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“Dismal Combination Of Weepie And Romantic Comedy.”
Other stuff happens too, all of it strained and dull.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Until it erupts in tears, Love Happens dawdles along uncertainly as though debating exactly how to season its morose story with enough attempted witticisms to keep the audience from dozing off.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
How can we, as a species, tolerate Jennifer Aniston with her blurry expression of emotional bravery?
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The film has an uneven tone, unsure whether to mock [Eckhart's] rudimentary words of wisdom or play up his good intentions.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Not that the grieving process shouldn't be addressed in a movie, but this one feels increasingly cooked up.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Despite its two appealing leads, Love Happens is, as the kids say, not happening.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A harmless time-waster that could have been more.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
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.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Excise the love story, and there's a pretty good movie buried within Love Happens struggling to get out, mostly to little avail.
Brian Lowry - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Love Happens is a comedy in mourning, a romance so sad that even Jennifer Aniston at her most engaging can't save it.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This romantic-comedy is the kind of cloying, saccharine-saturated date movie that only the most deluded of fools in love would enjoy.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Aaron Eckhart is commanding as a deeply flawed man in Brandon Camp's compelling dramedy, 'Love Happens'
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Hang in there Jen. You can do better.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The title is a good indication of this movie's blandness and predictability.
Stephen Farber - Hollywood Reporter
Love supposedly happens in Love Happens. We'll have to take their word for it.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Love never happens in this movie, but at least there's some liking here and there.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
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.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Too bad the filmmakers didn't realize [its] potential, and instead, decided to ignore the special relationship that these two characters could have had by throwing in a lot of irrelevant and cliched material.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
For as much as this movie tries to wrap itself around an emotionally powerful story, I felt there was a great emptiness inside.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Dave White - Movies.com
...the movie finally packs a surprisingly resonant emotional punch...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
While there is no doubting the appeal of Eckhart and Aniston as a screen couple, their scenes together come over as decidedly slight when compared to the weightier issues raised by the movie as a whole.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
This very underwhelming rom-com spends far too much time on the not-so-interesting theories of the hypocritical self-help hero.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Both stars seem bemused in their parts and it is left to Martin Sheen and a pet parrot to emote. The parrot, in fact, is the best thing here.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Not content with being a romcom that's trite and shallow about love, it's gone one step further - it's trite and shallow about death, too.
- Times [UK]
The film is sentimental and deeply embarrassing... There isn't a laugh or an honest emotion in the whole picture.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Love Happens is more about catharsis than chemistry. It's not a terrible film, but like skydiving lessons, you'd better know what you're getting into beforehand.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Gooey, banal and manipulative rom-com-dram.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
Nina Caplan - Time Out
Falls between romance and drama without really satisfying either.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
It's quickly evident that Love Happens hasn't struck the chord it was hoping for.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
It's a movie that suffers because it offers a glimpse at a far more interesting premise, but elects to stick to rom-com tradition. Ultimately, love does happen, and for Aniston fans that'll no doubt suffice.
Rich Phippen - Sky Movies
In Jennifer Aniston's latest feeble romantic drama, almost nothing happens. Certainly not love or, indeed, much in the way of excitement.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A glossy, meandering wallow of a film with personable stars and predictable storylines. Blandly forgettable even with Aniston at her most winsome.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
I will hold up my hands and admit I find Jen pleasant enough to watch, even at the worst of times. But this film IS the worst of times. And even diehard romance fans will find their patience challenged by the end credits.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Everyone is trying to re-invent the rom-com at the moment and the makers of Love Happens are no exceptions. The formula they've come up with is to remove all the comedy, which is a bold choice.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
What a title. Not that this crybaby romantic drama deserves much better.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
As a romance story, Love Happens is nothing special, with the spark between Eckhart and Aniston almost non-existent. But as a drama about grief, it's much more interesting, though the blend of both does not always sit easily.
