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I loved this film, brilliant cast, great story and with a happy ending - what more could you ask for!! (except to see Hugh Grant doing that dance naked).
There are good points and bad points about this film. In some instances, you are clutching your side with hearty laughter, in others, hiding your eyes with annoyance at the cheesy romanticism which Richard Curtis is famed for. There are also too many big names and cameos in this movie for you to really relax and enjoy what's happening.
Creditable performances from young Thomas Sangster who plays Sam (and is also a cousin of Hugh Grant), a lovesick ten-year-old, whilst the more recognisable Martine McCutcheon shines far more on the big screen than in anything she's done for TV. For laughs 8/10, plot 6/10, cheesy love 10/10 ! A real date movie and a gem for Christmas - go see it now !
Nev Cameron, Newcastle, UK
I saw this film last night, I laughed, I smiled, I laughed louder, I left the cinema smiling and so did everyone else. Hands down it's the best film I've seen all year (until Return of the King that is!)
Mathew Gard, UK
Absolutely fantastic. Whole film was brilliant. Hugh and Colin are just the best.
Lynette, Basingstoke, UK
Matthew Slater has totally missed the point. I saw the film in an American cinema (dangerous though that proved to be at one point in the film!) and thought it was a really clever piece of ensemble writing. Although not all plots came together at the end it was so well put together that it felt whole and complete.
The rare and believable transformations in the characters were a smoothly executed piece of writing and the humour was fast and fresh. It is so easy to go to the cinema and be bombarded with negativity at the moment - we all need a film like Love Actually occasionally to show us that there is some fun left in life - and even some love!!
Mike Gilfillan, UK/USA
It doesn't matter if the movie's too sentimental or what not. What made this movie great and a must-see is the feeling it passes on to the people who have seen it. I went with my girlfriends and had a blast, laughing one moment and close to tears the next.
This movie brought out the "love" in all of us, for after the film, there were so many couples, young and old, who were kissing away. Now, that's one powerful movie and really, that's the purpose of watching films. Movies are suppose to inspire, entertain and project a certain message and as for Love Actually, it has done all of the above. Bravo!
Charmaine, Victoria, Canada
As an American twenty-something who was born and
raised in Milwaukee, it was hilarious to see the portrayal of the typical American bar. Milwaukee is the last place anyone would think of to find hot American women. And, because of the movie, I came to the realisation that most of my girlfriends and I find British accents quite sexy.
Emma, Chicago, USA
As a Brit living on the other side of "the pond", I loved it, actually. Just as life contracts into a series of moments, we delve into some of the salient seconds of the characters' lives. Any sweetness is tempered by some bitter vignettes; witness actress Laura Linney's love for her violent, mentally ill brother. Love, actually, and loss, and sacrifice, and unfulfilled longing, and the magic of finding "the one". I just wish that Curtis would write speeches for Tony Blair.
Lisa Davis, USA
My girlfriend dragged me to see this but once I was in the chair I thought let's give it a chance and approach it with an open mind. Within minutes all of my fears were realised. Curtis has a formula to his work and it is dire. Pick a song that will have the desired emotional effect on the audience and then drag out a scene around it. Songbird, then Nora Jones, then more tears.
At one point I expected the words "FEEL SAD" to appear on the screen. It was so unsubtle it was vulgar. The same applies to when he wants the audience to feel happy: play Jump and cue Hugh Grant dancing like a fool. How hilarious!!
The only positive aspects of this film is the acting by a select few. It is a credit to Rowan Atkinson, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson that they can remain credible and enjoyable with such utter garbage...... And I thought Notting Hill was bad. Gees!!
I really liked this film, I liked the comedy side of it and the love side of it too. It was hilarious and at the same time could make you cry (I didn't cry of course)...I would reccomend anyone to go see this film, and I also love how it links in with present day, with the president's visit. These small touches make the film great. GO see it NOW!
Bill Nighy is a god!!
If he is not No1 for Christmas, well you can call me Scrooge as I will be cancelling Christmas! Worth the ticket price alone!
Mrs H, England
Thought this is one of the worst films I have ever seen. Curtis tries to do a Pulp Fiction - linking of several stories and fails miserably. The stories and characters are too numerable to have any depth. The script is abysmal and simply serves to stereotype some of the characters. Nathalie, the working class girl from Wandsworth uttering expletives because they couldn't think of anything better for her to say is one such example.
Mental illness is given a patronising nod and the funeral seen is an insult to anyone recently bereaved, all in all, it is terrible. I want my money back!
This may not be the greatest film ever made but it does put a smile on your face and leaves you with a warm glow. Bill Nighy's old rocker was brilliant, Hugh was good as the top man, all and all this was a really enjoyable film.
