'Love Happens' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
17%
Rotten Tomatoes:   107 reviews
  • Adam Keleman Slant Magazine
    25
    Eckhart operates on cruise control, but the performance can't be helped as the screenplay is insincere and the overall tone of the film is inconsistent.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Fred Topel Can Magazine
    I think this country really needs movies like this. People are so freaked out about death of natural causes that they protest against health care. Imagine if they ever had to deal with a tragic death.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • 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
  • Ted Fry Seattle Times
    75
    For a sparkly star vehicle with aspirations no greater than highlighting the perfect bone structure of its featured players, Love Happens makes a good case for the three-act formula of a skillfully crafted Hollywood romance.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
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