A Lot Like Love is a lot like a romantic comedy, except that all that's keeping these two kids apart is the trivially insufferable movie they're in.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet star as a would-be couple in a pleasant romantic comedy without arty aspirations or low-brow yucks.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Love's life is in its leads and some fairly crisp pacing.
Mike Clark - USA Today
A lot like love? Hardly. Would you believe, maybe, a little like mild indifference?
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The producers of this stillborn romantic comedy are betting there are many more college girls than there are testy movie critics, and they're doubtless correct.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The chemistry between diaper salesman Ashton Kutcher and photo hound Amanda Peet is so off that the pairing scans as an alienation effect.
Ben Kenigsberg - Village Voice
Kutcher is a master of the satisfied grin. It's one of his two expressions, the other being the goofy, ear-to-ear smile, which often follows or precedes his satisfied grin.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
It's a lot like a waste of time.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
We're supposed to feel that they're made for each other, in the When Harry Met Sally vein, but we never feel the chemistry.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
It's a lot like a romantic comedy, except that it's not remotely romantic or even mildly funny.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
The movie is 95 minutes long, and neither character says a single memorable thing. You've heard of being too clever by half? Ollie and Emily are not clever enough by three-quarters.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Most offensive are not these ridiculous and contrived rendezvous, but the notion that from them is supposed to come a true friendship, one that may or may not slip into the big l-o-v-e.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
Rare for a rom-com in the age of e-mail, director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) is more interested in physical than verbal repartee.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The bottom line in any teen date movie is: Do they make a cute couple? Actually, cute is what they do best.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A Lot Like Love is about fairly average if absurdly cute people who develop a relationship over a period of seven years. Sound exciting? You're right, it's not.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's a beguiling little romance that moves ahead with a smart, refreshing charm.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
A lot like any number of romantic comedies, but there should always be room for another good one.
Brian Lowry - Variety
In not one but two scenes we are asked to laugh because the actors have inserted objects into their nostrils. Request denied.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Just when you despair that a whole generation could grow up without a decent date movie, without a romantic comedy that works well enough to call its own, Ashton Kutcher goes and surprises you.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A Lot Like Love is a lot like many other movies of the rom-com ilk, in that we are left with absolutely no doubt about the outcome.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Too often, the script collapses into what feels like improvisation, in which the characters find a kind of common ground: Infantilism.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is the kind of movie where the lovers don't have to worry about fate keeping them apart -- all they do is manufacture excuses not to be together, because if they didn't, you wouldn't have a movie.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
A pleasant little romantic comedy that doesn't try too hard and has the virtue of doing a few things differently.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
What Lynch strenuously avoids is any examination of who these two individuals are, how the passage of time affects them and what could possibly draw them back together given that neither one of them is a walk in the park.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A lot like a lot of other romantic comedies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Kutcher is surprisingly well cast as the awkward, somewhat dorky Oliver, and Peet is charming and charismatic without being cloying or artificial.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
This grueling, training-wheel romance comedy covers a six year stretch of time in which Generation Y boy toy Oliver Martin (Ashton Kutcher) slowly realizes that he can't wait for his life plans to gel before committing to his affection for his narcissist
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
David Jenkins - Time Out New York
The typical romantic comedy keeps the leads apart or until just before the closing credits. This film falls flat because they engage in sex during the picture's opening sequence.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
At least it's not aggressively stupid...A Lot Like Love is an agreeably mediocre movie that can be watched, enjoyed and forgotten about in the space of a single day.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- Time Out
- Empire Magazine
[Ashton] Kutcher and [Amanda] Peet are likable stars, but A Lot Like Love doesn't have anything original to say.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
- AV Club
While not as aggressively mindless as many of its ilk, flick suffers from simple fatigue, as in: We're tired of seeing the exact same love story over and over.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
...the script gives the actors virtually nothing to do and nothing to say in this subpar genre entry.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Uma obra aceitavel, simpatica e ate mesmo divertida - e se isto acontece, os meritos cabem ao diretor Nigel Cole e a simpatia de Ashton Kutcher.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
That's weird. I'm sure that When Harry Met Sally had been made already. And didn't it used to be funny?
