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I Hate Valentine's Day Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0
    17

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is probably the year's worst romantic comedy -- and that's saying something in a year that includes "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "Whatever Works."

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    This is a film with a mission: Get to the grand-gesture climax without disturbing any clichés in its path.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Vardalos calls her film "the ultimate indie experiment," and if that's what is meant by ham-fisted pacing, writing, and acting, this is as ultimate and as indie as it gets.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is set up as a valentine to Vardalos. She should try sending herself flowers.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety

    A plodding mediocrity with an almost mercenary adherence to formula.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A charmless rom-com.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although the movie was clearly made on the cheap, cinematography, sets and costumes belie the modest budget. No one will be thunderstruck by the insights buried in "Valentine's Day," but couples seeking romantic fluff probably will find just enough humor and heart to satisfy them.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Uninspired romcom is no My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tepid romantic comedy reuniting the stars of My Big Fat Greek Wedding is actually quite tame in terms of age-appropriate content. There’s no swearing or violence, only a little bit of social drinking, and not much sexy stuff aside from some kissing and one scene showing a couple in bed (only shoulders and legs uncovered). But while the movie's friendships are portrayed as sweet and supportive, it perpetuates corny, superficial ideas about romance and relationships.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays relationships. What impact does parents' relationship have on their kids? How important is romance in long-term relationships? Do you think the movie takes a realistic view of love?
  • Families can also discuss the movie's gender expectations and stereotypes. Are guys really the only ones who should do the wooing in heterosexual relationships? Do women need to be pursued?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's friendships are quite enduring and very supportive; its ideas about romance are less refreshing (see Role Models section).

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Everyone behaves as nicely as can be, given their relationship insecurities and individual peccadilloes. That said, there's some stereotyping (the men working as florists are gay, etc.) and Genevieve’s ideas about love start out superficial, highlightingromance but not the hard work that goes into keeping relationshipsgoing. Ultimately, the film perpetuates romantic myths and assumptions (including somediscussion about how women need to be wooed with flowers and presentsand wined and dined to keep the romance heated), which makes for cutesyscenes that aren’t entirely realistic.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Some scenes of couples arguing.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple kisses passionately; they’re later shown in bed, ostensibly after having had sex, under the covers with bare shoulders and legs revealed.

  • language false1

    Language: “Suck” is about as salty as it gets.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking; no drunkenness.

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