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Love Actually

Drama . Romance . Comedy

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in, and out, of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

Actors: Rory MacGregor , Joanna Page , Martin Freeman , Heike Makatsch , Kris Marshall , Emma Thompson , Colin Firth , Gregor Fisher , Bill Nighy , Sienna Guillory , Liam Neeson
Directors: Richard Curtis
Country: UK , USA , FRANCE
Release: 2003-11-14
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  • Roger Ebert

    The movie's only flaw is also a virtue: It's jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn't want to leave anything out.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A roundly entertaining romantic comedy, Love Actually is still nearly as cloying as it is funny…its cheeky wit, impossibly attractive cast and sure-handed professionalism are beguiling.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's not so much the individual storylines that grab you, but Curtis’ unrelenting optimism. In the end, it's nice to know that love, actually, does conquer all.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The biggest surprise in the cheery, delightful Love Actually is its lively, edgy, slightly blue sense of humor.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    At times soppy, sentimental and shamelessly romantic, at other moments bursting with clever barbs -- and now and then zooming in on something telling and poignant -- Love Actually is just about impossible to dislike.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Love Actually is irresistible. You'd have to be Ebenezer Scrooge not to walk out smiling.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Appealing and genial with plenty of solid laughs, and worthy of a recommendation for those who appreciate this kind of thing. Just don't expect material that's edgy, dark, or challenging. Consider Love Actually the antidote to "Mystic River."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's a toasty, star-packed ensemble comedy in which a handful of lonelyhearts attempt, with some success, to come out of their shells, and it's going to make a lot of holiday romantics feel very, very good; watching it, I felt cozy and charmed myself.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Reminds you of an elaborate Christmas card that tumbles apart with pop-up figures, silly/charming greetings and perhaps even a jingle. It probably cost more than the gift it heralds, and you can't help but laugh at the audacity of such an aggressively cheerful card.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Frequently funny, generally fizzy and occasionally piercingly perceptive about the price love exacts.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    If you’re going to have your emotional responses shunted around like a gear stick, it might as well be by someone who writes dialogue as funny as Curtis does.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Provides enough happy endings to make the audience forget that romance and Christmas miracles don't always work out.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    Enough of Curtis' lovably crazed characters do succeed in finding love in all the unlikely places that you leave the theater with your heart humming happily. He has his dark -- well, darkish -- side under control. Which is to say that he is an Englishman, well practiced in masking pain and absurdity and descents into sheer goofiness with mannerly behavior, sly irony and stiff upper lips.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Mind you, there's lots to like, if not love, in this London-set, star-studded comedy. Unfortunately, there's a little bit to hate, too.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    The film is in one sense lifelike: in order to get the good, we have to endure the lesser.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The film is an audience-pleaser, but very calculated and far from Curtis' best work: His script will go to any lengths to be cute, and his direction tends to be overly broad. In the end, he wears us out with the sheer volume of witty and endearing characters.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Structurally, Love Actually is less like "Four Weddings" than it is "Scary Movie 3." ­Curtis throws every gag he can think of at the screen and the ones that don't stick, he throws again and again.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    By far the best single performance in the film - and it is really, really terrific, utterly believable and moving - is by Emma Thompson. To the extent that there is genuine feeling in the movie that doesn't feel slickly manipulative, it's in the scenes involving her character.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Charming, if terribly overstuffed, vision of romantic London gridlock.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Overall, it pushes its "love is good" message with such insistence, so many cheery pop tunes, airport hugs, coincidences and teary smiles, that it feels like one long commercial. Surely love is a desirable enough commodity that it doesn't require such a hard sell.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Caroline Westbrook

    It’s a formula that works and, as crowd-pleasing mainstream Britcom goes, it’s a relatively solid, if flawed, entry into the genre.

    Empire Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Feels less like a brand-new movie than a greatest-hits compendium. It offers nothing new and instead makes do with presenting the warmed-over like something pulled fresh from the oven.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Though it would be dishonest to call this an unqualified success, it would be churlish not to tip the hat to Love Actually's genuine charm.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Alternately beguiling and bloated, witty and warmed over, smart and pandering. The majority is likely to swoon; the minority will squirm their way through it.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It's too florid, too calculated, too too. Here's my emotional declaration: I love Richard Curtis' work. But I can't help feeling that the Bard of Embarrassment could use a touch more shame.

    Slate Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Sometimes complicated, sometimes incredibly simple, the film explicates or fawns over the human condition with occasional charm and poignancy but too often it's just cloying.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Curtis ladles sugar over the eager-to-please Love Actually to make it go down easy, forgetting that sometimes it just makes you gag.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    The movie grows more cloying and repetitive as it stretches well beyond two hours. Almost every main character boasts the same bashful, puppy-dog attitude toward romance.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    Abandons any pretext of sophistication for gloppy sentimentality, sugary pop songs and bawdy humor -- an approach that works about half the time.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    There were times watching this movie when I felt I was being force-fed 30 pounds of crème brûlée. Which isn’t to say I choked on every minute: I chortled heartily at the thread about the comeback of the washed-up rock star (Bill Nighy).

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    If you feel yourself glowing after Love Actually, you might be suffering from sugar shock.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Chris Barsanti

    Ultimately, when Love Actually pulls out all the stops, which it does at least three times during the final smorgasbord of climaxes, it can be well nigh irresistible.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    I would have hated Love Actually less if it had been a total, clumsy disaster; the problem is that Curtis does pull off some amazingly well-tuned moments, as well as some very funny ones. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Cloying as much of this stuff is, it's not cynical. Curtis seems genuinely convinced that love is all around. Far be it from me to say otherwise. We don’t speak the same language.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    When he isn't overreaching for absurdity, Curtis can write bouncy patter, but each character gets about 60 seconds before the movie jumps deck to the next love-seeker and the next moony pratfall.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    If listing the cast of Love Actually is exhausting, it's even more tiring to watch it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    What's the message: that women must remain vigilant about poundage to keep husbands from chasing taut-thighed secretaries? That's a charitable Christmas thought.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    A romantic comedy-drama has to make sense, though, and Love Actually doesn't, actually.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    A patchwork of contrived naughtiness and forced pathos...The loose ends are neatly tied up, as they are when you seal a bag of garbage -- or if you prefer, rubbish.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Gets to be dislikable in its glib feelgoodness. The movie's many excellent actors do too much acting with too little conviction in scenes that rush through perfunctory setups to deliver pat payoffs.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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