Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. 75
    Sweet and kind of touching, and I liked it. The difference, I think, is that the new one is lower on cynicism and higher on wisdom, and might actually contain some truth about the agonies of high school insecurity.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    A fun movie. It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It’s a great first date movie.
  3. Often rowdy and uproarious, the film also has surprising depth and subtext.
  4. 60
    Kids who are still subject to the slings and arrows of high school will find this a lot funnier than I did, though I did get a bang out of Kal Penn, Kevin Christy, and Kenan Thompson as Cannon's car-crazy pals.
  5. Director Troy Beyer, who adapted the original screenplay, can't seem to decide if this is a morality play or a music-video fantasy.
  6. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    Clocking in at 105 minutes, Love Don't Cost a Thing drags for stretches. The nicest thing about most standardized teen movies is their brevity. When we all know where it's going, it shouldn't take so long to get there.
  7. 50
    The movie is so dependant on its source material that it fails to put Carter, Thompson, Penn, and Christy to better use.
  8. The music, at least, is welcome.
  9. 50
    The cast is uniformly high spirited and attractive, and Ms. Beyer's direction, apart from a few over-weighted Wellesian camera angles, is functional.
  10. I can't recall the original, or even if I saw it or not. But this variation certainly makes its points effectively, in what must be a more superheated milieu.
  11. Looks mostly like the same-old, same-old.
  12. 40
    Remains short on charm, purpose or laughs.
  13. Sadly, though, the movie as a whole feels blatantly dedicated to fleecin' da kidz.
  14. But where the original was slight but sweet, the remake is depressingly superficial and cynical.
  15. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    All the money in the world couldn't have saved actress-turned-filmmaker Troy Beyer's lewd, obnoxious, product placement-laden remake of the sweet and simple romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love."
  16. 30
    This is teen product at its most generic.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Stuffed with attitude but just as hackneyed as the original, Love Don't Cost a Thing brings a year of exceptionally lame youth comedies to a fitting conclusion.
  18. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    About as sharp an updated version of the original as is Jennifer Lopez's song of the same name a modern, Latina version of the Beatles classic.
  19. 25
    The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    You realize you're watching a snuff film, where the victim isn't just teen innocence but teen romance.
  21. 20
    Even in the teen-flick "Sweet Valley" of 1987, there were few places outside John Hughes's brain where paying somebody to be your girl didn't look like prostitution. Yet somebody made the Slow-Times-at-Clueless-High stinker Can't Buy Me Love.
  22. 0
    A sexed-up Afterschool Special pretty much guaranteed to render audiences comatose.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. StAcEyC.
    Dec 15, 2005
    Of course a ten im mean nick cannon wats FINE!!!! hell yeah i watched it like a million times! i like the parts wen nick got his new hair and cloths plus wen they were at the beach and finally the last part actully ill rate it a 1000000000 lol! Full Review »
  2. D.W.
    May 29, 2004
    I love this movie.