Love in the Time of Cholera


Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)


Critic Consensus: Though beautifully filmed, the makers of Love in the Time of Cholera fail to transfer the novel's magic to the screen.


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A young man's passion for a seemingly unattainable woman lasts over five decades as he tries to woo her from a loveless marriage.

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Javier Bardem
as Florentino Ariza
Benjamin Bratt
as Dr. Juvenal Urbino
Catalina Sandino Moreno
as Hildebranda Sanchez
John Leguizamo
as Lorenzo Daza
Fernanda Montenegro
as Transito Ariza
Liev Schreiber
as Lotario Thurgut
Laura Harring
as Sara Noriega
Angie Cepeda
as Widow Nazaret
Ana Claudia Talancón
as Olimpia Zuleta
Alicia Borrachero
as Escolastica
Unax Ugalde
as Young Florentino
Andrés Parra
as Captain Samaritano
Alejandra Borrero
as Doña Blanca
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Critic Reviews for Love in the Time of Cholera

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

It's all yodeling Shakira ballads and emotional shots of the would-be lovers staring at each other until their cheeks pale from exhaustion

Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Sometimes you're watching a bad movie, and you're like, 'Well, I'm still entertained,' so I'm recommending it on that sort of level.

Nov 19, 2007

Mike Newell's handsome adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' novel looks lovely, but feels lifeless; the chemistry between the main characters just isn't there.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[Actress Mezzogiorno] finds the story's emotion by resisting the tug of the movie into grandeur.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Bardem's hypnotic presence, like that of an Easter Island statue come to life, is one of the film's many pleasures. As is its intimations of a love everlasting.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There isn't an actor here who really connects.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Love in the Time of Cholera


A man obsesses/loves a woman over the course of fifty-three years. In this adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's lush novel, I could easily tell the sections of dialogue/narration that were taken from his book. In these sections, the language was so rich that I couldn't help but be sucked into the world Marquez created. And in this world the obsession that wracks Florentino makes sense; it almost seems reasonable to equate obsession with love. However, the film's principal flaw is its unevenness - the disconnect between the banality of the situations, cinematography, and acting and the elevation of the main conflict. By the end of the film, it was almost as though I was reading a great book that was getting interrupted by a bad imitation of the book. Also, I wondered throughout most of the film how we're meant to feel about Florentino. Is he elevated as a hero, or should we pity him? The story's conclusion and the fact that he is rewarded with sex with over 600 women while he waits for the object of his obsession makes me lean toward the former option, but what does this say about love? Is love really obsession? Should we really consider such impracticality admirable? In real life, wouldn't Florentino's behavior be tantamount to stalking? The only moment when Florentino is put up for ridicule and question involves him writing a bill of lading as a love poem, and this scene is welcome in the film's larger context. Yet it also contributes to the unevenness of the film because the ridicule is almost immediately abandoned. Overall, I really wanted to like Love in the Time of Cholera, but the film lacks the singular purpose and consistency of it hero.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A sort of tragic love tale of sorts, a long film, but as with most Javier Bardem films, there is a great quality to them. Whilst the storyline itself was a little one-dimensional (in a simplistic sort of way) the acting was not and it was a sincere tale of true love.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Interesting movie, with good acting.

Has some memorable scenes.

Love in the Time of Cholera is a good movie, well made, nothing more.

Emile Tremblay
Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

Love is a very weird thing.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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