Love Happens 2009

Critics score:
16 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Love happens. Doesn't it, though? So do other, less pleasant fragrances. This much is clear in the well-acted fraud co-written and directed, woozily, by first-time feature filmmaker Brandon Camp. Read more

Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies: There are no sparks, not the slightest sign of chemistry, between Eckhart and Aniston. They might be Hansel and Gretel wandering endlessly through tame thickets of feeling. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: 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. Read more

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Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: Because there's no mystery, no chemistry and paper-thin characters, the movie coasts by on the charms of its two stars. And while Eckhart and Aniston are mighty appealing, they need to be given something more with which to work. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Not that the grieving process shouldn't be addressed in a movie, but this one feels increasingly cooked up. Read more

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: That this superficial romance between a successful self-help author and a nurturing florist is also a film about overcoming the tragedy of losing a loved one only makes its cliched insipidity that much more irksome. Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News: The film is part romance, part drama, part Seattle travelogue, with Washington emerging as the only true winner. Along with the benefactors of the movie's copious product placements, that is. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Other stuff happens too, all of it strained and dull. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Love supposedly happens in Love Happens. We'll have to take their word for it. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: Love isn't inspired, it's hammered flat like Khrushchev's shoe. Read more

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. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: Charm can only carry a movie so far, of course. Love Happens is not destined to stick with us or become a romcom classic. It just... happened. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Love happens in Love Happens, along with hearts, flowers, wine, roses, sweetness, light and every other cliche the filmmakers can squeeze into a two-hour film. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Some may wonder why Jennifer Aniston keeps taking projects about single women unlucky in love. But the bigger question in Love Happens is why, with her pick of scripts, she chose one so utterly uninspired. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Love Happens is a weepie about the grieving process, mainly my own. Two hours of my life have been brutally stolen from me, and I need closure. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Love Happens is a comedy in mourning, a romance so sad that even Jennifer Aniston at her most engaging can't save it. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: Despite its two appealing leads, Love Happens is, as the kids say, not happening. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, A limp romantic drama that occasionally lifts its drowsy head to attempt a wan smile, a picture that starts out being harmlessly dull and ends, somehow, in a place that feels insultingly manipulative. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: A harmless time-waster that could have been more. Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Although the film begins promisingly, it proves to be little more than a soap opera. Read more

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail: Hang in there Jen. You can do better. Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star: This romantic-comedy is the kind of cloying, saccharine-saturated date movie that only the most deluded of fools in love would enjoy. Read more

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: Love never happens in this movie, but at least there's some liking here and there. Read more

Nina Caplan, Time Out: The sorrowing widower is a great subject for film romance; but the point is to let the girl have a proper crack at cheering him up. And, as always with love, a GSOH would help. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The film has an uneven tone, unsure whether to mock [Eckhart's] rudimentary words of wisdom or play up his good intentions. Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: Excise the love story, and there's a pretty good movie buried within Love Happens struggling to get out, mostly to little avail. Read more