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  • Summary: Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez' novel, Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the world's most romantic stories. The drama traces the Job-like vigil of Florentino Ariza, who waits for more than half a century to claim the hand of Fermina Daza, the woman he loves.Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez' novel, Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the world's most romantic stories. The drama traces the Job-like vigil of Florentino Ariza, who waits for more than half a century to claim the hand of Fermina Daza, the woman he loves. (New Line Cinema) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. 80
    It’s a well-crafted, handsome period piece, and pleasant to watch, but the intensity of an obsessional style--something that matches Florentino’s crazy single-mindedness--is beyond Newell’s range. The director of “Donnie Brasco” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” doesn’t paint with the camera; he doesn’t seize on certain visual motifs, as he should, and turn them into the equivalent of a lover’s devotion to fetishes.
  2. 63
    Sometimes less truly is more, and Love in the Time of Cholera is proof.
  3. 50
    Little of the fragile wisdom with which García Márquez imbued that idea has survived this timid Hollywood treatment.
  4. This romantic drama by director Mike Newell preserves the odd playfulness of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's international best seller but sacrifices its eroticism and intricate nonlinear plotting.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Despite a magnificent performance by Javier Bardem, the film not only falls short of the novel's magic, but fails to generate much of its own.
  6. 40
    Forget the heat of passion: The movie never breaks a sweat.
  7. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    25
    What doesn't work at all -- saving the worst for last -- is a ship-sinking performance by John Leguizamo as Lorenzo.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Mar 29, 2014
    10
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  2. CarolB.
    Apr 13, 2008
    9
    Loved it. A beautiful love story. Javier Bardem is imazing in that he can play the patient, kind lover in this movie and the crazed killer in Loved it. A beautiful love story. Javier Bardem is imazing in that he can play the patient, kind lover in this movie and the crazed killer in "No Country for Old Men". Incredibly talented actor. Collapse
  3. StephenH.
    Dec 5, 2007
    8
    The cinematic interpretation of Gabriel Garcia Marques' novel "Love in the Time of Cholera" is a wonderful exposition on the theme of The cinematic interpretation of Gabriel Garcia Marques' novel "Love in the Time of Cholera" is a wonderful exposition on the theme of the virginal soul: that essence of himself that the protagonist [played by Javier Bardem] saves for his true love. What the film lacks in passion it makes up for with a brilliant musical score, photography, sets and faithful attention to the novel's main theme. After all, who can really come close to the range of emotions, passionate intensity and overall texture of this great novel? Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2015
    3
    First 1 hour is very very boring.I didn't watch rest of the movie.Some one was saying it better towards the end.......................................
  5. KatieM.
    Dec 30, 2007
    2
    I haven't read the book, but I am familiar enough with Marquez's other works to know what kind of atmosphere the director was I haven't read the book, but I am familiar enough with Marquez's other works to know what kind of atmosphere the director was attempting to recreate. Needless to say, the attempt failed miserably. What resulted was a shmaltzy and tedious storyline that even Javier Bardem couldn't redeem. I will also never understand why directors insist on close-up shots when their actors are plastered with comically bad geriatric makeup. Where was the editor?? I'm giving it two stars because at least it made me laugh. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    1
    You can't just take a novel, no matter how great, and translate it to script word for word. Chances are, you'll need to make adjustments.You can't just take a novel, no matter how great, and translate it to script word for word. Chances are, you'll need to make adjustments. Because if you don't, you get an indolent, sporadic lump of doo-doo like this. Insufferable. Expand
  7. CaladoniaK.
    Nov 17, 2007
    0
    Terrible. Empty and apathetic film.

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