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  1. 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, predictableIt 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
  2. Jan 7, 2012
    6
    A bit torn to decide what I think of this one: On one hand, a sensitive subject handled tactfully with a handful of funny moments. On the other hand, and I do not believe I am saying that, a lot of unnecessary nudity sometimes felt more like a mashup of three or four different movies.
  3. Dec 26, 2010
    5
    Despite charming performances from its leads, it ultimately can't overcome wild shifts in tone and quite possibly some of the worst and most laughably bad musical cues in any film of the last decade.
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    6
    A decent movie with a cast that delivered superb performances. A little eerie as LaOD starts off all steamy, but ends with a disturbing unsatisfying twist.
  5. May 29, 2011
    6
    The movie has its charm there, even though the story is well water with sugar. When the story begins, we do not know exactly what direction it will take. She will talk about two people who decide to have sex without commitment? Will do a critique of the pharmaceutical industry? Give hope to those suffering from Parkinson's disease? Among these and other questions, only one certainty: AnneThe movie has its charm there, even though the story is well water with sugar. When the story begins, we do not know exactly what direction it will take. She will talk about two people who decide to have sex without commitment? Will do a critique of the pharmaceutical industry? Give hope to those suffering from Parkinson's disease? Among these and other questions, only one certainty: Anne Hathaway plays very well. Can move from comic to tragic way sooo convincing. It is the star of the new decade. As the 80 were Michelle Pfeiffer, the 90 of the 2000 Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, as of now it's time to shine as Anne Hathaway's diva. Expand
  6. 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.
  7. Sep 27, 2011
    6
    The movie is very cliched and skimmed, but however Edward Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs" still presents us the powerful, spellbinding chemistry between Jake and Ann.
  8. Feb 6, 2011
    6
    The story is pretty basic, a guy that's very popular with the ladies falls in love with the only girl that rejects him, and that also has a disease. The whole thing seems to continuously bark at the same tree and how the girl is afraid to start the relationship, which kinda becomes annoying and irrelevant at times. The lines aren't that well put together and the story is pretty linear,The story is pretty basic, a guy that's very popular with the ladies falls in love with the only girl that rejects him, and that also has a disease. The whole thing seems to continuously bark at the same tree and how the girl is afraid to start the relationship, which kinda becomes annoying and irrelevant at times. The lines aren't that well put together and the story is pretty linear, however the acting is very good. I wouldn't say it's a bad movie but neither a good one. Expand
  9. 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
  10. Nov 28, 2010
    5
    A average story, with a little humor and more unresolved disease and illness. It is difficult to believe the movie was only rated R, as we were 'treated' to lots of nudity, including the entire Anne Hathaway in action, along with Jake Gyllenhaal. Further scenes (at a Hollywood sex party) were also quite graphic and a bit disgusting. The sex scenes were no erotic, but hey were explicit,A average story, with a little humor and more unresolved disease and illness. It is difficult to believe the movie was only rated R, as we were 'treated' to lots of nudity, including the entire Anne Hathaway in action, along with Jake Gyllenhaal. Further scenes (at a Hollywood sex party) were also quite graphic and a bit disgusting. The sex scenes were no erotic, but hey were explicit, leaving very little to the imagination of even the most inexperienced. If any one arrived familiar with all he anatomy involved, and how the process worked, before seeing this movie, there would be little left to explain to them after they had seen it ... definitely not a film for younger audiences. Expand
  11. Apr 18, 2011
    4
    If I had watched this movie a year later than it was set, 1997, I would have probably liked it a bit more as the viagra jokes and the fat IT geek brother comedic relief (or something like that!) would have probably fared a tad bit better. just a tad bit. However today it is simply tiresome, tasteless even. Hatheway-Gylenhall scenes feel contrived, scenes where one of them is missing feelIf I had watched this movie a year later than it was set, 1997, I would have probably liked it a bit more as the viagra jokes and the fat IT geek brother comedic relief (or something like that!) would have probably fared a tad bit better. just a tad bit. However today it is simply tiresome, tasteless even. Hatheway-Gylenhall scenes feel contrived, scenes where one of them is missing feel even worse, Platt and Azaria's talents inelegantly wasted in brainless monologues with what looks like Gylenhall's life-size cardboard cutout right next to them throughout. All of these traits of weak movie making is attempted to be masked by uncalled nudity which really doesn't add anything, except to maybe appreciate two young actors in their physical prime. I really couldn't figure out why those two would agree to walk around in the nude in a movie where the script already leaves their characters naked and barren of any insight or originality. Expand
  12. Dec 20, 2010
    4
    The romance in this movie was its most compelling element, but the acting and casting was a stretch. Jake G doesn't play the d-bag well enough to believe he could be reformed and Josh Gad was way over the top with the comic relief.
