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Why Do Fools Fall In Love Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
June 18, 2008
Too ill defined to emerge from the pack of box office also-rans.
Dave McCoy
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
This biopic is soulless, underwritten, over-acted and, worse, just plain dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Larenz Tate is terrific recreating the excitement of Frankie's stage presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Worth it for the music -- but only barely.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The biggest problem is the man at the center.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
A celebration of pop fantasies, a boyish rascal with a helium voice, and three pretty fools who fell in love with him.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though Nava's soapy directing style makes Fools watchable enough in a campy way, the film's unsophisticated nature undermines its better qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lymon's career may have been short and sad, but Why Do Fools Fall in Love finds the melodrama of his life in the exciting music of his time and the tumult of his romances.
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
A cop-out!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Despite employing the familiar motion picture elements of sex, greed, and music, this is not a run-of-the- mill biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What made Frankie run? The movie clearly doesn't know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A fun romp down memory lane!

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The performances will ensure that Fools will fare better than most movies about music icons.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
We get no discernible Frankie at all!
Full Review | Original Score: C
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Worth seeing just for the soundtrack and the nostalgia.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Fails to bring anything new to what is rapidly becoming a genre unto itself (the 'talented but betrayed and flawed musical legend dead before their time' genre) making one wonder Why Did They Even Bother?
| Original Score: 66/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The film is, in the end, an old-style, well-mounted melodrama.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
We're treated to some meticulously re-created '50s rock performances, along with original recordings by Lyman, the Platters, Little Richard and others.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
The electricity in the air is so palpable each time Tate takes on the role of Lymon on the concert stage that we wonder how do-wop could ever have gone out of fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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