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  • Summary: Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone or anything tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie's and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. (Fox Movies) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 13, 2010
    88
    The result, bolstered by strong acting and an intriguing back story, is an unqualified success. Love and Other Drugs may be the most honest romance to grace the screens during all of 2010.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 13, 2010
    70
    In the end, this is a smart movie that could have been smarter. The script feels like it was a draft or so away from total clarity and focus. But the energy of the cast and a dive into an unfamiliar world make the movie rather addictive.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 13, 2010
    67
    They could have made a harder-hitting, more realistic film, but then no one would have gone to see it.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    Zwick can't seem to decide what the movie is - a refreshingly frank comedy about sex and commitment, or a more-serious look at illness and its effect on relationships.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    The film definitely gets it up, but has some commitment issues.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal are hotties with talent. And they maneuver through the daunting maze of shifting tones and intersecting plots of Love and Other Drugs like the pros they are.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 13, 2010
    20
    Buried somewhere in Zwick's film might be a topical modern romance, maybe even a health care satire, but you'd need to dig past layers of creative desperation to find it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    10
    Love and Other Drugs is simply great. It is not definitely movie of the year, but it is also not the worst movie. I really like Jake and Anne, and they did a great job with this movie, but it has too mush sex scenes, it would be much better that not have it at every 10 minutes. Still, some of you say that this movie is bad, some that is great, for me it is not bad at all, but it could be much better. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    I saw this movie and I cannot believe such great talent was wasted on this pornographic movie. We got the message at the first nudity and sexual encounter, but it went on and on and on at every 10 to 15 minutes. If I had wanted to see porn I would have gone to an X rated movie. I thought that with these two great actors that they would have used a little bit of discretion before agreeing to produce such trash. It could have been a beautiful love story, but lost me with all the foul language and nudity. Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2011
    9
    i think this is the best chick flick i have seen in a long while.. it hit home for me, but thats not why i am saying it was a great movie. call your girlfriend over snugglle up on the couch and sit back and enjoy. Expand
  4. Dec 10, 2010
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Remember the commercials for Reeces Peanut Butter Cups(circa late-seventies) that ran on those long ago Saturday mornings in between the bad Hanna-Barbara cartoons, the ones which accentuated the recombination of peanut butter and chocolate like it was an alchemy for the ages? The two advocates for their respective goodies would bump into each other, then with mock outrage, offer up this exchange: "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter," and so on. "Love and Other Drugs", adapted from the Jamie Reidy memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman" is kind of like a Reeces Peanut Butter Cup; it's a mishmash of seemingly disparate ingredients, in which raunchy drollery collides with earnest histrionics, all under a timeshare tent pole that also houses social satire and romantic comedy to boot. At one end of the filmic spectrum, you have a scene where Jamie(Jake Gylenhaal), a pharmaceutical salesman with a "swinging d*ck", catching his younger brother Josh(Josh Gad) in the middle of some sexy "me time" with a a naughty video that the Phizer rep had made with his Parkinson's-riddled girlfriend Maggie(Anne Hathaway). And on the other end, you have the sequence in which the Stage One beauty discovers other Parkinson's survivors at a smaller convention, an encounter group, really, across the street from the official event she was attending with Jamie. The heartfelt testimonies, both funny and poignant, delivered by those afflicted with the degenerative disorder(that wrecks havoc on the central nervous system), deserve to be in a that deals with the illness on a full-time basis. Jamie, an agent for both the "peanut butter" and the "chocolate", is employed by the filmmaker extemporaneously to point out this imperfect fit, when the salesman(lacking the proper gravitas, as does this atonal film) chooses not to take a seat alongside Maggie, while the weightiness of the mass catharsis plays out. How can we take Jamie seriously after watching him with Josh? Back in the convention hall, Jamie bides his time at the refreshment table, the husband of a Stage Four patient confronts the partner in crime(peanut butter role)/sick girl's rock(chocolate role) with the lowdown on what to expect in the not-too-distant future. The husband likens the effects of the disease to a Russian novel. It's this forewarning, so full of tortured, unflinchingly honest words about the limits to love, which renders the climax, typical of all romantic comedies, where the man declares his love in some overdramatic and self-deprecating fashion, usually in public(thankfully, Maggie drives, not flies to Canada: no airports), as being even more factitious than normal. Inspired by Maggie's videotaped drivel, Jamie knows! JUST KNOWS!!! Maggie is the one, prompting Jamie to burn rubber on the freeway so he can flag down the bus. Showing more restraint than most, Jamie coaxes Maggie off the bus, out of earshot from the other passengers, before he tears into his overblown speech, the kind that typifies the rom-com genre, which is supposed to leave not a dry eye in the house. Sometimes it works(Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"), sometimes it doesn't(every movie since), as in the case here. While Jamie summarizes the notion that they should live for today in a language that Tarzan would understand("You. Us. This."), the laundry list of Parkinson's-related complications conveyed by the exhausted husband at the drug summit, systematically kills the fantasy of unconditional love that these rom-coms peddle on the moviegoers. As a result of the film's unexpected detour into docu-drama(the "Un-Convention" sequence recalls Todd Haynes' "Safe"), the happy-ever-after fallacy seems all the more naive. Worst of all, Jamie quits Phizer and applies to med school, which implies that Jamie will concoct the pill that will cure the disease. "Love and Other Drugs" shamelessly co-opts the disease as a vehicle to redeem an incorrigible p*ssy hound. Anne Hathaway almost makes this film work in spite of itself. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2011
    5
    Love and Other Drugs is both refreshingly sexual and a big statement to victim of Parkinson's disease. However, the film's lack of identity -- unfunny gags and rom-com cliches -- remind us how remarkable it could've been. Expand
  6. Dec 23, 2011
    4
    It has lots of things that could have been great. With an interesting story and remarkable Viagra-Parkinson's backdrop, "Love and Other Drugs" could have been a great film. However, the romantic comedy aspect of it came in the way. I just cannot emphasise how much the predictable "romantic comedy" aspect of the film, ends up ultimately hurting the film. With a cliched story, predictable dialogues, and horrible horrible soundtrack (every time Gyllenhaal and Hathaway have a "romantic" moment, the same annoying song starts - oh.my.god. someone kill the composer/director). It is, as many have pointed out, refreshingly sexual and liberated in many ways, which is positive for Hollywood films, and its Parkinson's aspect is done tastefully. That much I can give it. However, overall, the film does not quite live up to its potential, being ultimately sunk by the heavy baggage that a romantic comedy has to carry with it. 4/10 Expand
  7. Sep 17, 2011
    0
    A complete and total WASTE of my time. Unfortunately it was the movie my girlfriends picked for girl movie night, if I was in a theater seeing it, I would have left within the first half hour. The whole thing was porn. Expand

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