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Love Actually Reviews

November 27, 2007
This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.
August 7, 2004
A highly engineered puffball.
December 4, 2003
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.
December 3, 2003
Whatever the actors are given to do they make so delightful -- or so delightfully moving -- that Love Actually wins out over its wobbles.
November 11, 2003
... a terrific film.
November 10, 2003
It's terrific fun for an hour, but by the last of its 129 minutes you might find yourself going into insulin shock.
November 8, 2003
There are no fewer than nine interlocking and overlapping love stories in Richard Curtis' deadly epic sprawl of a romantic comedy, Love Actually. By the end of the movie, that's nine too many.
November 7, 2003
There's enough that's right about Love to compensate for what's wrong with it.
November 7, 2003
If listing the cast of Love Actually is exhausting, it's even more tiring to watch it.
November 7, 2003
Love Actually is irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2003
A form of emotional hardcore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2003
It's no hardship whatsoever to sit through Love Actually ... But if Curtis could have sharpened his focus, and trusted his actors a bit more, Love Actually could have been splendid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
Love Actually , Curtis' holiday-themed directing debut, abandons any pretext of sophistication for gloppy sentimentality, sugary pop songs and bawdy humor -- an approach that works about half the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2003
It's too busy with too many stories to tell. But there's so much heart and silly fun and genuine sentiment here, delivered by an A-list of Brit and American talent that it's hard to fault.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2003
Yet another pandering, half-baked romantic comedy.
November 7, 2003
Slick but uneven romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
This movie is so unfunny, uninspired and unoriginal I swear it could have started out as a club-footed Coen Brothers vehicle for George Clooney.
November 7, 2003
[Curtis] is nothing if not capable of creating merry, madcap romantic comedy, and he punctuates the purposely hackneyed developments and labyrinthian structure with sly wit and sprightly pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2003
Curtis shows the same eccentric humanism and charm that gave him Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 7, 2003
It pushes its 'love is good' message with such insistence, so many cheery pop tunes, airport hugs, coincidences and teary smiles, that it feels like one long commercial.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
Perfectly wonderful if not completely perfect.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 7, 2003
Love Actually won't last you. Still, while you're enjoying it: Yummy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
Love Actually will delight moviegoers who think that more really is more. Cynics who prefer their twee without sugar are advised to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
The movie's only flaw is also a virtue: It's jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn't want to leave anything out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2003
Curtis throws every gag he can think of at the screen and the ones that don't stick, he throws again and again.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
Love Actually isn't deep, but it can be amusing. If its parts are better than the whole, at least it has parts that provide real laughs.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 7, 2003
Love Actually plays like a greatest-hits album of modern British comedy, spinning all your favorite tunes in just the right order.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2003
From top to bottom, Love Actually is a sparkler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2003
The perfect Christmas confection.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2003
The creators of Love Actually clearly believe that if a movie has enough charm, it doesn't need depth. In the case of Love Actually, they are absolutely right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 6, 2003
Love Actually is just about impossible to dislike, even if you really, really want to.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2003
A patchwork of contrived naughtiness and forced pathos.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 6, 2003
Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2003
Love Actually is to the romantic-comedy genre what a Sherman tank is to sport- utility vehicles.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2003
A warm, benevolent comedy whose characters gradually become your dear friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2003
It's going to make a lot of holiday romantics feel very, very good; watching it, I felt cozy and charmed myself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 6, 2003
Individually, the tales wouldn't stand up as short stories. Together, they make for sporadically amusing, ultimately wearying viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2003
As bright and cheery as a string of Christmas lights.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 5, 2003
If you're going to have your emotional responses shunted around like a gear stick, it might as well be by someone who writes dialogue as funny as Curtis does.
November 4, 2003
When he isn't overreaching for absurdity, Curtis can write bouncy patter, but each character gets about 60 seconds before the movie jumps deck to the next love-seeker and the next moony pratfall.
November 4, 2003
As a director, Curtis can't seem to rein in his writer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2003
There are times when all of this goodwill feels a tad forced and artificial, but, on balance, Love Actually is appealing and genial with plenty of solid laughs, and worthy of a recommendation for those who appreciate this kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2003
A roundly entertaining romantic comedy, Love Actually is still nearly as cloying as it is funny.
October 23, 2003
Curtis imbues his tales of broken hearts and ecstatic adoration with a festive passion and a cheerful optimism that sweeps the viewer up.