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The Thing Called Love Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Perhaps no one could have saved Phoenix, who was not lucky enough to find a higher bottom than death. But this performance in this movie should have been seen by someone as a cry for help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 12, 2006
It's so sad that Phoenix went out not with a bang but with this whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 30, 2004
Although well acted, with early scenes that deftly sketch the atmosphere, the movie, written by Carol Heikkinen, never takes off.
November 18, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
River Phoenix gives a somnambulant impersonation of Christian Slater impersonating Jack Nicholson, and Samantha Mathis spends much of the movie trying to figure out exactly who her character is.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
September 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2009
Peter Bogdanovich brings conviction but little else to this upbeat response to Robert Altman's Nashville.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 2, 2011
A star is born in Nashville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2006
The Thing Called Love charms and touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2006
It's good enough to watch, but not good enough to re-watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 11, 2005
A highlight of Phoenix's career
| Original Score: 3/5
June 23, 2002
It bears as little relation to the real Nashville as Altman's 1975 feature, but director Peter Bogdanovich, the talented cast, and the credited and uncredited screenwriters are so busy conjuring up a charming world of their own that I didn't mind.
April 6, 2006
Nothing terribly new happens here, but Bogdanovich plays out his scenes with tenderness and affection, and the honest performances spring to life.
March 26, 2009
Perhaps there's not much new to say about the dues and disappointments involved in breaking into the country music scene, but the scenes are fresh and the emotions real in Peter Bogdanovich's tune-laden, mixed-mood drama.
February 9, 2006
Bogdanovich's modest staging is occasionally awkward -- his kids still watch John Wayne movies at the drive-in -- but there's a convincing sense of what Nashville's like and how country music works.
May 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Aside from its blatantly commercial aspirations and predictable storyline, there is an appealing cast, enjoyable songs and some funny bits of business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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