'Down With Love' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
60%
Rotten Tomatoes:   184 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    A succulent piece of postmodern fluff.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Intelligent and amusing, even if it never achieves the full-tilt zany desperation of Delbert Mann's Lover Come Back.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    It's a cute premise, and several co-stars help keep the fun going for a while.
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  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Makes the fatal mistake of so much middlebrow satire: It becomes that which it mocks.
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  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's like a Saturday Night Live sketch on a $60 million budget.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    I'm unembarrassed to say I enjoyed myself a lot, even if this giddily retro Renee Zellweger-Ewan McGregor vehicle shifts tone the way a bicycle skips gears.
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  • Laura Sinagra Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [Zellweger's] trademark squint and complete-me bewilderment dissolve her considerable stylized armor and scan as sad, table-scrap hunger.
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  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    In the spirit of the film's buoyant campiness, may I say, up with Down With Love?
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  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    34
    This might have worked if love triumphed, but mush gets lost in the crush of labored mocking and gleeful artifice.
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  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    Down With Love's affection is tainted with condescension, and the movie becomes a charade of winks and nudges.
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  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    While you were hypnotized by the bossa nova and Renee Zellweger's form-fitting pink Givenchy and the rat-a-tat dialogue of the gender wars, the writers and the director tricked you into caring about the plot.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    No better or worse than the movies that inspired it, but that is a compliment, I think.
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  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    An irritation, more fizzle than sizzle.
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  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
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  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    It's pure pleasure to watch Zellweger and McGregor bound across a set with the swinger confidence of Frank Sinatra taking the stage of the Sands Hotel.
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  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Hammy, campy and gloriously cheesy.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    The complete lack of authentic feeling in this film as well as its obsession with period without finding any meaning in that period doom it.
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  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    By the end, you'll probably be whistling a happy tune.
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  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    I think it compares favorably with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back in its well-timed gags and verbal dexterity.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's too dull and hackneyed for the satirical spoof it intends to be, and the actors and director miss the charm and humor of the old Doris Day movies by a margin so wide it doesn't add up to a respectful homage, either.
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  • Megan Lehmann New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Good for a laugh and even better for mining fashion tips.
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  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    If you love those old movies, you'll probably adore this new one.
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  • Susan Walker Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    McGregor is divine as Catcher Block and Zellweger plays her part to pouty perfection.
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  • Ray Conlogue Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The inventiveness doesn't work. It's dragged down by Zellweger and McGregor's self-consciousness, as they mug and overact their way through a film whose style relies on lightness of touch.
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