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Love Actually

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United Kingdom, United States, France
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2003

Rated R · 2h 15m

Director Richard Curtis
Starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Lúcia Moniz, Laura Linney
Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
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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.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Jamie Bitz Profile picture for Jamie Bitz

My all-time favorite guilty pleasure movie. It's everything you love about the holidays: Christmas parties, surprise love, and happy endings. But don't be fooled---between affairs and forbidden loves, Christmas joy isn't as easy for these couples to find as it seems. If you need a light-hearted rom-com that won't suffocate you with triteness, give Love Actually a chance.

Stella Rumble Profile picture for Stella Rumble

A Christmas classic and one of my favorite rom-coms. The cast is great and the way the story weaves between characters is really enjoyable. All this along with a witty and sentimental script make this a delightful watch.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

60

Newsweek by 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.
75

ReelViews by 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."
70

The Hollywood Reporter by 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.
50

Village Voice by 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.
50

New York Magazine (Vulture) by 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.
50

Rolling Stone by 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.
70

Time by 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.
60

Dallas Observer by 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.
80

Variety by 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.

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