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Valentine's Day Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Heart-shaped box of nothing. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

More irritating than actual VD. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    How you feel about Valentine's Day may depend on how you feel when someone really, really cute -- and someone you're really, really fond of -- gives you a nasty box of cheap chocolate on Valentine's Day, picked up at the corner Rite Aid and delivered with the price tag still attached.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film feels as calculatedly sentimental as one of those bland pink candy hearts.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Yet another Hollywood romantic comedy that's all but devoid of romance and laughs.

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  • See all Valentine's Day reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Mushy ensemble romcom sticks to formula; some sexy stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this ensemble romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall -- which stars everyone from Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, and Anne Hathaway to teen faves Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift -- features relationships in various stages, from sweet childhood crushes and hormone-driven teen matchups to confusing adult connections and mature, enduring love. Characters kiss, teens talk about having sex, unmarried couples are seen in bed together, and a man cheats on his wife. There’s a sense that you're incomplete without a partner, and that finding true love isn’t easy – and yet everything has a fairy-tale feel in the end. Expect some swearing (including "s--t") and a few raunchy conversations.

  • Families can talk about what Valentine’s Day means, if anything. Is it really manufactured, and does it make people who aren’t with someone on that day feel bad? Can it be a chance to focus on a relationship for a day, or does it just breed consumerism?
  • Does the film approach the topic of love any differently from other romantic comedies? Are all the pairings and their subsequent conclusions believable?
  • How does the film portray dating and romance? Ask your teens if this is what they think adult relationships are really like.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Though the film portrays many kinds of love, there's a particular emphasis on romantic love, and those who lack it seem bereft. One portrayal of mature love, though needing exploration, is surprisingly complex.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: There’s a liar in the mix, but for the most part, the characters here are decent people striving for love and connectedness.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two teens discuss their plans to meet at lunch and have sex for the first time. The teenage boy is shown naked, with a guitar hiding his genitals. Couples kiss, sometimes in bed wearing little clothing; women’s legs peek out from beneath bedcovers. One character works as a phone-sex attendant, and viewers hear her raunchy conversations. A married man cheats on his wife, and his girlfriend has no clue that he’s "taken." A man is shown getting out of the shower and walking around in a towel.

  • language false3

    Language: A sprinkling of “bitch,” “ass,” “moron,” and “hell,” and the occasional “s--t.” Several uses of "God" as an exclamation.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: It’s hard not to notice that many characters are toting BlackBerrys. ESPN is name-dropped.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking by adult characters.

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