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Love Happens (2009)



Critic Consensus: Love Happens is a dull, chemistry-free affair that under-utilizes its appealing leads.

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The directorial debut of Brandon Camp concerns a widower (Aaron Eckhart) who makes a living as an expert on grieving. During the course of teaching a seminar, he meets and begins to fall for a floral designer (Jennifer Aniston), a discovery that leads him to face up to the fact he has not fully reconciled the loss of his wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Love Happens

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (30)

The sorrowing widower is a great subject for film romance; but the point is to let the girl have a proper crack at cheering him up. And, as always with love, a GSOH would help.

October 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Love isn't inspired, it's hammered flat like Khrushchev's shoe.

September 27, 2009 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.

September 22, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Hang in there Jen. You can do better.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Other stuff happens too, all of it strained and dull.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The film is part romance, part drama, part Seattle travelogue, with Washington emerging as the only true winner. Along with the benefactors of the movie's copious product placements, that is.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Happens

Horrible title. Somewhat bland, stereotypical leads: widower seemingly capitalizing on tragedy and quirky gal who needs to be quirkier than Jennifer Aniston can play her. Burke's reconciliation with his father-in-law is kinda nice, and I do like a good old ASL meet-cute.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Burke: During your travels, it's important to always keep one thing in mind: when one thing ends, something else begins.  "Sometimes when you least expect it..." I'll admit, I'm a sucker for a good romance film, and Love Happens fits that bill for me. It was missing something that would catapult it to one of my favorite romances, but as it is, it's a beautiful and moving piece of filmmaking. It's not quite like other movies that populate the genre. It's unique and it follows its own path, even if that path leads to the same place. A self-help author who lost his wife three years earlier goes to Seattle for a sold-out seminar. While there he meets a florist, fresh out of a relationship. While getting to know her, he starts to realize that even though he coaches people on how to move on from a loved ones death; he himself can't do that, and maybe Eloise(the florist) is the perfect person to help his with it. Initially, I decided to give the film a chance because I'll watch anything with Aaron Eckhart or Judy Greer in it. I'm not a fan of Jennifer Aniston, but in Love Happens; she gives a good performance. Eckhart was, like usual, very good. A good supporting cast goes a long way in making the movie what it is as well.  It could be argued that Love Happens pulls on the heartstrings a little to often, but it could be argued that Elephants are to big. Love Happens is what it is. Yeah, it pulls the tearjerker card at times, but the important thing is that when it does, it works. The movie isn't looking for tears that don't come, at least in my case. I really enjoyed the film and I recommend it to anyone who has any love at all for a good romance.

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