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Love Happens

Romance . Drama

Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) is a successful self-help author and motivational speaker with a secret. While he helps thousands of people cope with tragedy and personal loss, he secretly is unable to overcome the death of his late wife. It's not until Burke meets a fiercely independent florist name Eloise (Aniston) that he is forced to face his past and overcome his demons.

Actors: Clyde Kusatsu , Joe Anderson , Frances Conroy , Sasha Alexander , Dan Fogler , John Carroll Lynch , Judy Greer , Martin Sheen , Jennifer Aniston , Aaron Eckhart
Directors: Brandon Camp
Country: USA , CANADA , UK
Release: 2009-09-18
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  • Calvin Wilson

    Although the film begins promisingly, it proves to be little more than a soap opera.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    More thoughtful than its cookie-cutter marketing campaign implies, and better than its awful title promises, "Love Happens" is the rare Hollywood romance concerned with emotions other than love at first sight.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    An incredibly lazy movie -- but not an unbearable one, thanks to Aaron Eckhart's charm.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Delivers all the pain, melodrama and redemption that fans of the genre demand.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Love Happens is an oddly upbeat title for a movie that is surprisingly sad.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    One of those sticky dramas.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    Aniston's constituency will enjoy seeing her again in Love Happens . She's lovely and fun to be with, as always.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Eckhart has even less chemistry with Aniston than he did with fellow narcissist Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2007’s "No Reservations," going soft and gooey only when he and Martin Sheen, as Burke’s father-in-law, share a big cry.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The vital signs in Love Happens, a movie that feels likes a laboriously padded outline, are faint.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Excise the love story, and there's a pretty good movie buried within Love Happens struggling to get out, mostly to little avail.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The film contains almost no rough edges; thanks to decades of previous use, just about every shot and sequence is as polished as a riverbed stone.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    The title is a good indication of this movie's blandness and predictability.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    If that's the best Hollywood screenwriters can do, maybe they should sign up for a self-help seminar. Nothing focuses the mind like a little firewalking.

    NPR Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    Falls between romance and drama without really satisfying either.

    Empire Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    That this superficial romance between a successful self-help author and a nurturing florist is also a film about overcoming the tragedy of losing a loved one only makes its clichéd insipidity that much more irksome.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I wish the movie made emotional sense, because it’s all about getting in touch with whatever’s holding you back, but it doesn’t.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Structurally, this is as by-the-numbers as rom-coms get, right down to the wacky best friends, played by Judy Greer and Dan Fogler. For a while, it's low-key enough to be tolerable.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Some may wonder why Jennifer Aniston keeps taking projects about single women unlucky in love. But the bigger question in Love Happens is why, with her pick of scripts, she chose one so utterly uninspired.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    The dialogue is often grating, and some of the situations are distastefully cute, although John Carroll Lynch (Fargo) has a strong supporting turn as a grief workshop client.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    It might sound intriguing to root the saying, "Physician, heal thyself," in the plight of a hypocritical self-help guru, but the romantic drama Love Happens suffers from acute irony deficiency.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    No authentic emotion of any kind happens in this damp, Seattle-based romance, a fizzle for both stars.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Love Happens? It depends on your definition of “love.” And “happens.” There isn’t much of either in this predictable, putzy drama.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's a limp romantic drama that occasionally lifts its drowsy head to attempt a wan smile, a picture that starts out being harmlessly dull and ends, somehow, in a place that feels insultingly manipulative. Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Love Happens is a weepie about the grieving process, mainly my own.

    New York Post Full Review
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