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Love Is All You Need Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
Result: sufficient pleasure.
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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
The middle-aged romance between the central characters is a lovely thing, and that makes up for everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 7, 2013
Bier is daring to deal with both familial dysfunction and mature romance without painting either in the standard broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 24, 2013
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2013
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2013
Brosnan is good, and he and Dyrholm erase any and all signs of contrivance in the plot, the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 23, 2013
This is a mature rom-com, if that's not a contradiction in terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 23, 2013
Adult sophistication is Bier's aim, and she delivers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 23, 2013
Despite the excess cheese atop the story, the setting in the birthplace of pizza gives "Love Is All You Need" a satisfying finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 23, 2013
Soft around the edges, but with sincerity at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 16, 2013
Bier spices up the long-hackneyed generic formula with lush location cinematography, outstanding performances ... and subtitles, but otherwise the movie needs a lot more than love.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 16, 2013
Bier's first English-language film deals in the same dumbed-down wish fulfillment peddled by standard American studio fare. What's the Danish word for "Sarah Jessica Parker"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 3, 2013
Dyrholm has an unusual magnetism, the kind of face that seems open and unguarded, yet you can't figure out just what it is she's thinking - she and Brosnan share an excitingly adult chemistry.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 3, 2013
Even with its flaws and occasional flat-footed choices, this is still a rare movie for grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2013
Rather than give her protagonists vivid interior lives, Bier defines them in relation to the satellite characters who circle them ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 2, 2013
Despite the gorgeous sights and rollicking sounds of sunny Italy, a Scandinavian heaviness hangs over the film, with a screenplay by Ms. Bier's frequent collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen, based on a story they developed.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2013
A lovely little lark with a good head on its shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 2, 2013
It's the rare love story that avoids treacly sentimentality. Even rarer is a believable romantic comedy featuring middle-aged people that avoids jokes about sagging flesh and waning libidos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 2, 2013
Two troubled souls struggle with obstreperous relatives and a bundle of unresolved life issues apparently snatched from the nearest airport bookstore.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 2, 2013
What's remarkable ... is how Ms. Bier's film, in Danish and English, finds beauty in its quiet moments, which are many and close between.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
Bier and Jensen have relied so heavily on clichés that their effort can't compare even to the formulaic movies they're trying to emulate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 2, 2013
Mixes in just enough poignancy and honest emotion to make it a perfect date movie, at least for older couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
May 2, 2013
As movies have taught us before (and no doubt will again), a little Mediterranean sunshine and a few plucks of soundtrack mandolin go a long way toward healing heartache.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
May 1, 2013
A refreshingly uncynical and surprisingly practical portrait of two people learning how to take life at face value and embrace the joy which is made available to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 30, 2013
The sole saving grace of this treacly middlebrow dross is the naturally sweet chemistry between Brosnan and Dyrholm.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
Its strongest moments come when Bier exceeds the expectations of the genre ...
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 30, 2013
It's a nifty entertainment that's always easy on the eyes and gains just a bit of dramatic weight as it moves forward.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2013
It's neither unpredictable nor exactly fresh, but audiences willing to surrender to Susanne Bier's gently comic romance will find plenty of rewards.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 17, 2013
The cliché-averse will doubtless resist, but the laughter and tears here are never less than fully earned. A lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
January 22, 2013
Breathtaking visuals (sea cliffs, lemon groves) and heartfelt performances enliven what is otherwise a highly predictable story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
January 22, 2013
Corny as a vat of polenta, but still rib-sticking enough to satisfy those who like lightly seasoned, easily digestible cinematic starch.