraction Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
The actors work hard to concoct some chemistry, but it's tough to be Tracy and Hepburn, let alone Doris Day and Rock Hudson, when you're trying to get your mouth around lines that wouldn't pass muster on a UPN sitcom.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
Watch Hepburn and Tracy in Adam's Rib. It's very something.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 3, 2004
Terrible, terrible film.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: D+
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
The plot, the dialogue and the main characters' love connection are basically mind-numbing, and even Parker Posey can't save the show.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 30, 2004
Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan create just enough chemistry to carry Laws of Attraction.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 30, 2004
Julianne Moore's talent is simply too heavy for her to rise above this quicksand comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 30, 2004
It's not awful, but it feels tired, like it's just another in a long line of cookie-cutter movies about pretty people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2004
I loved watching Brosnan and Moore go at it as New York lawyers Daniel Rafferty and Audrey Woods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 30, 2004
A film that is antic and strident instead of witty and shrewd.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2004
A by-the-numbers, rehashed romance.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 30, 2004
Pierce Brosnan is impossibly suave; Julianne Moore is faultlessly lovely. But the heat they generate together couldn't spark a Boy Scout's campfire.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 30, 2004
More chemistry between the leads would have helped.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 30, 2004
A handsome reminder that there's a reason they keep making -- and we keep watching -- this sort of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 30, 2004
Laws plays like a middling episode of Moonlighting, with the focus on the lawyers instead of the private eyes they hire.
| Original Score: C+
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 30, 2004
The film appears to have been assembled by agents with stopwatches on their clients.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 30, 2004
Disappointingly tepid and lacking in essential chemistry, Laws of Attraction simply never adds up to much.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 30, 2004
A competently made formula movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 30, 2004
Watching Moore and Brosnan do this modernized yet willfully dated dance is honeyed entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2004
[The leads] really deserved more from the director, Peter Howitt and co-writers Aline Brosh McKenna and Robert Harling, who among them come up with less than one serviceable screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 30, 2004
Laws of Attraction is like the Hepburn-Tracy movie Adam's Rib -- without Hepburn, Tracy, Adam, or his rib.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 29, 2004
You have to admire Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Frances Fisher for never giving up in Laws of Attraction. But watching actors labor so strenuously to re-create the feel of vintage Hollywood deflates the cause rather than exalts it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 29, 2004
[The cast and crew] are all victims of a script of such colossal banality and gross stupidity that smiles freeze on their faces, leaving them looking trapped and desperate, much like the audience.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
A leaden attempt to recapture the effervescence of classic screwball.
| Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 29, 2004
The efforts of the cast are not enough to lift Laws of Attraction above the cautious banality of a midseason replacement sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 29, 2004
This movie treats romance as a science project and spends more time worrying about product placement than character development.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 29, 2004
The dialogue is hit-and-miss, and the plot, short on surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 29, 2004
Fairly forgettable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2004
Laughably predictable and lamentably unfunny.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 29, 2004
Julianne Moore can be many, many wonderful things -- beautiful, talented, redheaded, heartbreaking -- but funny doesn't seem to be one of them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 29, 2004
A fun date flick.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2004
[Brosnan] has his charm emitter turned up to 10, and [Moore] manages to insert episodes of loopy behavior without calling into question her character's intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 29, 2004
[An] agreeable cliche of a movie.
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April 29, 2004
It tries to emulate the great Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics, but ends up a pale copy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2004
A middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 29, 2004
[A] disappointing romantic comedy that never shifts into high gear.
| Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
Variety
April 28, 2004
The charming chemistry of the leads and the lightness of tone achieved by director Peter Howitt ... keeps the whole enterprise afloat.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2004
Operates on such outdated, unimaginative conventions of movie chemistry that Moore and Brosnan end up appearing older and stodgier than necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
Our counselors' lawyer-ese is illegally bland, and their committee-penned banter meticulously Botoxed.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 27, 2004
All but the most ardent of Brosnan's admirers will find this to be an uninspired round in the cinematic battle of the sexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2004
The key problem to this romantic comedy about husband-and-wife lawyers on opposite sides of a court battle is that one is never convinced that Pierce Brosnan's Daniel Rafferty and Julianne Moore's Audrey Woods are really a couple.