'Love Happens' Critic Reviews

71%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
17%
Rotten Tomatoes:   107 reviews
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    An ill-conceived dramady about love and grief.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    63
    While Love Happens is the prototypical big studio weeper, it still has some impact on your funny bone and heart.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Pete Hammond Boxoffice Magazine
    50
    Love Happens-but not much else in this heartfelt but dull romantic dirge.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Keith Cohen Entertainment Spectrum
    75
    You will want to have your tissues ready for the powerful emotional punch delivered by this film. Screenwriters Camp and Thompson break the mold with a story told with sincerity and honesty.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jason McKiernan Filmcritic.com
    20
    the worst romantic comedy of the year
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Thomas Leupp Hollywood.com
    40
    Love does indeed happen, though it sure takes its sweet time, in this this meandering drama.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    34
    Even Aniston cannot make the antics forced on her by this screenplay look adorable.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    0
    Yeah, love happens. So does something else. Sappy, overemphatic and cloying...[a] mountain of narrative cliches.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Palo Alto Weekly
    25
    Pure Hollywood hokum, with plotting that's practically impossible...graceless product placement, cutesy situations, and neatly tied bows.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dan Fienberg HitFix
    More truthful (equally generic) titles might include: "Death Happens," "Psychobabble Happens" or "Lazy Screenwriters Make Love Happen Even If The Leads Have No Chemistry"
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru
    9
    Bland, corny, sophomoric, unimaginative and painfully contrived with two leads who have no charisma or chemistry together. [It's] a great cure for insomnia.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kevin McCarthy BDK Reviews
    60
    The film was a winner right up until the last ten minutes, when it preceded to punch me in the face with every cliche possible.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    50
    It's not a must-see, but with some nice performances and some scenic views of Seattle, if you wait until it comes to cable, it's pleasant enough.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun
    25
    Love Happens is an inorganic soap opera: It leaves you with a sudsy residue.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    I'd never have expected that the movie would be saved, just a little, from being complete bullsh*t by the presence of Aaron Eckhart.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    40
    Dramedy about grief and love likely won't interest kids.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News
    17
    In defense of Love Happens, we can say only that it's not as hair-raising a combination of romance and grief as last year's Seven Pounds, although it's close.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson L.A. Weekly
    Burke's hollow pop-psychspeak, lightly ridiculed at first, is wholly embraced by the film's end, if not as adamantly as the outrageous product placements for Qwest and Home Depot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    25
    ...a coma-inducing collection of unimaginative sermons, tasteless symbolism and one of the most crass uses of product placement to come down the pike in some time
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeff Vice Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    A cliche-ridden, treacly drama that trivializes the bereavement process while it makes romance look easy and like a foregone conclusion.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    25
    Oh, Love Happens, does it? Thanks, movie. Thanks for the evocative and powerful title. Way to show some effort.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    63
    Although the film begins promisingly, it proves to be little more than a soap opera.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Luke Y. Thompson E! Online
    50
    If a camera crew had simply followed Eckhart around Seattle without any directions, they could probably have come up with almost the same film.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Brandon Fibbs BrandonFibbs.com
    60
    [The director] goes for the melodramatic jugular, knocking over the pitcher of lemonade his characters have so faithfully made from their lemons, and souring the entire film.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    75
    A surprisingly thoughtful romantic drama saddled with a climactic scene so cloying and artificial that one can hardly believe it's part of the same movie. And yet, what surrounds this five-minute faux pas is really kind of great.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
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