  13. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    4
    I wish Lucuna, Inc existed so I could erase this horrible romantic comedy out of my mind. The characters are thin and the plot is manipulatively stupid.
  14. Nov 25, 2010
    5
    I think the Metascore is right on for this one. Hathaway is tremendous, but Jake's role is not written with enough depth to keep me interested in him. His brother, however, is hilarious, and Oliver Platt is excellent as usual. It just seems that too many people had their hands in writing and re-writing this sucker. The original vision was just far too watered down.
  15. Mar 12, 2011
    5
    "The leads and chemistry are good , Jake Gyllenhall and Anne Hathaway prove to be a good match , but with the over - obsessed dialouge and the real depressing back story. I really could not find any enjoyment out of this film , other than some minor laughs , its long run time makes it worse , but its ok as a date movie" .. B-
  16. Nov 27, 2010
    5
    This is NOT a romantic comedy, because there's not much funny. It starts that way, but moves into Hallmark territory with the addition of a chronic disease (conveniently left out of the ads). Jake Gyllenhaal plays a player, who charms the ladies, as he hawks his pharmaceuticals. His game is trumped when he meets charming Anne Hathaway. The plot follows predictable paths with the exceptionThis is NOT a romantic comedy, because there's not much funny. It starts that way, but moves into Hallmark territory with the addition of a chronic disease (conveniently left out of the ads). Jake Gyllenhaal plays a player, who charms the ladies, as he hawks his pharmaceuticals. His game is trumped when he meets charming Anne Hathaway. The plot follows predictable paths with the exception of the aforementioned complication. The chemistry between the two attractive leads bolsters the average writing, but the supporting characters add little life. An average chick flick. Expand
  17. Jan 19, 2012
    6
    This is not one of the all-time greats but, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys and appreciates the growth and development of great talent. With your two stars you have two great actors as they are just starting to reach their prime. For this reason alone, this move is worth making time to watch.

    The story was weak. Much of it was filled with distractions and poorly developed
    This is not one of the all-time greats but, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys and appreciates the growth and development of great talent. With your two stars you have two great actors as they are just starting to reach their prime. For this reason alone, this move is worth making time to watch.

    The story was weak. Much of it was filled with distractions and poorly developed ideas. It could not decide on whether it was a love story, an indictment of "big-pharm", a comedy, a drama, or a pseudo-documentary of what it is like to love someone who is terminally ill. Regardless, worth seeing for the acting performances of its stars.
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  18. Sep 1, 2014
    6
    Cliched and traditional in its romance, Love and Other Drugs benefits from Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal who are powerhouses together. The film isn't perfect, but somehow that's alright.
  19. Dec 28, 2012
    5
    Love and Other Drugs lacks a true identity; it has the sex/nudity of a raunchy teen comedy, but the emotion/drama of a romantic dramedy. Respectable as it is, the film never finds the balance that humors, as well as touches the audience. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway are terrific, they both give solid performances. The rest of the film is really likable as well, except Josh Gad, who plays JakeLove and Other Drugs lacks a true identity; it has the sex/nudity of a raunchy teen comedy, but the emotion/drama of a romantic dramedy. Respectable as it is, the film never finds the balance that humors, as well as touches the audience. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway are terrific, they both give solid performances. The rest of the film is really likable as well, except Josh Gad, who plays Jake Gyllenhaal's brother. The character was completely useless and irritating. Other than that, I thought this was a good film despite it not being as unique as it tried to be. Expand
  20. Dec 31, 2014
    5
    While the movie deserves credit for its thoughtful story and smart premise, "Love and Other Drugs" struggles against its inconsistent tone, but doesn't succeed in the end.
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    While Hathaway and Gyllenhaal have good chemistry, and director Edward Zwick moves the narrative along nicely, the film is too self-satisfied to be genuinely touching.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 13, 2010
    60
    The film definitely gets it up, but has some commitment issues.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 13, 2010
    63
    Zwick's "Once and Again" and "Thirtysomething" portrayed emotion more honestly than many TV shows of their time. But in Love and Other Drugs, he unevenly weds the satirical and the sentimental.