Eric Johnson, England
I loved this film, the fact that some of the critics didn't just goes to show what cynics they are. The different strands of the story are brilliantly interwoven, and all the performances are excellent, particularly Bill Nighy and Emma Thomson. The soundtrack is also very enjoyable. This is a film that sends you out of the cinema happy and upbeat - and there aren't many of those these days.
Sophie Ahmed, UK
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I don't care what anybody else who didn't care for it will say - though, I respect your opinions... BUT, this movie was fun, sweet, emotional, well acted... inspiring... just right and SURPRISINGLY WONDERFUL!
So there, go see it if you haven't and I dare you not to come out more open, lighter about life... (and if you don't, well, you need some lovin' bad!)
Jander Lacerda, NY, USA
With its superb cast and pedigree, I really wanted to like this film as much as those written by Curtis in the past. However, both my wife and I left the cinema feeling cheated as there were many interesting characters you never got to know whereas as other story strands were a complete waste of time. The involvement of four couples would have been quite sufficient instead of the chaotic mess to which the audience is subjected.
With an overabundance of past pop hits, this really felt like a "Best of" album with most of the cast giving reheated repeats of performances in better films.
If you think the underused Bill Nighy is good here, check out his first role as a faded rock star in the underrated and little seen STILL CRAZY, which properly uses a ensemble cast.
Still, I think we were in the minority as the audience clapped at the end of the packed performance we attended.
Chris, Tunbridge Wells, UK
Absolutely fantastic - if that's not the best film ever then I don't know what's wrong with people. I hope Bill Nighy gets to number one - it's such a good song...
Lucy, North Yorkshire, England
I was very disappointed in this film. Not enough time was allocated to the development of any one character or any one storyline and as such, I didn't feel there was any sentiment present. This and the fact that the file is evidently over-hyped, ensures that I won't be recommending anyone wastes the price of a cinema ticket. Not as good as that other over-hyped effort, Notting Hill, and shouldn't be dignified with a comparison to the fantastic Four Weddings...
Thought it was very funny, but maybe could of got rid of some of the couples (especially Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley's). But, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely see it again.
Very disappointing!!! I think all but one of the funny scenes are in the TV advert for the film.
It's not a patch on Notting Hill or Bridget Jones.
Go see Kill Bill instead - it's much funnier!
Julie, Newcastle, UK
I enjoyed it a little but was expecting some substance or some sort of plot. It it wasn't for Bill Nighy I would say it was a waste of time. I bit over rated I would say. Loved About a Boy, excellent film I would see again and again. This one ONCE was definitely enough!!!
Maria Crossley, England
The title says it all - if you don't want to see sentimental stories then don't go and see it. The clear star is Martine McCutcheon, and it's very funny at parts. I quite enjoyed it, 'cos sometimes all you want to watch is nothing deep, unlike most films coming out with the lead up to the Oscars!
Best thing about it was for the first time in ages I actually liked the Prime Minister. Take note, Tony.
Rick, Scotland (living in Ireland)
What's wrong with a bit of good old-fashioned schlock every now and then?
Guy Chapman, UK
This film is sweet, funny and sometimes quite sad. You find yourself laughing one minute and then quite tearful the next. This film would not appeal to everybody and I do think to really to enjoy it you have to be in a good relationship yourself.
I think that Love Actually is the best film I have seen in ages. I laughed all the way through and at the end of the day I'd rather laugh than see people beating each other up and killing people. How depressing is that? Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon work well together and the rest of the cast are a credit to the film too.
Gemma Marden, England
I didn't like it. And I normally love soppy and overly sentimental films. I agree with your reviewer completely - you don't get to know the characters and therefore don't care about their situations. And it just isn't very funny. There are a few good moments but I was bored mostly. Martine was fabulous though - they should have just made the Martine/Hugh movie and have been done with it. (With Emma Thompson's plot as a subplot).
I absolutely adored this film, it is remarkably fun and entertaining, which lives up to all the hype. Everyone who leaves the cinema after seeing this film will have a large grin on their face it is such a feel good film. My only criticism is that the stars really don't have too much on-screen time, which perhaps is a good thing because you are left wanting more, and are certainly never bored at any point.
I wish I could say that this was an acurate portrayal of life in London, or a true reflection of the experience of love, but I can't. This is quite clearly a work of non fiction, and those who criticise the film for this really are clutching at straws to find flaws with a truly wonderful cinema experience, a must see for all.
Gordon , UK
Surely this is just the right time for some feelgoodness? I really enjoyed the film! But maybe that's because I'm a newlywed with a penchant for all things love.