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Love Actually (2003)

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Critic Consensus: A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms.

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All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There's also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. A working print of Love Actually premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Cast

Bill Nighy
as Billy Mack
Hugh Grant
as Prime Minister
Billy Bob Thornton
as President of the United States of America
Kris Marshall
as Colin Frissell
Sienna Guillory
as Jamie's Girlfriend
Lúcia Moniz
as Aurelia
Elisha Cuthbert
as Carol-Anne, American Goddess
Joanna Page
as Just Judy
Billy Campbell
as Natalie's Octopus Brother, Keith
Denise Richards
as Carla, The Real Friendly One
Lulu Popplewell
as Daisy, Her Daughter
Frank Moorey
as Terence, Who's In Charge
Jill Freud
as Pat The Housekeeper
David Lynden Hall
as The Wedding Singer
Dan Fredenburgh
as Jamie's Bad Brother
Julia Davis
as Nancy The Caterer
Alan Barnes
as Movie Director
Shaughan Seymour
as Movie Cameraman
Helen Murton
as Funeral Priest
Edward Hardwicke
as Sam's Grandfather
Caroline John
as Sam's Grandmother
Gemma Aston
as Family Mourner
Matt Harvey
as Family Mourner
Adrian Preater
as Family Mourner
Joanna Thaw
as Family Mourner
Junior Simpson
as Wedding DJ
Brian Bovell
as Radio Watford DJ
Sarah McDougall
as Receptionist
Marcus Brigstocke
as Mikey, DJ Interviewer
Richard Hawley
as Alex, Deputy Prime Minister
Gillian Barge
as Cabinet Minister
Richard Wills-Cotton
as Cabinet Minister
Kate Bowes Renna
as Cabinet Minister
Kate Glover (III)
as Cabinet Minister
Nicola McRoy
as Cabinet Minister
Peter Marinker
as U.S. Expert
Keir Charles
as Press Conference Reporter
Doraly Rosen
as Press Conference Reporter
Meg Wynn Owen
as PM's Secretary
Lyndon David Hall
as The Wedding Singer
Carol Carey
as Natalie's Replacement
Jo Whiley
as Radio DJ
Sarah Atkinson
as Billy's Video Vixen
Clare Bennett
as Billy's Video Vixen
Sarah Holland
as Billy's Video Vixen
Vicki Murdoch
as Billy's Video Vixen
Meredith Ostrom
as Billy's Video Vixen
Katherine Poulton
as Billy's Video Vixen
Tuuli Shipster
as Billy's Video Vixen
Michael Fitzgerald
as Michael, Sarah's Brother
Ciaran O'Driscoll
as Hospital Patient
William Wadham
as Bernie, Karen's Son
Catia Duarte
as Language Student
Igor Urdenko
as Language Student
Nat Udom
as Language Student
Ines Boughanmi
as Language Student
Yuk Sim Yau
as Language Student
John Sharian
as Wisconsin Taxi Driver
Ivana Milicevic
as Stacey, American Dreamgirl
January Jones
as Jeannie, American Angel
Wes Butters
as Radio 1 Chart Show DJ
Laura Rees
as Record Company Executive
Megan Owen
as PM's Secretary
Emma Buckley
as Jamie's Sister
Sheila Allen
as Jamie's Mum
Terry Reece
as PM's Chauffeur, Terry
Colin Coull
as PM's Bodyguard, Gavin
Margery Mason
as Harris Street Old Lady
Katharine Bailey
as Harris Street Little Girl
Tiffany Boysell
as Her Friend
Georgia Flint
as Her Friend
Joanna Bacon
as Natalie's Mum
Bill Moody
as Natalie's Dad
Margus Tuuling
as Billy's Video Vixen
Paul Slack
as John's Brother
Adam Godley
as Mr. Trench
Olivia Olson
as Joanna Anderson
Ruby Turner
as Mrs. Jean Anderson
Amanda Garwood
as Backing-Singer Teacher
Arturo Venegas
as Mr. Anderson
Patrick Delaney
as Tommy, Carol's Son
Helder Costa
as Mr. Barros
Carla Vasconcelos
as Sophia Barros
Stewart Howson
as Airport Gate Man
Jamie Edgell
as Airport Guard
Dave Fisher
as Airport Guard
Paul Heasman
as Airport Guard
Tony Lucken
as Airport Guard
Raul Atalaia
as Restaurant Proprietor
Shannon Elizabeth
as Harriet, The Sexy One
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Critic Reviews for Love Actually

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (45)

This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A highly engineered puffball.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie until, in the end, it went somewhat bonkers with what amounted to a communal love fest on Christmas Eve.

Full Review… | December 4, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.

December 3, 2003
The New Republic
Top Critic

... a terrific film.

November 11, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Love Actually

½

Too many characters and stories, about half hour too long, and at times so stupid it was insulting (for example the American girls. Yeah, that would happen). I honestly can't understand how this is such a liked movie. It is right up there with Notting Hill for me, (which also sucks). 27/10/16 Rewatch after many years. I have upgraded a star and a half. I think I was quite harsh. It's not perfect, and I still hate the twat with the American girls, but actually it is not a bad xmas movie. I think I wasn't watching properly the first time. It's cheesy as all hell, don't get me wrong, but the cast are decent and the old rocker is amusing.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Chock full of popular songs here is a a Christmas card from England to us all ... or at least it feels like that. And it feels good. And so, in time for the season and lest I forget, a very Merry Christmas to everyone. God bless us all ... everyone.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Some believe "Love Actually" is a senseless gimmick - a surface holiday love story with beautiful people... and not even a holiday story at that, as seen from recent vehement debates (and maybe not even beautiful people, owing to the goofus face of Kris Marshall who's at least got a big knob). For me and countless others though, never has so many intertwining stories meshed so well with the messages of peace, goodwill, love of all kinds, and even gifting. There is seriously no character or storyline that I don't like. To those who say Jamie and Aurelia falling in love without speaking the same language is stupid and unrealistic, consider the intuitive connection that some people have and how they understand each other and communicate through actions and looks other than words, forming emotional bonds through the journey of misunderstanding and miscommunication. To those who say Sarah's an idiot for answering her mentally ill brother's phone call in the middle of getting it on with hot Karl, consider how that obsessive impulse of hers is to show that she needs to take care of him as much as he needs taking care of, and perhaps that's why she shouldn't have a romantic relationship right now. To those who hate Mia for seducing Harry, consider the slut-shaming double standard of women always being the seducers and the men always having no choice but to be seduced. Mia flirts with her married boss; he is still culpable for deceiving his wife. To those who think Colin and the American quintet is misogynistic and anti-American, consider the pure, "lust, actually" fantasy fulfillment in an otherwise pretty earnest, British movie. In an arguable attempt at showing female agency, Colin is no longer the pushy manwhore; the women are now the pursuers, and their totally obvious macking techniques show that they are quite aware of the easy-American-girl-who-falls-for-foreigners stereotype, and they use it to their advantage. To those who say Mark is a pansy for harboring romantic feelings for Juliet, a woman he seems to hardly know (as evidenced allegedly by their few scenes together), consider her honest self-deprecation (claiming she's nice aside from for her bad taste in pie), amiability (in hoping she and Mark can be better friends), and direct motivation (in pursuing the video she knows he clearly has). In sum, she HAS a personality and is certainly likable, even lovable. To those who say they are both douches - he for professing his feelings and she for kissing him - consider Mark's utterly agenda-less act of love as a gift of truth, friendship, and apology for his coldness, and Juliet's kiss as one of comfort and thanks. I love "Love Actually," and anybody who doesn't should get a heart!

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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