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Love Is All You Need (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 27

Undeniably slight and fluffy, Love Is All You Need is redeemed by its picturesque setting and warm performances by Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 9

Undeniably slight and fluffy, Love Is All You Need is redeemed by its picturesque setting and warm performances by Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.

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LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is directed by Golden Globe (R) and Oscar (R) winning filmmaker Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness, who's just been left by her husband for a younger woman, Thilde. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to

Sep 10, 2013

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (27)

Result: sufficient pleasure.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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The middle-aged romance between the central characters is a lovely thing, and that makes up for everything.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hearst Newspapers
Hearst Newspapers
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Bier is daring to deal with both familial dysfunction and mature romance without painting either in the standard broad strokes.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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We've seen enough romantic comedy to know these two are destined to fall for each other, but Bier is that rare filmmaker who can make you wonder if there will actually be a happy ending.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Pierce Brosnan isn't the only reason to see Love is All You Need. He's merely the best reason to seek out Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's entertaining if familiar romantic comedy.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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I lost count of how many times "That's Amore" turned up on the soundtrack, and the comic situations are so stale that the whole thing plays like a Scandinavian Tyler Perry movie.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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While Love is All You Need is better than most films of its type, it's still unable to overcome the numerous cliches that come attached to such a story.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

There's something about a free spirit, even in a movie, that makes everything and everyone around her feel more vibrant.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

I think Bier might be a little too acute an observer of human behavior to agree with the simple premise of her film's title, but she makes us believe it for a while, anyway.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

Lead actress Trine Dyrholm is the best thing about this pat, conventional comedy-drama of romantic reassurance for middle-aged moviegoers and their mothers.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Buffeted by languorous Italian vistas and the emotional depth of the characters, the film falls more into the Nancy Meyers camp of rom com, in which relatable late-in-life romances are played out against sumptuous settings.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The string of awkwardly hilarious family moments will provide plenty of laughs while also endearing the characters to viewers of this Danish romantic comedy...And the more serious moments make for a film that's also surprisingly poignant.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

This bittersweet, multilingual romantic comedy is just as fluffy and forgettable as its title suggests.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Even if it's flawed by a few obvious clichés, Love Is All You Need still comes highly recommended.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Don't think for a moment that postcard prettiness is all that this picture has going for it ... Susanne Bier has made a smart, winning movie that's tougher than many others in its field.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The question isn't whether the two people at the heart of Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need will get together, but how ... Bier demonstrates excellence in a genre where excellence isn't expected

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: AspectRatio.us
AspectRatio.us

A sneakily affecting and entirely pleasant movie elevated by its cast.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Pitched somewhere between a frothy Hollywood romantic comedy and a more sophisticated European family drama, Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need succeeds as neither.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

A watchable romance that needed a lighter touch.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

There are smiles and laughter to be found in Love Is All You Need, but they're not the gossamer sort that evaporate in the moonlight.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It is a perfectly timed, wish-fulfillment summer vacation movie set somewhere idyllic that you can't possibly afford to visit.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Love Is All You Need

Pierce Brosnan in a Danish film. How about them apples! Anyway, this was a decent movie. A little sappy. A lot predictable. The plot was kind of nutty. Really nothing earth shattering here.
November 3, 2013
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'Love Is All You Need'. Brosnan and Dyrholm turn in two great performances, but the screenplay makes weak choices in creating conflict.

Brosnan and Dyrholm's characters are well fleshed out, and undergo a cliched, yet well acted arc. Then there are the extremely poorly written husband sister-in-law. There's nothing good about these two, and they seem there to move the story and character development of others along, doing so in a rather crude manner that made me cringe. This unevenness totally disappoints, and takes away from the film as a whole.

Brosnan is a most pleasant surprise!
January 20, 2013
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Hairdresser Ida (Dyrholm) sports a blond wig, concealing the fact she has just come through chemo treatment for breast cancer, yet still awaits final results. She returns home to find her husband, Leif (Bodnia), cheating on her with a younger woman from his office. The couple's daughter, Astrid (Egelind), is about to be married in Italy, so they decide to travel there separately. At the airport, Ida crashes her car into that of Philip (Brosnan), a grumpy and misanthropic fruit magnate whose outlook is as bitter as the lemons he trades in. Philip just happens to be the father of the young man Ida's daughter is marrying. Reluctantly, Philip and Ida travel to Italy together. Once there, an unlikely romance blossoms between the two.

Scandinavian cinema, and its TV, has become synonymous with gritty crime dramas in recent years. The romantic comedy isn't the first genre you associate with the region, particularly Denmark, the home of such controversy courting directors as Lars Von Trier, Nicholas Winding Refn and Thomas Vinterberg. Indeed, Susanne Bier, the director of 'Love Is All You Need', is herself known for much heavier fare. The theme of coping with death runs through her work and is again present here, with Brosnan playing a man who becomes angry at the world following his wife's senseless death in a car accident.

That's not to say this is a heavy movie, far from it, but it does contain a level of substance absent from the romantic comedies Hollywood churns out. For a start, our two leads are actually likable and worth rooting for. Dyrholm feels like an everyday middle-aged woman who's been dropped into a rom-com scenario. Brosnan's character is more of a movie archetype but he manages to make the role seem fresh. The Irishman is a very under-rated actor, possibly because he doesn't take himself too seriously, but he possesses a range he rarely receives credit for. In the over-looked 2006 western, 'Seraphim Falls' he delivered a stunning dramatic performance and here he shows just how good his comic timing is.
Apart from a disappointingly predictable ending, 'LIAYN' is a charming rom-com aimed at middle-aged viewers but accessible to all but those too ignorant to read subtitles.
April 29, 2013
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    1. Leif: It's been tough on both of us. It's been hard for me to see you so ill.
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