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Laws of Attraction

Action . Comedy . Romance . Thriller

Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.

Actors: Pierce Brosnan , Julianne Moore , Michael Sheen , Parker Posey , Frances Fisher , Nora Dunn , Annika Pergament
Directors: Peter Howitt
Release: 2004-04-30
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  • Connie Ogle

    Brosnan and Moore may not be substitutes for Tracy and Hepburn, but they're more than capable of making you smile for now.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Brosnan and Moore display a knack for fast delivery of smart dialogue both in court and in bed. Their verbal sparring is the main attraction of Laws of Attraction and helped me overlook plot holes of massive proportions.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Brady

    A subtly hilarious supporting performance from Frances Fisher, as Moore's mother, and a latter-day Sid and Nancy (Michael Sheen and Parker Posey, seeming deliriously inebriated the entire time) round out the thoroughly diverting cast.

    Premiere Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Within the limitations of the script, both stars shine. Moore displays a wonderful flair for self-deprecating farce, and Brosnan is cumulatively endearing as her unflappable nemesis.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A tame, fitfully amusing and generally inoffensive romantic comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    For comedy, director Peter Howitt relies on halfhearted slapstick as the script contains little of the sharp dialogue one might expect from a script written at least in part by Harling ("Steel Magnolias," "Soapdish").

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Then they annoy us by trying to deny the attraction while the plot spins its wheels, pretending to be about something.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    It's a middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    More chemistry between the leads would have helped. But Laws of Attraction still would have had a tough case making a jury believe these two unlikable characters belong together, except as a way to take them out of circulation.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    What the filmmakers do to the splendid Moore is simply criminal.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    With tangy Fisher equaling the leads in a sometimes scene-stealing role as Moore's mom, the actors emerge unscathed. Brosnan's part, in fact, is among the actor's most convincing non-Bond characters.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Laws of Attraction is a standard-issue romantic comedy that's missing a key ingredient: the attraction.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    What with two women sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court, you'd think that Hollywood would have graduated past the idea of a female lawyer being a "cute concept," but apparently not. Laws of Attraction is stuck in a time warp that pre-dates Doris Day and Sandra Day O'Conner.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    This frantic scrambling to create a credible fantasy is typical of the script by Aline Brosh McKenna and Robert Harling, which whips the "opposites attract" recipe into a souffl? that never rises.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Operates on such outdated, unimaginative conventions of movie chemistry that Moore and Brosnan end up appearing older and stodgier than necessary.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Laura Sinagra

    Our counselors' lawyer-ese is illegally bland, and their committee-penned banter meticulously Botoxed.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    While slight comic concoction is so airy it seems in danger of floating right off the screen, the pleasant retro vibe and a handful of effervescent moments carry this film no self-respecting heterosexual male would dare see except on a date.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    You may find it pleasantly diverting, especially if you like the leads, but mostly it made me want to see "Adam's Rib" again.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Karen Karbo

    The larger question is not whether these two will wind up together, but rather, if the filmmakers wanted to make a teen movie, why didn't they use real teenagers?

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Brad Slager

    The most painful part of seeing this movie is not the fact that it fails to deliver but that it actually came close.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Simon Braund

    The film seldom raises itself above the level of pleasant. And pleasant ain't sophisticated, and it certainly ain't sexy.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It’s tough to be Tracy and Hepburn, let alone Doris Day and Rock Hudson, when you're trying to get your mouth around lines that wouldn't pass muster on a UPN sitcom.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Moore works to feign vitality where none exists, but that just makes it even more embarrassing to watch her writhe around fruitlessly in the most thankless and ill-fitting of roles.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Nothing about Laws of Attraction is remotely original; even its title has the dull ring of the generic, like "Opposites Attract" or "He Said, She Said." See it or don't. You will never notice the difference.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Laws of Attraction, like the somewhat better "Intolerable Cruelty," seems desperately unsure of itself at crucial moments.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Laughably predictable and lamentably unfunny, Laws of Attraction practically creaks from the effort exerted by its cast, straining to bring snap and panache to a hackneyed exercise. Sno Ball, anyone?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Failed marital farce.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Objection! Actors of Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan's caliber should not be subjected to playing bland and distasteful characters in mediocre romantic comedies.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Posey and Sheen appear to have a blast playing oversized characters so obnoxious that it's obvious they belong together.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Unlike Tracy and Hepburn, the loving and loathing here are absent music and wit and tend to imply that what Moore's character really needs is a good frolic.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sara Gebhardt

    The plot, the dialogue and the main characters' love connection are basically mind-numbing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    They are all victims of a script of such colossal banality and gross stupidity that smiles freeze on their faces, leaving them looking trapped and desperate, much like the audience.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Poor writing and directing are the culprits - and whatever possessed the gifted Moore to make her role a nonstop Diane Keaton imitation? There oughta be a law!

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    There's not much of a script. The direction is the pits, and stars Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, playing dueling divorce lawyers who fall in love, are lousy, too.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    You have to feel sorry for Moore, who is called upon to supply an unappealing mixture of neurosis and starch, and whose instinctive frailty is so endlessly exploited by Howitt's movie that the jokes, such as they are, go into retreat. [3 May 2004, p. 110]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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