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Love Story Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The interesting thing is that Hiller has saved the movie without substantially changing anything in the book.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Time

    "What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?" You can say that her movie, though soapy, is better than her silly book.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    It is generally successful on all artistic levels, propelled by the best-selling Erich Segal novel written from the original screenplay.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It looks to be clean and pure and without artifice, even though it is possibly as sophisticated as any commercial American movie ever made.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Mega-hit of the 1970s isn't as powerful today.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the dialogue is peppered with mild expletives. Although Jennifer supports Oliver in law school, she promptly gives up her musical aspirations to be a housewife as soon as he finds a job.

  • Families can talk about how death and dying are portrayed in films. Was Jennifer's death portrayed realistically? Families who have experienced the dying and death of family member might compare that to the movie. Why do movie makers make death and dying either seem idyllic, as in this case, or gruesome, as in horror movies? Would you like to see movies that portray death realistically? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although Jennifer supports Oliver in law school, she promptly gives up her musical aspirations to be a housewife as soon as he finds a job. Modern audiences may find the gender roles out of sync with the times.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false2

    Sex: A love scene.

  • language false3

    Language: Jennifer's dialogue is peppered with mild expletives.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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