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  • Summary: Dr. Burke Ryan is on the precipice of a major multimedia deal, but the therapist who asks his patients to openly confront their pain is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler has sworn off men and decided to focus on her floral business. However, when she meets Burke at theDr. Burke Ryan is on the precipice of a major multimedia deal, but the therapist who asks his patients to openly confront their pain is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler has sworn off men and decided to focus on her floral business. However, when she meets Burke at the hotel where he's speaking, there is an instant attraction. But will two people who have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love another chance? As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that in order to move forward, they need to let go of the past. And if they can, they'll find that, sometimes, love happens when you least expect it. (Universal Studio) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. Although the film begins promisingly, it proves to be little more than a soap opera.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    One of those sticky dramas.
  3. Love Happens announces itself as a romantic comedy but doesn't speak the language of love. Instead, it trades in the slogans of self-help procedural.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    40
    If that's the best Hollywood screenwriters can do, maybe they should sign up for a self-help seminar. Nothing focuses the mind like a little firewalking.
  5. I wish the movie made emotional sense, because it’s all about getting in touch with whatever’s holding you back, but it doesn’t.
  6. Some may wonder why Jennifer Aniston keeps taking projects about single women unlucky in love. But the bigger question in Love Happens is why, with her pick of scripts, she chose one so utterly uninspired.
  7. 12
    Love Happens is a weepie about the grieving process, mainly my own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. aprilh
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    Sorry folks.. But I about 30 other people in the showing all Loved the movie.. which included about 10 men. Everyone of us walked out saying Sorry folks.. But I about 30 other people in the showing all Loved the movie.. which included about 10 men. Everyone of us walked out saying we loved the movie.. Lucky I don't think much of 'Critics' reviews.. If I did, I wouldn't see 3/4 of the movies I do go watch.. Expand
  2. JessE
    Oct 14, 2009
    8
    I liked the movie. I don't know what everyone else is butt hurt and complaining about.
  3. AngelicaC
    Sep 21, 2009
    8
    I thought this was a wonderfully insightful movie. It's not the typical romantic movie that it portrays itself to be; so, in that sense, I thought this was a wonderfully insightful movie. It's not the typical romantic movie that it portrays itself to be; so, in that sense, I can understand some people's disappointment. In a very unexpected way, it's a very deep look at a man's struggle with his wife's death and the journey he takes to face the truth. If you're sensitive like myself, you'll enjoy this movie and maybe come out learning a little about yourself. Expand
  4. AdaM
    Oct 17, 2009
    4
    Walter is perhaps the only good thing in the movie. He does a great job - perhaps he's got the best written character amongst the lot. Walter is perhaps the only good thing in the movie. He does a great job - perhaps he's got the best written character amongst the lot. The movie could have been better edited to make the audience have more sympathy with Eckhart - they did nothing to show that he's still missing his dead wife until 3/4 of the movie has already passed. I don't know whether or not Eckhart should be blamed, as his "I sympathise" look just don't look v sympathetic. Collapse
  5. Apr 17, 2011
    3
    A tropical bird released into the Pacific Northwest would end up just as dead as this turkey. It started off looking like a thought-provokingA tropical bird released into the Pacific Northwest would end up just as dead as this turkey. It started off looking like a thought-provoking and promising film. Then the writer either got bored or lazy or both, and it all turned to slapstick and kitsch. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2011
    3
    My mate and i gave up half way, the lead actor wasn't meant for the role and he didn't seem to have any form of chemistry with jenniferMy mate and i gave up half way, the lead actor wasn't meant for the role and he didn't seem to have any form of chemistry with jennifer anniston.Anyways, i wasted 20 minutes watching the movie and wouldnt want to waste anymore minutes writing anymore word in my review. Expand
  7. KevinS
    Sep 18, 2009
    0
    Movie should be renamed to "Nothing Happens". What a bore!

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