Critic Consensus: 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.
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as Paul (age 6)
as Mr. Pomeroy
as Mrs. Harker
as Paul's Father
as Jeanette Rawley
as Emily (age 10)
as Anita Biddle
as Allen Rawley
as Miss Silken
as UPS Delivery Man
as Library Donor
as Memphis Parking Lot Donor
as Coke Bottle Glasses Donor
as Emily's 3rd Grade Teacher
as Crossing Guard
as Paul's Pal Jeff
as Paul (age 16)
as Allison (age 16)
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Critic Reviews for Loverboy
Long before the 86-minute film runs its course, you'll want to bolt from your seat and call Child Protective Services.
Even though Loverboy is only 86 minutes long, as it wore on, I wore out.
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.
Emily is a complicated woman, all right, but she's a difficult person to spend an entire movie with.
First-time director Kevin Bacon (Mr. Sedgwick) cleverly maintains a balance of discomfiting and familiar by jumping nimbly around Emily's life.
The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.
Audience Reviews for Loverboy
A surprisingly well-made drama with a stunning ending.
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.
|Emily:||There is no falling in love like falling in love with a child.|
|Emily:||My equation was simple. Many men equals no father.|
|Emily:||I was careful to choose only men whose genetic flowering showed something splendid.|
|Mrs. Harker:||Hey, Emily. Don't let any boys give you trouble, okay? All you have to remember is that deep down inside, they're all afraid of girls.|
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