Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. The story is slender, but the Brazilian settings are exquisite and lilting tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim cast a spell over the entire enterprise.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    One of the most warmly beguiling romantic comedies the Southern Hemisphere has sent our way in ages.
  3. 50
    The city looks breathtakingly lovely, the movie's Brazilian characters are charming and filled with joie de vivre, and using excerpts would take care of the fact that the pacing's a bit sluggish for such fluffy material.
  4. The air smells sweet and there's a thrumming beat in Bossa Nova.
  5. A cheerful and stylish romantic comedy that's easy on the eyes and ears, and makes few demands on the intellect.
  6. 80
    Despite the frivolous feel, it's clear the director intends for Bossa Nova to be a love letter to his two passions: Brazil and his leading lady (who's also his real-life wife). Neither lets him down.
  7. 70
    The coincidences that bring some characters together and keep others apart in this romantic comedy are plotted with musical grace.
  8. Reviewed by: Donna Freydkin
    60
    Sort of like a Jennifer Lopez video: pretty to look at, easy on the ears, but ultimately completely vacuous and lackluster.
  9. Tilts toward the slight and merely pleasant when it could have had much more emotional impact.
  10. 40
    This suffocatingly pleasant cross between "Sliding Doors" and "Six Degrees of Separation" is barely rescued by one beautiful scene.
  11. Sits before us like an exquisite platter of wax fruit, colorful, flavorless, and, if you eat it, very likely to come back up.
  12. Unromantic, nonsexual and hellaciously dull.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    45
    Bossa Nova has no beat.
  14. Not only is Bossa Nova a lovely romance, but one can say, as one can about few films, that it is restorative as a vacation.
  15. A breezy, elegant charmer of a movie.
  16. 75
    Isn't great. But I had fun watching.
  17. Reviewed by: Marta Barber
    63
    Romantic comedy that softens your date into giving you that first kiss. It's not much more than that -- it's flawed and somewhat unfocused.
  18. Does have a certain classy charm because of its upscale setting. One could wait for the video.
  19. Like sitting on the beach under a cozy, warm afternoon sun. The view is beautiful, but not much is happening and soon you drift peacefully to sleep.
  20. 40
    It's a feast of inconsequentiality, though, a love affair-lite that looks great but is ultimately less filling than a sunny summer Sunday's creampuff dream.
  21. 67
    May not carry great emotional or intellectual weight, but, in a slim and fetching way, it's peachy.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    80
    Imagine a '30s screwball comedy played to a sensuous Brazilian beat and you're ready for Bossa Nova, a delightfully amusing romantic roundelay.
  23. 70
    There must be a name for a picture so inconsequential, in which the music provides so much of the chemistry that you get the feeling Bossa Nova would be funereal without it.

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