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  • Summary: It takes some people years to fall in love at first sight. A Lot Like Love is a romantic comedy about destiny, connection and the frequently fuzzy line between chance and friendships and happily ever after. (Touchstone Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. An entertainment success, a triple threat of fresh writing, inspired directing, and, yes, good acting.
  2. While it's certainly too derivative to be a great movie, it's too goodhearted and modest in its aspirations to be denied.
  3. 75
    Survives its surface annoyances because Lynch's script also has ambition, heart and something to say other than love conquers all.
  4. 50
    The big screen doesn't seem to like Kutcher much, or even to GET him, whatever there is to get.
  5. 50
    As the film stopped counting back in years and switched to months, I panicked that it would slog on to weeks, hours and seconds before reaching its inevitable end. I was wrong. About A Lot Like Love leaving you wanting a lot less, I am right.
  6. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    40
    Peet works hard with the slight material and there are some cutely kooky moments.
  7. 25
    To call A Lot like Love dead in the water is an insult to water.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. VijayS.
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    It's a nice love story.
  2. CorinnaW.
    Jan 3, 2007
    7
    I actually thought it was really good-but not great. Predictable though it was, it still managed to be charming and Peet and Kutcher had I actually thought it was really good-but not great. Predictable though it was, it still managed to be charming and Peet and Kutcher had chemistry. However, at the beginning Peet has so much life and sparkle to her which she seems to have lost the next time they meet, along with her astonishing beauty. Expand
  3. PatC.
    May 1, 2006
    7
    Romantic comedy with mostly well-written dialogue interspersed with a few lines that makes one cringe. Amanda Peet is deliciously authentic Romantic comedy with mostly well-written dialogue interspersed with a few lines that makes one cringe. Amanda Peet is deliciously authentic as the both bubbly and headstrong deubtante-in-denial. Good underlying theme: Long-term relationships are not for the faint-hearted. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2012
    7
    A Lot Like Love could have been a generic Rom-Com but it has two things going for it and those two things are its talented leads AshtonA Lot Like Love could have been a generic Rom-Com but it has two things going for it and those two things are its talented leads Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. The story isnâ Expand
  5. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    3
    Being one of those people who can sit back and enjoy a predictable, popcorn type movie without much worrying about plot and just enjoying it Being one of those people who can sit back and enjoy a predictable, popcorn type movie without much worrying about plot and just enjoying it for what it is, I hated this one. Something about this movie just rubbed me the wrong way- with sandpaper. It's not a terrible concept (althought it does test your patience) and the writing is passable. It could've been wittier, it could've used a few more 'smart' laughs. Actually, I think the thing that put me off this one is the casting (and even the writing) of the two main characters. Ashton Kutcher I can handle- Just Married was nice, I actually like him paired with Brittany Murphy. He seems to be slowly heading for the dreaded funk that so many romantic/comedy lead men have fallen into- he's playing the same character in every movie. Steve Martin did this for years, but he had the advantage of some of the best scripts and characters ever created in the genre. Somehow, Ashton's Kelso character in That 70's Show had more definition than this role. But Amanda Peet grinds on my nerves like no one else can. There's an inherent smarm factor in her that makes her unstomachable to me, and it overpowers the movie itself. Movies that she has been in that I've liked, I've liked in spite of her because the quality of the rest of the cast and the script have pulled it up. (Something's gotta Give, Igby Goes Down) This movie had none of that charm, but could've worked with two leads who actually had some chemistry and a few re-writes by someone like Kevin Smith. Expand
  6. GinoM.
    Apr 7, 2007
    3
    These post-1998 witty romantic comedies seem to follow a familiar ploy in hopes to stand out in a sea of sameness. That ploy is a simple These post-1998 witty romantic comedies seem to follow a familiar ploy in hopes to stand out in a sea of sameness. That ploy is a simple attempt identifying with young people that think this sort of deliberately obtuse wit exists in real life and is plausible to apply their own lives. The reality is that such phantasmagorical wit-ridden romance doesn't define a damn thing about young people in society however much those who identify with this prototypical movie would like to think so. I call this The Garden State Complex, and in addition to sounding like a nice Emo band, this complex seems to be quite widspread. Expand
  7. R.G.
    Jan 18, 2007
    2
    We all know where this movie will go from start to beginning and there are some cool ideas in the movie that are not executed well. If you We all know where this movie will go from start to beginning and there are some cool ideas in the movie that are not executed well. If you want to see how a photographer's work is captured in a love story and moments of realizations (watch Shopgirl). It's your typical movie using montages with your popular ballads of the year. Ashton Kutcher can't translate into a descent actor and Pete carries the movie but isn't always convincing. There is no heart or charm in the movie, just cheap scenes with crap music. Expand

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