“Down With Love Perfectly Symbolizes Valentines Day, Dumb, Annoying And Sickly Sweet, Without So Much As A Hint That Emotion Has More To Do With Love Than A Box Of Chocolates.”
“Roughly One Minute Into Down With Love, It Becomes Immediately Clear That This Film Is Going To Attempt What Far From Heaven Did: Try To Be A Lost Film From A Bygone Time, In This Case 1962.”
A succulent piece of postmodern fluff.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Intelligent and amusing, even if it never achieves the full-tilt zany desperation of Delbert Mann's Lover Come Back.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
- Guardian [UK]
It's a cute premise, and several co-stars help keep the fun going for a while.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's like a Saturday Night Live sketch on a $60 million budget.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Makes the fatal mistake of so much middlebrow satire: It becomes that which it mocks.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
I'm unembarrassed to say I enjoyed myself a lot, even if this giddily retro Renee Zellweger-Ewan McGregor vehicle shifts tone the way a bicycle skips gears.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
[Zellweger's] trademark squint and complete-me bewilderment dissolve her considerable stylized armor and scan as sad, table-scrap hunger.
Laura Sinagra - Village Voice
In the spirit of the film's buoyant campiness, may I say, up with Down With Love?
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This might have worked if love triumphed, but mush gets lost in the crush of labored mocking and gleeful artifice.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Down With Love's affection is tainted with condescension, and the movie becomes a charade of winks and nudges.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
While you were hypnotized by the bossa nova and Renee Zellweger's form-fitting pink Givenchy and the rat-a-tat dialogue of the gender wars, the writers and the director tricked you into caring about the plot.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
No better or worse than the movies that inspired it, but that is a compliment, I think.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An irritation, more fizzle than sizzle.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
It's pure pleasure to watch Zellweger and McGregor bound across a set with the swinger confidence of Frank Sinatra taking the stage of the Sands Hotel.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Hammy, campy and gloriously cheesy.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The complete lack of authentic feeling in this film as well as its obsession with period without finding any meaning in that period doom it.
Tom Long - Detroit News
By the end, you'll probably be whistling a happy tune.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
I think it compares favorably with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back in its well-timed gags and verbal dexterity.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
It's too dull and hackneyed for the satirical spoof it intends to be, and the actors and director miss the charm and humor of the old Doris Day movies by a margin so wide it doesn't add up to a respectful homage, either.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Good for a laugh and even better for mining fashion tips.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
If you love those old movies, you'll probably adore this new one.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
McGregor is divine as Catcher Block and Zellweger plays her part to pouty perfection.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
The inventiveness doesn't work. It's dragged down by Zellweger and McGregor's self-consciousness, as they mug and overact their way through a film whose style relies on lightness of touch.
Ray Conlogue - Globe and Mail
This pitch-perfect imitation of a Rock Hudson-Doris Day nonsex comedy features Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and a passel of visual delights. But why should we care?
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
After 10 minutes of getting poked in the ribs with every shot, I thought, 'Is it going to be like this for 90 minutes?'
David Edelstein - Slate
Those familiar with the era to which Reed aspires will sit through Down with Love enveloped by a feeling of fondness and affection.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Unlike Day and Hudson, who inhabited their characters with an effortless charm, Zellweger and McGregor appear to be straining for effect, conveying little of the natural sexiness of their predecessors.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
We want to love it, but like a Rock Hudson rake, we keep finding fault in its allure. We want to hate it, but like Doris Day, we finally can't say no.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
What starts as freshly spun cotton candy ends as something pink, sticky and indigestible.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Director Peyton Reed gets the film's look and, in moments, its disingenuous innocence, but you have to wonder what he and the screenwriters, Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake, thought they were parodying.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Hilarious spoof on '60s comedies for mature 14+.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Director Peyton Reed keeps this fizzy comedy in an alluringly goofy tizzy from start to finish. This is undoubtedly the skillful battle-of-the-sexes laugher Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have made were they able to naughtily quip about bitches and hose.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
While the movie definitely has tongue lodged firmly in its postmodern cheek, every detail looks and feels authentic.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Zellweger and McGregor have only their dimpled cuteness to get them through this movie, which you sense, at least from their mugging, that they believe is enough. It isn't.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
- Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
... as light, cheap, and ultimately as insubstantial as cotton candy. And yet, it inadvertently strikes some resonant chords.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
As it is, 'Down With Love' seems forced, with the principals looking like youngsters dressing up and over-acting to impersonate grown-ups.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Bright and very funny... manages to recreate a filmmaking style that was practically a parody of itself in the first place.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
All artifice, so little art. Does this film have anything new to offer? If not, why bother?