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Successfully turns the rom-com genre on its head.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
A cut above the usual rubbish, thanks to a smart script, some gorgeous photography and the chemistry between its two leads
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Although not as scathingly funny as the Ryan-Crystal classic, director Nigel Cole offers an engaging romance infused with the warmth and optimism of his previous films Calendar Girls and Saving Grace.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
An above average venture into the tired world of romantic comedy.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
- Sydney Morning Herald
Do you want to be a celebrity, get free clothes, comp'd rooms, and VIP treatment, or, do you want to be an actor? Kutcher chooses.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Gen-Y When Harry Met Sally update just barely works, thanks to Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet's chemistry.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The film never convinces us that these two need to be together.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
- Boston Phoenix
It doesn't hurt that there's plenty of chemistry between Peet and Kutcher...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
James Verniere - Boston Herald
- Baltimore Sun
... the whole production is simply as mediocre and half-baked as Hollywood gets.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
It's strikingly well shot and acted, without resorting to sitcom silliness ... then just when it should end on a sigh, it spirals into the same old stupidity.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A Lot Like Love isn't half bad; it may even be a little better than that....some first-rate comic direction...
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
No sane person dates anyone who identifies with this.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
If this is the state of courtship in the 21st century, then romance is not only dead, it's decomposed.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Having sex before they know each other's names. Spitting water on each other. Showing each other chewed food. Antics you want to see from a young couple in love? Me neither.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
We learned last year that not even Jude Law could keep audiences interested for six movies in a year. Kutcher's limit appears to be one.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
An effort to root for the central pair becomes frustrating, especially when the cliches start to pile up.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
The only reason I was rooting for them to get together was that than they would both be off the market.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A lot like every other Ashton Kutcher movie - BORING!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I wish someone would lock me up so I could enjoy these plodding romantic comedies since clearly my wish of someone making better romantic comedies is going unanswered.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Amanda Peet is a survivor.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
As with any successful romantic comedy, chemistry between its stars is the key, and the Kutcher/Peet combination definitely works in 'A Lot Like Love.'
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
a mild, pleasant variation on the kind of comedy that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan used to make -- waaay back in the '90s...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
They may truly believe they're serving up a delicious confection, but it still tastes a lot like garbage.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
A Lot Like Love would be so much closer to perfect if it sustained its idiosyncratic tone.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
It doesn't sound like much, but the actors and director Nigel Cole really do fill the space that contrivance usually occupies with lots of charming and believable behavior.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
At the very least, it's a pretty painless date flick. At best, you might shed a happy tear.
- E! Online
I'm considering sending an all-is-forgiven e-mail to the director of Just Married. As moronic as it was, at least it had some antic energy.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
As usual with romantic comedies, the premise keeping these two apart grows tired by the second half and absolutely limp by the conclusion.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
When Harry Met Sally... is the cream of the crop; this is 2 percent milk.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A Lot Like Love ... is a cute movie.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
While Kutcher is charming, endearing and, to all appearances, perfect boyfriend material - especially when he's signing with his hearing-impaired brother - Peet is merely passable...
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Would be more aptly named A Lot Like When Harry Met Sally.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A fairly enjoyable movie, but one to be appreciated apart from ways in which it was probably intended.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Oddly interesting, but not enough to pull the film through the last half hour as it looses steam and energy as it dwindles to its inevitable conclusion.
Angel Cohn - Premiere Magazine
An unfortunate casting decision, however, comes close to sabotaging a witty script with fresh insights into the trend of young people postponing marriage while waiting for some grand plan of theirs to materialize.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
I don't know how comfortable I am proclaiming this, but 2005 could be the year known for the rehabilitation of Ashton Kutcher.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Rumor has it that the original title for this romantic comedy was When Harry and Sally Joined the Mile High Club.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Kutcher and Peet's goofy wooing is playful and makes "A Lot Like Love" more enjoyable than not
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Quirky, terminally cute, instantly fogettable fluff.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Your reviewer is of the opinion that Amanda Peet deserves much better parts than she's been getting, but that's not enough to lead him to forgive the film its problems.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A Lot Like Love is built around a string of coincidences, accidents and unlikely situations that send your eyes rolling in their sockets like marbles.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A throwaway date movie, but with enough quirky touches to almost make it worth recommending.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
In what could be called "When Harry Met Sally for Adolescents" there is little romance or comedy in what, the filmmakers claim, is a romantic comedy.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If this was a lot like love, then love really does hurt because it was painful to sit through.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Cole treats his lovers -- and his audience -- like adults, and that makes this modern romantic comedy an affair to remember.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Derivative of at least three better movies with a joke taken from the internet, and still not funny or appealing, despite another good performance by Ashton Kutcher.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Oliver plans to make it big by selling diapers through the Internet, maybe the very same service that provided Colin Patrick Lynch's script.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
[It's] a lot like a romantic comedy. In fact, it's a lot like several better-known and better-made romantic comedies.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's an amiable enough diversion that unfolds like a bland cross between When Harry Met Sally and Serendipity.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
There is a certain audience for whom such cinematic comfort food will be welcome, and the film's stars are likable enough to at least ensure that it's watchable.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A Lot Like Love is, well, a lot like many other movies. It's also a lot like having your eyeballs seared by a propane flame -- in a bad way.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
I don't know about you, but seeing Kutcher grind a mouthful of Cheetos into an orange pulp isn't something I've been longing to have emblazoned on my consciousness.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Nothing Whatsoever Like Love and By the Way, Nothing Whatsoever Like a Good Movie, Either.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Why don't they just settle down with each other and save us all 107 minutes?
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
A delightful surprise: Previews promoted the movie's juvenile laughs, but they omitted the sizzling, heartfelt relationship at the center of the story.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Lot Like Love wants to be like When Harry Met Sally. . . when it grows up.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Ashton still awaits a film that could make use of his talents.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Love isn't insulting, just blindingly tedious, achingly unfunny, and negligently directed.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
If Kutcher ever quits Hollywood, he can get a job at Guantanamo Bay torturing prisoners with his singing.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A Lot Like Love sags and droops into the shape of a movie that's too much like every other conventional romantic comedy that loses its cool.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Tedium and plot-a-bilty await ye...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
With less fluff and more funk than is usual for the genre, Kutcher and Peet make surprisingly appealing foils for each other.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It's a movie by and for folks who've been around the relationship block a time or two.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
An inane flick about two immature lovers.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet keep the movie on the level of puppy love.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
Though hardly memorable, it's a sweet enough effort that gives both Kutcher and leading lady Amanda Peet a rare chance to stretch beyond the facile posing, mugging and comedic zingers with which they've typically been saddled.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
You get the feeling Ashton Kutcher is a busy man trying to cash in on his fame before Demi dumps him and he starts to lose his hair.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Earns points for resisting the usual corny romantic comedy gimmicks (I'm looking at you, The Wedding Date!) for most of its running time.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A gem of a love storyhonest, funny in an unforced way, sometimes painful and, ultimately, winsomely romantic. One of the nicer surprises of 2005, thus far.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Instead of enjoying the ride, you wind up counting how many more dreary sequences you have to get through before the movie finally reaches its foreordained conclusion.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A Lot Like Love is one of those romantic comedies that features characters so annoying that one hopes they break up and save the gene pool irreparable damage.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
A witty, sharply observed romantic comedy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A lot more attention went into the details of this movie than do most assembly-line romantic comedies, and it shows.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The movie's biggest surprise is in how well casting works. As Oliver, Ashton Kutcher is, for a change, adorable rather than annoying and irresistible rather than irritating.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
For the most part, it's a nice, reasonably entertaining little ride along the tortuous path of love.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Deliciously fresh, ingenuous and beguiling...until its out-of-character finale of contrived misunderstandings that stink of a studio-mandated rewrite.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The audience waits an eternity for two beautiful but baffled meant-to-be wanderers to realize they belong together, which we figured out before we stepped foot in the theater.
Sean O'Connell - Flipside Movie Emporium
Never lives up to the pleasures of its first half, but the filmmakers remain as lovestruck by the story as its characters are with each other.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A precocious laugher that manages some fresh tangents before dissolving into conventional pabulum.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Carries a certain charm that should play well to the under thirty-set that it seems to be aiming for with its 90s nostalgia.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Ashton Kutcher's latest is a lot like a great movie, but not.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com