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  • Summary: A struggling Brazilian lawyer (Fagundes) is surrounded by failed romance. Mary Ann (Irving) is an American English teacher still recovering from the loss of her husband two years earlier. Alone and unhappy, both have nearly given up hope of finding their lifelong soul-mate. (Sony Pictures)
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  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. 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.
  3. A breezy, elegant charmer of a movie.
  4. 67
    May not carry great emotional or intellectual weight, but, in a slim and fetching way, it's peachy.
  5. Reviewed by: Donna Freydkin
    Sort of like a Jennifer Lopez video: pretty to look at, easy on the ears, but ultimately completely vacuous and lackluster.
  6. 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.
  7. Unromantic, nonsexual and hellaciously dull.

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