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Como esforco saudosista em recriar as ingenuas comedias romanticas dos anos 60, o filme e bem-sucedido - mas nao se destaca muito em seus outros aspectos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
[I]f someone tries to sell you a bootleg copy of Down With Love, there's no need to call the police. You may, however, wish to notify the bomb squad.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
- Empire Magazine
En algun momento, los guionistas Eve Ahlert y Dennis Drake se olvidan que mas que un ejercicio de estilo Abajo el amor es una comedia que deberia divertir. Y mas aun, es una historia que deberia entretener.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
- This is London
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It works so hard at being so silly that silly seems smart, making Down With Love simply lovely.
Janet Branagan - Apollo Guide
My only complaint? 'Down with Love' should have been a musical.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Nev Pierce - BBC
The ensemble's comedic timing is impeccable.
Wenkai Tay - culturevulture.net
If you're looking for some 21st century screwball comedy drenched in campy attitude and gaudy duds, you're pretty much primed for the inane but spirited excesses of Down With Love.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Like the old films it mimics, Down With Love plays with sexual double entendres but never, ever shows any hints of actual sex.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
- Sydney Morning Herald
Beneath the wingtips, pointy shoes and '50s sexual politics...Down with Love is light, airy and fun - almost to the level of cheap laughs. It's all surface spit and polish.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
Down with Love is animated and diverting...[but] nonetheless, there's the sense that no one quite believes in what they're doing.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
McGregor and Zellweger obviously relish playing these roles, and their gusto is infectious.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's no small task to make a picture this ambitious and detailed feel like anything but hard work. Director Peyton Reed delivers again...
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Catharine Tunnacliffe - eye WEEKLY
'Divertida, encantadora, nostalgica y deslumbrante. Una verdadera delicia que no se pueden perder.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
- Boston Phoenix
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
What would Rock Hudson think of the nickname, "Ladies's Man, Man's Man, Man About Town"?
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
A not-so-innocent romp that is part Mills & Boon and part Hustler.
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
It's trendy to complain that movies aren't as good as they were in the past, but there's usually a reason why conventions evolve.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Stay through the credits for the song and dance number by McGregor and Zellweger. It is the best thing in ["Down with Love"]...
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
- Film Threat
Down With Love's recreation of an older movie genre is little more than a stunt. However, it's a stunt filled with fun and a seemingly endless supply of wit.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
like a strawberry shortcake made with frozen fruit and artificial sweetener - it doesn't look quite right and has a plastic aftertaste, but it's better than no dessert at all.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Visually, it's a sweet treat. But retro eye-candy alone just doesn't leave you feeling satisfied.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The same kind of artless, airless studio product as the Hudson/Day films and will no doubt age just as badly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
begins to sizzle at about the halfway point
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Oh, for the days when the cads wore tuxes, had delicious accents, and were as all-around scrumptious as Ewan McGregor.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
And this one should be the sleeper hit of the year, the "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" of this summer, the "Sleepless in Seattle" romantic comedy with an edge
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
A buoyant, witty, and thoroughly charming film that brings you back to a 1963 that we can only wish existed
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Screwball romantic comedy lovingly made in the style of Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies of the 1950s and 1960s.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
- Orlando Weekly
Those of us who have made motion pictures a passion will find extra joy in all the little cinematic in-jokes.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Director Peyton Reed delights in the candy-colored possibilities of the soundstage sets and outlandish fashions.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
What's refreshing is that Down with Love neatly sidesteps the superior 'modern' tone that creeps into other notable recent films that depict that era -- think Auto-Focus and Catch Me If You Can.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Both Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger do better than expected - but nothing will ever make us forget Doris Day.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
I'm not sure I can retrieve the words required to describe how colossally awful this movie is.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Amazingly simple and breezy stuff but how completely and unexpectedly refreshing it is.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Good cast chemistry and a wonderfully colorful 60's styled backdrop makes this retroactive romantic comedy the best madcap sex romp around so far in this hyper-techno movie year.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
I love this film.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Whaddaya know -- here's a Doris Day movie starring Renee Zellweger.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...bubbly and cute, but instantly forgettable.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A finger-snapping, knowingly artificial romantic comedy romp with a wink in its eye and a spring in its step... easily the most unabashedly mirthful film in ages.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
"There won't be a dry panty in the house!"
