Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. 70
    The filmmaking is actually quite polished, and Ribisi is fascinating to watch -- his fluttery weirdness has never seemed more grounded and resonant, turning Gray's self-destructive egoism into near tragedy.
  2. 60
    Has its rewards for those up to the challenge of tackling its nonlinear structure and brooding nature.
  3. Working with a self-consciously urgent, neo-noir style, Goldberg seems intent on expressing a meaningful message of some kind. It's too bad, then, that he has chosen such a shallow subject.
  4. Reviewed by: Andreas Neuenkirchen
    50
    When the film goes into its second half, the initial fascination has almost worn off. You still want to see how the puzzle is put together, but you want to see it rather sooner than later.
  5. Directed by the young actor Adam Goldberg, best known for playing the Jewish soldier who falls to a Nazi knife in "Saving Private Ryan," I Love Your Work is an attempt to say something interesting about modern celebrity.
  6. Has little to say to moviegoers. Goldberg's direction is all flash and no substance, and his story and characters offer little reason for viewers to empathize with such self-pitying characters.
  7. Despite this ripe framework and the talent on deck, ILYW is not a satire...Rather, it becomes a cold-serious, dead-air brood about how tough, lonely, and desolate it is being a celebrity.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Wallow in Hollywood hipster self-absorption.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    12
    Cinema vanité.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. GeraldN.
    May 16, 2006
    2
    A very, very self-indulgent film. It can provoke discussion of the "solve this puzzle" variety. Don't watch it unless you have a high A very, very self-indulgent film. It can provoke discussion of the "solve this puzzle" variety. Don't watch it unless you have a high threshold for being annoyed, because much of this movie seems intended to do just that. [***SPOILERS***] The main character, Gray Evans, is a movie wana-be who is probably a video rental clerk in real life. The entire movie is his fantasy-fugue, and every character in it is his creation. One additional scene would clarify this mess: start the movie with Gray (Ribisi) watching a movie alone, and slipping into daydreaming. Full Review »
  2. HansB.
    Apr 28, 2006
    4
    You must be very, very intelligent to see and sit through a lot of uninteresting mambo jumbo of a non-existing little celebritiy world, in You must be very, very intelligent to see and sit through a lot of uninteresting mambo jumbo of a non-existing little celebritiy world, in which selfpity is the main subject. Full Review »
  3. NathanP.
    Nov 4, 2005
    10
    I was lucky enough to see I Love Your Work at the Toronto Film Festival and waited endlessly for the picture to be released in theatres. I I was lucky enough to see I Love Your Work at the Toronto Film Festival and waited endlessly for the picture to be released in theatres. I was thrilled to see that ThinkFilm was finally releasing the film this November. As a student filmmaker, the movie reminded me of why I want to make films. It keeps the audience questioning what is real and what is imagination up until the very end. Also, I felt the acting performances were fantastic, and Rabissi was given his due as a leading actor in a picture. He certainly does not disappoint, and I hope to see him in more leading roles in the future. I am ecstatic that I will be able to see this picture in theatres again unlike so many of the great festival films that are never seen by a large audience. Full Review »