James Mottram - Film4
Lovers of therapy-speak with its "closures" and "I'm in a good/bad place" will probably warm to this film.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
It's not a comedy. It certainly isn't funny.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Anyone expecting the Jennifer Aniston romcom that the posters and trailer seem to promise is going to be bitterly disappointed.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Good movies happen, too. Just not this time around.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
- AV Club
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Every situation in the movie is obvious; the foreshadowing is so blatantly telegraphed you'd think the film was produced by Western Union.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Love isn't inspired, it's hammered flat like Khrushchev's shoe.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
When I say ---- happens, bet you didn't think of plopping the word 'Love' in there.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Could love happen? Melodrama certainly does.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Gee, they fall in love without falling into bed first. Hooray for them! This is a relatively entertaining trifle, not the best romance, but not the worst, either.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
'Love Happens' actually uses a slow clap in a serious way to bring this movie home.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Aniston is mostly missing in action in this film but maybe she is just hiding because of her embarrassment over the content
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Love Happens isn't about love. It's about grief and works on most levels and isn't a total bomb because of [Aaron] Eckhart.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A wearisome romance between two one-dimensional constructions masquerading as humans.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? When you use that title, you're asking for trouble.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Aaron Eckhart surprised me with the depth of his performance as a self-help guru who needs help himself.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
You will want to have your tissues ready for the powerful emotional punch delivered by this film. Screenwriters Camp and Thompson break the mold with a story told with sincerity and honesty.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
the worst romantic comedy of the year
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Love does indeed happen, though it sure takes its sweet time, in this this meandering drama.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Even Aniston cannot make the antics forced on her by this screenplay look adorable.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Pure Hollywood hokum, with plotting that's practically impossible...graceless product placement, cutesy situations, and neatly tied bows.
Peter Canavese - Palo Alto Weekly
Yeah, love happens. So does something else. Sappy, overemphatic and cloying...[a] mountain of narrative cliches.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
More truthful (equally generic) titles might include: "Death Happens," "Psychobabble Happens" or "Lazy Screenwriters Make Love Happen Even If The Leads Have No Chemistry"
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
Bland, corny, sophomoric, unimaginative and painfully contrived with two leads who have no charisma or chemistry together. [It's] a great cure for insomnia.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The film was a winner right up until the last ten minutes, when it preceded to punch me in the face with every cliche possible.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
It's not a must-see, but with some nice performances and some scenic views of Seattle, if you wait until it comes to cable, it's pleasant enough.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Love Happens is an inorganic soap opera: It leaves you with a sudsy residue.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
I'd never have expected that the movie would be saved, just a little, from being complete bullsh*t by the presence of Aaron Eckhart.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Dramedy about grief and love likely won't interest kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
In defense of Love Happens, we can say only that it's not as hair-raising a combination of romance and grief as last year's Seven Pounds, although it's close.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Nobody seems real enough to care about.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Yes this film will only target to a certain demographic, but for those who love these whimsical love tales you will be A OK with this one!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Dawn Taylor - Movies.com
Hiring irritating actors Judy Greer and Dan Fogler to play buddy roles in Happens is a terrific way to state to the audience that filmmakers have little to no imagination, looking to the routine and the tiresome to squeak by
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Love Happens - if they say so, but we're still looking for proof beyond what's seen on the screen.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
- National Post
Eckhart operates on cruise control, but the performance can't be helped as the screenplay is insincere and the overall tone of the film is inconsistent.
Adam Keleman - Slant Magazine
I think this country really needs movies like this. People are so freaked out about death of natural causes that they protest against health care. Imagine if they ever had to deal with a tragic death.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
An ill-conceived dramady about love and grief.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
While Love Happens is the prototypical big studio weeper, it still has some impact on your funny bone and heart.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Love Happens-but not much else in this heartfelt but dull romantic dirge.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
A surprisingly thoughtful romantic drama saddled with a climactic scene so cloying and artificial that one can hardly believe it's part of the same movie. And yet, what surrounds this five-minute faux pas is really kind of great.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The parrot has the movie's most intelligent dialogue.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Comes so close to defying formula and expectations only to conform to them.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Attractively shot but dramatically inert, this isn't persuasive enough to qualify as a tearjerker, and neither does it work as a substantive comedy.
Brent Simon - Screen International
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.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
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.
Melissa Anderson - L.A. Weekly
...a coma-inducing collection of unimaginative sermons, tasteless symbolism and one of the most crass uses of product placement to come down the pike in some time
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A cliche-ridden, treacly drama that trivializes the bereavement process while it makes romance look easy and like a foregone conclusion.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Oh, Love Happens, does it? Thanks, movie. Thanks for the evocative and powerful title. Way to show some effort.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Although the film begins promisingly, it proves to be little more than a soap opera.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If a camera crew had simply followed Eckhart around Seattle without any directions, they could probably have come up with almost the same film.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
[The director] goes for the melodramatic jugular, knocking over the pitcher of lemonade his characters have so faithfully made from their lemons, and souring the entire film.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday