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Love Actually Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    55

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Gets to be dislikable in its glib feelgoodness. The movie's many excellent actors do too much acting with too little conviction in scenes that rush through perfunctory setups to deliver pat payoffs.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Love Actually is irresistible. You'd have to be Ebenezer Scrooge not to walk out smiling.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a toasty, star-packed ensemble comedy in which a handful of lonelyhearts attempt, with some success, to come out of their shells, and it's going to make a lot of holiday romantics feel very, very good; watching it, I felt cozy and charmed myself.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's only flaw is also a virtue: It's jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn't want to leave anything out.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie's R rating comes from some very strong language, sexual references and sexual situations, including prostitutes and adultery, and humorous nudity. A character's history of sex, drugs, and rock and roll is played for humor. There are some tense and sad scenes. Some audience members may object to the portrayal of the American President (Billy Bob Thornton) as a crude bully. One of the movie's many strengths is its matter-of-fact portrayal of loving inter-racial friendship and romance.

  • Families can talk about how the characters handle their feelings of loss, longing, and fear.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Love is all around.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Strong, loving diverse characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some tense and sad scenes (a funeral for the wife of one of the main characters).

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language including "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug humor, drinking and smoking.

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