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Music and Lyrics Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 20, 2007
It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good way.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 20, 2007
Light, sweet and agreeably confident
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
February 17, 2007
This isn't just a chick flick wallowing in moon-spoon-June levels of Hallmark mush; it's the 'Macarena' of cut-rate rom-coms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 17, 2007
We're clearly deep into romantic-comedy territory here, so it's a good thing we're also in the hands of excellent guides.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 15, 2007
I don't think the ending is up to the rest of the movie, but Grant and Barrymore are great together, and the movie has both zing and song.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 15, 2007
Drew Barrymore is that rare movie starlet who can handle the comedy end of romantic comedy, but she coasts through her underwritten role as a goofy plant sitter recruited by Grant to write his lyrics.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 15, 2007
As the suave '40s-style romance Lawrence clearly means it to be, Music and Lyrics is strictly easy listening.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 14, 2007
What Grant lacks in credibility as a lover he makes up for in eagerness to please. He wickedly skewers the music of the 1980s -- he sings! he dances! -- while at the same time reminding us of the cruel reality of disposable pop stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 14, 2007
[It] won my heart for what it didn't do: all the moments it could have strained for farce or confessional self-disclosure, and instead turned its attention back to the problem at hand.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 14, 2007
It's not a great movie, but for a Valentine's Day date this year, you could do a lot worse.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 14, 2007
Grant strikes precisely the right note with regard to Alex's career: He's too intelligent not to be a little embarrassed, but he's far too brazen to feel anything like shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 14, 2007
After the plethora of alleged comedies we've been getting lately, this feel-fine rom-com with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore is a perfect warm-hearted, heart-shaped antidote to the winter blahs.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2007
More substantial than a sugary treat, this crunchy rom-com with Hugh Grant as a has-been popster and Drew Barrymore as a never-was poet (they collaborate on a hit song) is simply irresistible.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 14, 2007
Paper dolls have more depth.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 14, 2007
Too bad director Lawrence tends to hit you over the head with the jokes in his script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 14, 2007
Grant is as smarmily sarcastic as ever, but Barrymore constantly pulls him back. Despite her record number of bad role choices, she may be the warmest comedy actress around, and you can't help rooting for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 14, 2007
As dismal and atonal as a dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 14, 2007
When the movie zooms in on their fruit-and-nutcake relationship, it's adorable, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2007
Most of the musical numbers, including the central song, are unexpectedly catchy and believable. Thanks for that goes to songwriter Adam Schlesinger of the band Fountains of Wayne.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 14, 2007
As Hugh Grant ages, something is becoming clear: The actor's most compelling attribute is not his floppy forelock but the vein of charming self-loathing that has always been pulsing under his masterfully mussed-up hair.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2007
Every Valentine's Day should be blessed with a confection as fluffy, light and satisfying as Music and Lyrics, a date movie filled with laughs and tunes and nothing too terribly serious to say.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 14, 2007
Music and Lyrics is also given buoyancy by the pitch-perfect songs composed by Adam Schlesinger, the talented pop ironist of the band Fountains of Wayne.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 14, 2007
The movie passes muster as a corny, mildly witty and often bouncy diversion.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Paige Wiser
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2007
The movie is as disposable as the music in it. But movie theaters need filler, too -- and this is the best kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 14, 2007
In the end, the movie's just the kind of enjoyably empty-headed fluff it celebrates and mocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 14, 2007
Music and Lyrics aspires to nothing more than the competent dispensing of mild amusement and easy emotion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2007
Despite dragging in the last third, the movie works as a light and frothy confection for an enjoyable Valentine's Day treat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 13, 2007
Music and Lyrics is worth the heartstring tugs if only to see writer-director Marc Lawrence dispense a keen, mildly rueful sense of how that era gets channeled into the present day's mass psyche.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2007
If Music and Lyrics were a song, you'd have to say it doesn't have a good beat, though it is easy to dance to.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 13, 2007
A satisfying scoop of audiovisual comfort food. Expect more and you have no one to blame but yourself.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 13, 2007
It is what it is, and it is that honorably.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2007
Music and Lyrics will make you want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 13, 2007
If there's one thing Music and Lyrics understands, it's the apparent effortlessness of a good pop song, the way, particularly on a bad day, it can seem like a gift floating down from the heavens.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
February 13, 2007
Writer-director Marc Lawrence foists upon his film a rather preposterous meet-cute that renders a promising premise about comebacks and rare second chances predictable and innocuous.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 13, 2007
The movie fails to achieve a position in the top echelon of romantic comedies, but it resides high enough in the pecking order to be worth a look by anyone with a penchant for the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 12, 2007
A weird little hybrid of a romantic comedy that's simultaneously too fluffy and not whimsical enough.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 9, 2007
The amusement inherent in watching Hugh Grant play a washed-up '80s boy-band pop star angling for a comeback provides Music and Lyrics with its catchy hook.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 8, 2007
If writer-director Marc Lawrence had stuck with Alex's faded glory, Music and Lyrics could have been terrific. It could have been about something.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2007
The melody might be familiar, but Grant and Barrymore keep this catchy rom-com humming along agreeably.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
February 8, 2007
A routine romcom.