Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. 75
    Brosnan and Moore may not be substitutes for Tracy and Hepburn, but they're more than capable of making you smile for now.
  2. Brosnan and Moore display a knack for fast delivery of smart dialogue both in court and in bed. Their verbal sparring is the main attraction of Laws of Attraction and helped me overlook plot holes of massive proportions.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    75
    A subtly hilarious supporting performance from Frances Fisher, as Moore's mother, and a latter-day Sid and Nancy (Michael Sheen and Parker Posey, seeming deliriously inebriated the entire time) round out the thoroughly diverting cast.
  4. Within the limitations of the script, both stars shine. Moore displays a wonderful flair for self-deprecating farce, and Brosnan is cumulatively endearing as her unflappable nemesis.
  5. 70
    A tame, fitfully amusing and generally inoffensive romantic comedy.
  6. For comedy, director Peter Howitt relies on halfhearted slapstick as the script contains little of the sharp dialogue one might expect from a script written at least in part by Harling ("Steel Magnolias," "Soapdish").
  7. 50
    Then they annoy us by trying to deny the attraction while the plot spins its wheels, pretending to be about something.
  8. It's a middling film that wastes a lot of good opportunities, as well as two fine, charming co-stars.
  9. More chemistry between the leads would have helped. But Laws of Attraction still would have had a tough case making a jury believe these two unlikable characters belong together, except as a way to take them out of circulation.
  10. 50
    What the filmmakers do to the splendid Moore is simply criminal.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    With tangy Fisher equaling the leads in a sometimes scene-stealing role as Moore's mom, the actors emerge unscathed. Brosnan's part, in fact, is among the actor's most convincing non-Bond characters.
  12. 50
    Laws of Attraction is a standard-issue romantic comedy that's missing a key ingredient: the attraction.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    50
    What with two women sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court, you'd think that Hollywood would have graduated past the idea of a female lawyer being a "cute concept," but apparently not. Laws of Attraction is stuck in a time warp that pre-dates Doris Day and Sandra Day O'Conner.
  14. This frantic scrambling to create a credible fantasy is typical of the script by Aline Brosh McKenna and Robert Harling, which whips the "opposites attract" recipe into a souffl? that never rises.
  15. Operates on such outdated, unimaginative conventions of movie chemistry that Moore and Brosnan end up appearing older and stodgier than necessary.
  16. 50
    Our counselors' lawyer-ese is illegally bland, and their committee-penned banter meticulously Botoxed.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    While slight comic concoction is so airy it seems in danger of floating right off the screen, the pleasant retro vibe and a handful of effervescent moments carry this film no self-respecting heterosexual male would dare see except on a date.
  18. You may find it pleasantly diverting, especially if you like the leads, but mostly it made me want to see "Adam's Rib" again.
  19. Reviewed by: Karen Karbo
    42
    The larger question is not whether these two will wind up together, but rather, if the filmmakers wanted to make a teen movie, why didn't they use real teenagers?
  20. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    40
    The most painful part of seeing this movie is not the fact that it fails to deliver but that it actually came close.
  21. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    The film seldom raises itself above the level of pleasant. And pleasant ain't sophisticated, and it certainly ain't sexy.
  22. It’s tough to be Tracy and Hepburn, let alone Doris Day and Rock Hudson, when you're trying to get your mouth around lines that wouldn't pass muster on a UPN sitcom.
  23. 40
    Moore works to feign vitality where none exists, but that just makes it even more embarrassing to watch her writhe around fruitlessly in the most thankless and ill-fitting of roles.
  24. Nothing about Laws of Attraction is remotely original; even its title has the dull ring of the generic, like "Opposites Attract" or "He Said, She Said." See it or don't. You will never notice the difference.
  25. Laws of Attraction, like the somewhat better "Intolerable Cruelty," seems desperately unsure of itself at crucial moments.
  26. 40
    You have to feel sorry for Moore, who is called upon to supply an unappealing mixture of neurosis and starch, and whose instinctive frailty is so endlessly exploited by Howitt's movie that the jokes, such as they are, go into retreat. [3 May 2004, p. 110]
  27. Laughably predictable and lamentably unfunny, Laws of Attraction practically creaks from the effort exerted by its cast, straining to bring snap and panache to a hackneyed exercise. Sno Ball, anyone?
  28. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    30
    Objection! Actors of Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan's caliber should not be subjected to playing bland and distasteful characters in mediocre romantic comedies.
  29. Posey and Sheen appear to have a blast playing oversized characters so obnoxious that it's obvious they belong together.
  30. Unlike Tracy and Hepburn, the loving and loathing here are absent music and wit and tend to imply that what Moore's character really needs is a good frolic.
  31. Reviewed by: Sara Gebhardt
    30
    The plot, the dialogue and the main characters' love connection are basically mind-numbing.
  32. 25
    They are all victims of a script of such colossal banality and gross stupidity that smiles freeze on their faces, leaving them looking trapped and desperate, much like the audience.
  33. Poor writing and directing are the culprits - and whatever possessed the gifted Moore to make her role a nonstop Diane Keaton imitation? There oughta be a law!
  34. 25
    There's not much of a script. The direction is the pits, and stars Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, playing dueling divorce lawyers who fall in love, are lousy, too.
  35. This shabby enterprise gets so many things so wrong that it freezes your face into a cringe.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    7
    Though it's not good enough to make you forget the Tracy-Hepburn comedies, it is good enough to make you remember them. Brosnan is funnier than I ever imagined. Full Review »