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
One of 2003's most refreshing surprises.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Effectively satirizes and pays homage to the ditzy romantic comedies of the fifties and early sixties.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Down with Love is a lightweight trifle to be sure; but it's a lightweight trifle that kept me laughing and smiling for 100 minutes.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Down with Love doesn't even possess the dippy level of misunderstood sexual mischievousness so pronounced in a predictably heavy-handed '70s double-entendre Three's Company rerun.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Down with Love is a fluff film that sparkles despite its main leads having no chemistry.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
It is not as funny as a satire of this nature ought to be, but satire is tricky, comedy is hard, and Down with Love occasionally gets them both sort of right.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An irresistible throwback to the glamour, wit and style that used to characterise Hollywood.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Once the film gets rolling, it's irresistible.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
As the ultimate New Frontier swinger, McGregor is the smoothest, coolest cat to hit the screen since the Pink Panther.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Reed never quite decides whether to play the genre straight or spoof it. He winds up doing some of both, maybe not enough of either.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
It underlines everything with a smirk and a wink and a too-hip- for-school swagger, its affection for its genre no more honest than the adoration some people profess for tiki lights or Bobby Darin.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
If you want to see retro done right, rent Far From Heaven.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A light-as-helium storyline and oodles of cutesy dialogue.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Faux-'60s sex comedy is bright, charming and smart in a million different ways -- especially casting Ewan and Renee as Rock and Doris.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Both leads bounce and bubble. But they seem too often to be playing at being 1960s archetypes instead of rendering characters.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Even if you didn't know what happens in Pillow Talk, you'd be hard-pressed not to know what happens next. Even so, Down With Love lurches from couple-making moment to moment, the innuendo now splashed all over the surface.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Luscious, inventive, and always dreamy.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A silly, fun piece of cinema.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Its jokes are funny and its affections are heartfelt.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The only modern romantic comedy to merit the term 'exciting.'
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Sweet, smart, stylish and, most of all, sexy.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The nostalgic stuff is funny, but the movie turns into one note at parodying the stuff.
Shirley Klass - Fantastica Daily
Go for the clothes, and stay for the cotton-candy silliness.
- E! Online
One of the most vivid, funny and slyly penetrative romantic comedies in years so get down with it before it goes down, sucks out the balls of creative Hollywood executives everywhere and leaves nothing more than a spurt on the cinematic radar.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Down With Love doesn't have a serious bone in its artificial body--it doesn't penetrate [wink, wink] any myths as much as it wallows in them.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Not quite as fluffily enjoyable as some of its predecessors, but a fairly entertaining and terrific effort of paying homage nonetheless.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Features more innuendo and corny dialogue than any film since the '60s. That's the point, but that doesn't make it entertaining.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
If you want to experience nostalgia, rent Pillow Talk--it does a much better job.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
The flick's jaunty outlook, splashy set design, period-perfect costumes and cutting wordplay carry the day.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Reminded me of a handsome, expensively dressed person with bad manners and no real sense of style.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
It's cute fluff and there is enough there to make up for the weight that keeps it from flying.
David Poland - Hot Button
Like a champagne bottle left uncorked, it's not as fizzy as it should be.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
What should have been funny comes off as being silly.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It really is pretty funny, and I'll admit I was transfixed by Ewan McGregor's collection of Rat Pack sport coats.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The best and only really funny character is David Hyde Pierce, . . no one does hopeless longing better, tranforming himself into a veritable limp dishrag of desire.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A bright, fizzy candy shell, the cinematic equivalent of Pop Rocks. And who wants to snack on that for two hours?
