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Love Actually

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  Love Actually Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
5.70 /10
Hugh Grant , Liam Neeson , Colin Firth
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Directed by: Richard Curtis
Written by: Richard Curtis

Released: 2003
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 128

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Enough of Curtis' lovably crazed characters do succeed in finding love in all the unlikely places that you leave the theater with your heart humming happily. He has his dark - well, darkish - side under control. Which is to say that he is an Englishman, well practised in masking pain and absurdity and descents into sheer goofiness with mannerly behavior, sly irony and stiff upper lips.
(Richard Schickel, Time)
Movie reviewers who gush always sound like they're waging a shameless campaign to get themselves quoted in the ads, but I loved Love Actually and will happily recommend it to anyone who asks. It's a chick flick, to be sure, but men at a recent preview seemed to be having a pretty good time, too... As if a pointillist, Curtis keeps applying tiny dots of color to his canvas until he completes the whole. By the movie's end, you realize who's related or friends, and it simply adds another layer of richness to the proceedings... Christmas romantic comedies can be like holiday cookies with too many sweets folded into the batter. Love Actually, admittedly stuffed with perhaps two or four too many characters, is not the deepest, most prestigious or thoughtful movie out there, but it sure is enjoyable and uplifting. And some days, that's like a mysterious package under the tree, just waiting for you to remove the oversize bow and rip off the wrapping.
(Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Movies like Love Actually are often made by jaded cynics preying on our shallowest feelings. One senses that Curtis is not a cynic but a congenital optimist who believes that, notwithstanding the evening news, love really is all around ó or at least lurking by the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. Love Actually is often banal, but it is not false, and even its willfully sunny creator will allow that love doesnít conquer all. The truest, most affecting scenes come late in the movie, and they have nothing to do with resolution, and everything to do with renunciation.
(Ella Taylor, LA Weekly)
This is a movie about taking big chances (both hopeful and hopeless), about making big gestures to show our love, and about big, big feelings that may make us crazy and miserable but remind us that we are alive and why we are alive... Any movie that manages to include a child dressed as a Nativity lobster, a Bay City Rollers song played at a funeral, love-emergency lessons in both drums and Portuguese, and Hugh Grant dancing through the halls of 10 Downing Street to the Pointer Sisters is worth seeing at least twice.
(Nell Minow, Movie Mom)
Epic in scope but intimate and funny at the same time... I dread using words like delightful, charming and funny no matter how apt a descriptor of a film they may be but writer/director Richard Curtis' latest feature proves itself to be all of those things and more. This film could well be the closest thing we ever get to making the intangible tangible. If we had to take every feeling we ever had about love and put it to a word or an image we'd end up with something an awful lot like Love Actually.
(Brandon Curtis,
Love Actually is an unabashedly romantic feel-good comedy that will stop at nothing to be loved itself... A big warm-fuzzy that is funny and entertaining enough to see.
(Bill Payne,
Sprint to the cinema.
(Mariella Frostrup, Harpers & Queen)
The best Brit flick ever.
(Victoria Newton, Sun)
100% unmissable.
(Shebah Ronay, News of the World)
One big glorious Christmas pudding of a film, and itís truly scrumptious.
(Neil Norman, Evening Standard)
Donít miss the biggest romantic comedy of the year.
(Allan Hunter, Daily Express)
Sit back and gawp... revel... enjoy.
(James Christopher, Times)
Donít even consider missing out on this blast of pure cinema joy.
(Charles Gant, Heat)

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