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The transition from novel to film is awkwardly executed, and Sedgwick's character, despite the attempts to make her sympathetic, merely comes across as creepy and crazy. Read critic reviews

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A quirky, overly possessive single woman (Kyra Sedgwick) is taken aback by her young son Paul's (Dominic Scott Kay) growing independent streak. After unsuccessfully trying to strengthen their bond by taking the boy on vacation, Emily returns home and enrolls him in school. Believing that Paul is slipping away from her, Emily becomes unhinged.

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Kyra Sedgwick
Emily Stoll
Kevin Bacon
Marty Stoll
Oliver Platt
Mr. Pomeroy
Campbell Scott
Paul's Father
Marisa Tomei
Sybil Stoll
Sosie Bacon
Child Emily
Danny Dimbort
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Andrew Lang
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Avi Lerner
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Trevor Short
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Nancy Schreiber
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David Ray
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Kelli Lerner
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Chris Shriver
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Niamh Byrne
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John A. Dunn
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Critic Reviews for Loverboy

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (28)

  • Even though Loverboy is only 86 minutes long, as it wore on, I wore out.

    June 21, 2006
  • There is a lot of skill on display here and a great performance but I can't recommend it either because this woman is so clearly and obviously abusive and insane.

    June 19, 2006
  • Emily is a complicated woman, all right, but she's a difficult person to spend an entire movie with.

    June 16, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • First-time director Kevin Bacon (Mr. Sedgwick) cleverly maintains a balance of discomfiting and familiar by jumping nimbly around Emily's life.

    June 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Remarkably unsubtle and by-the-numbers, and thanks to some curious plotting, it's also a bit shrill and unpleasant.

    July 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If the situations are intentionally unreal, Sedgwick's performance could not be more real.

    July 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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  • Jul 20, 2008
    A surprisingly well-made drama with a stunning ending.
    Andrew F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2008
    On the one hand, I hate Emily for being so selfish (a characteristic possibly passed down by her parents). On the other hand, the way she was portrayed by K. Sedg makes me feel that I'm being too judgemental. One question I have is how did the Emily of the 70s (the Life On Mars singing Emily) turn into the nutbag Emily of present day? She seemed so normal as a child. Sandra Bullock gave an incredible depth to her character who made only cameo appearances. For the funniest performance given a background extra EVER, skip to the part where Paul/Loverboy meets the school children for the first time (watch the boy third from the left). Hilarious.
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2007
    Horrifying tale of sickness and obsessive love of a mother for her child.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Loverboy," Emily(Kyra Sedgwick) has decided to be the kind of parent her parents(Kevin Bacon & Marisa Tomei) never were.(All her memories of them are unpleasant and border on caricature.) Her first step is to give birth to her baby on her own with the help of a vast selection of sperm donors. When that does not work, she succeeds after a one night stand in Chicago. After the baby is born, she buys a house in Yonkers with cash.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Kevin Bacon, "Loverboy" is an insipid movie about motherhood that takes the conservative stance that all independently single mothers are kooks.(Admittedly, Kyra Sedgwick does have a way with playing neurotics, as demonstrated in "The Closer," especially when pastry is involved.) The movie naively believes that love is needed in making a baby when all is required is one unhappy accident. And there is nothing wrong with home schooling a child, even if some parents do it for religious reasons. Anyway, I think all parents, single or married, are selfish to one degree or another.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]And hey is that Sandra Bullock?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Note: Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott and Matt Dillon were also in "Singles."[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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