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Expertly mimics a disreputable midcentury movie subgenre, then imbues it with the kind of upfront sexual knowingness that could never speak its name back in the just-starting-to-swing 1960s.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
We have a really screwed up script that even the best of directors and casts can't save.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
What's so tiring about Down With Love, beyond the excess of giddy contrivance, is that it feels pointless.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
There were some laughs along the way, but not enough to wholeheartedly recommend Down With Love.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
[Revels] in its own convoluted plot, manically wielding sexual politics like a foam bat, up-playing its retro art direction, and shamelessly getting high off of its own silly, witty dialogue. It's great.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
- Baltimore Sun
The dialogue isn't as witty as it is fast, but the speed with which the stars exchange lines covers up the enormous loopholes in the plot.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The film is juvenile when it should be adult, coarse when it ought to be bubbly, and upfront when witty circumspection is indicated.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Beneath its color-drenched images and vintage wide-screen cinematography lurks a flatly written script directed with a lack of gracefulness and imagination.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Feels less antic than frantic, semi-glossing over a 40-year-old cultural dust-bunny to create soggy, ersatz fluff.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
It's so faithful that it's mummified and, because the movie has nothing to add to what '60s films already gave us, we begin to wonder what the point is.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A dazzling tribute to the squeaky-clean romance films of the 1960s, complete with double entendres, split-screen phone conversations, and constant flamboyant costume changes.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The supporting players, sets, and costumes are so vivid that they make the main characters seem a little bland.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Reed never quite decides if his film is an homage to the pre-ratings code ingenuity and fabulous '50s design of those films or a parody of their dated silliness.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
These folks clearly had a lot of fun making this movie. Almost as much fun as you'll have watching it.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Zellweger and McGregor obviously had a blast making this movie -- and you'll have just as much fun watching it.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
A fluffy 'make believe' romantic comedy.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A good-natured but fairly clumsy and increasingly tedious lampoon.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Its thudding sex jokes make Benny Hill look like The Importance of Being Earnest.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
I'm not totally down with Down With Love, but it's easy entertainment and an alternative for the non-Matrix crowd.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Zellweger and McGregor both know where their characters come from and play along admirably.
Kevin Smokler - Filmcritic.com
Explicitly invites us to mock its artificiality and giggly cluelessness, but beyond its attractive shell the film rings hollow.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Not bad, but could have been something smashing.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
There's more wit in the decor than in all of `How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.'
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The blushing-red double entendres are more colorful than the sets and costumes.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
This goof of a movie is more winning than you'd imagine.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Airbrushed to innocent perfection, this kitschy tale speaks volumes of a bygone era when role-reversal was a fresh and illuminating concept.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake's coy, flabby script is woefully lacking in the one indispensable ingredient of urbane comedy -- great banter.
David Chute - L.A. Weekly
If you're a heterosexual male and your significant other wants to drag you to this one...run.
John Venable - Supercala.com
actually gets stronger and funnier as it goes on. ...everything here is highly stylized. ...well-stocked with double-entendres and innuendo, just as it should be.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
(Director Peyton) Reed packs Love with ribald innuendo and zealously embellishes every aspect of '60s cinematic ambiance.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
David Hyde Pierce playing a guy who isn't sure if he's straight? Groundbreaking cinema, that.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
It's at once shrill in its brightness and stultifying in its hermetically sealed, self-conscious campiness.
David Noh - Film Journal International
An orphan of both mod and the post-mod with nothing at all to say for itself.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Enjoyable enough as a lark and lovely to look at, but totally synthetic and artificial.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A scrumptious piece of cinematic fluff.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Sinks to unspeakably vulgar depths with nary a clue to how far it's falling.
Sean O'Connell - Flipside Movie Emporium
Despite the movie's CinemaScope playfulness and cranked-up pace, most of the jokes fall utterly flat.
Howard Karren - Premiere Magazine
It is cute, and good fun most of the way.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It is more than apparent that sex is the topic and they almost slap you in the face with it.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
The movie turns mod in its last act, and it does so in a way that doesn't feel smug.
Ben Kenigsberg - East Hampton Independent
To its credit, the script doesn't call for them (Zellweger and McGregor) to sing and dance this time
John A. Nesbit - ToxicUniverse.com
Appallingly terrible from start to finish.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian