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Laws of Attraction

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Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 1h 30m
Director Peter Howitt
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen, Parker Posey
Genre Comedy, Romance

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

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The New Yorker by 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 Hollywood Reporter by 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 A.V. Club by 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.


Dallas Observer by 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.


Variety by 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.

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