Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 24, 2013
    80
    The cliché-averse will doubtless resist, but the laughter and tears here are never less than fully earned. A lovely film.
  2. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Apr 24, 2013
    80
    Love is All You Need has been made for an audience rarely catered for by the film industry: intelligent adults who enjoy perceptive and good-hearted drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 29, 2013
    78
    As romantic comedies go, Danish helmer Susanne Bier’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning "In a Better World," percolates more than it froths – but that’s a good thing.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    May 2, 2013
    77
    Irresistibly entertaining and beautiful to look at it, the film is pleasant at worst, and – at best – wisely defies its slapped-on American title, a warm reminder that love isn’t a solution so much as it’s a brilliant way of embracing life’s problems.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 30, 2013
    75
    Brosnan is good, and he and Dyrholm erase any and all signs of contrivance in the plot, the script.
  6. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    May 30, 2013
    75
    Love Is All You Need works despite its occasional preposterous developments.
  7. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    May 23, 2013
    75
    As the title more than hints, Love Is All You Need is no stranger to formulaic clichés, but it’s still a Bier film. There’s a sprinkling of vinegar in the treacle, a bit of ballast in fancy’s lightweight flight, and, of course, the triumph of optimism that can seem unearned in her dramas is made to measure in a comedy.
  8. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 2, 2013
    75
    Love Is All You Need is entirely predictable, and that’s OK in a film as lovingly made, well acted and enjoyable as this.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 2, 2013
    75
    Brosnan and Dyrholm are irresistible, communicating volumes with mere glances as well as sharp dialogue.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 19, 2013
    75
    As Love Is All You Need goes through the motions of drawing its central couple together, Bier delivers nothing more than a well-made, strictly middlebrow entertainment with a bittersweet polish that's easy to enjoy and forget in equal measures.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 2, 2013
    70
    Though Bier isn't as comfortable with the lighter side of life, the film is a lovely little lark with a good head on its shoulders.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 2, 2013
    70
    What's remarkable, though, is how Ms. Bier's film, in Danish and English, finds beauty in its quiet moments, which are many and close between.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 1, 2013
    70
    It’s an enormous relief to have a lightweight but non-insulting date movie to recommend in this arid season. This isn’t a movie that requires your full attention at every second – although when Dyrholm and Brosnan are on-screen, you won’t be able to look away – but it’s a nifty entertainment that’s always easy on the eyes and gains just a bit of dramatic weight as it moves forward.
  14. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 19, 2013
    70
    While virtually everything that happens in this grown-up rom-com can be seen coming a mile off, Danish director Susanne Bier’s assured touch and warm regard for her characters make the film both pleasurable and satisfying.
  15. 63
    It works, after a fashion — a romance that isn’t a romantic comedy. But Bier, a wonderful director, proves that “Love” isn’t all you need to make us swoon. You need a lighter touch.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 23, 2013
    63
    While the underrated Brosnan is effective as the cold-hearted produce mogul, the character starts as such a sourpuss that after he softens in the Sorrento lemon groves, it’s still hard to root for his inevitable hookup with Ida.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 7, 2013
    60
    This is a movie purely for grown-ups, with its enjoyment coming not from its explosions or attacking aliens but from spending time with these characters and savoring its optimistic, "never too late for happiness" message.
  18. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Formulaic despite its trespasses, Love Is All You Need leaves the lingering sensation that more fun could have been had if the film cut loose and lived a little.
  19. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 2, 2013
    50
    As Love Is All You Need ties up its loose ends, it settles into a rom-com formula with a predictable, upbeat ending. It feels good, sort of.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 2, 2013
    50
    As Love Is All You Need ties up its loose ends, it settles into a rom-com formula with a predictable, upbeat ending. It feels good, sort of.
  21. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    May 2, 2013
    50
    At times it seems as if Susanne Bier set out to create some kind of absurdist comedy, but lost her nerve somewhere along the way.
  22. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    May 1, 2013
    50
    Cast with winning actors (particularly Molly Blixt Egelind as Dyrholm’s daughter) who seem determined not to distract viewers from the coastal backdrops, Love Is All You Need proceeds in all the expected directions short of actually including The Beatles.
  23. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    Corny as a vat of polenta, but still rib-sticking enough to satisfy those who like lightly seasoned, easily digestible cinematic starch, Italy-set Love Is All You Need offers a romantic comedy for middle-aged palettes.
  24. Reviewed by: Erik McClanahan
    Mar 19, 2013
    42
    As every sub plot, reveal and character… err, caricature that is, gets stacked on top of each other, the more inevitable it is that the whole thing will come tumbling down. And while Love is All You Need is by no means a disaster, it simply can’t support all that weight.
  25. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 2, 2013
    40
    It’s a mystery as to how so much talent combined to create such a cynically superficial product.
  26. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 30, 2013
    40
    The sole saving grace of this treacly middlebrow dross is the naturally sweet chemistry between Brosnan and Dyrholm. In the few scenes in which they’re alone together, wistfully recalling the past and discussing various misfortunes, you glimpse a much deeper movie.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 19, 2013
    40
    It looks weirdly like a romcom pastiche, not cynical, but not properly inhabited; it doesn't taste of romance or comedy any more than Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup cans taste of soup.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 14, 2013
    7
    This is actually a Danish film with a mostly Danish cast (and sporadic subtitles), but the one international name is Pierce Brosnan. He playsThis is actually a Danish film with a mostly Danish cast (and sporadic subtitles), but the one international name is Pierce Brosnan. He plays a closed-off widower who travels to Italy for his son's wedding, only to find himself falling for the mother of the bride (Tryne Dyrholm). While some of the plotting and characters seem a tad overdone, the basic story is a predictable, but appealing romance. The focal character is really Dyrholm's and she gives an engaging performance (as does the rest of the cast). The lovely seaside scenery adds to the charms of this sweet summer trifle. Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    8
    “Love Is All You Need” is a beautiful movie. Starting with the opening scene where you see beautiful Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who is“Love Is All You Need” is a beautiful movie. Starting with the opening scene where you see beautiful Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who is absolute perfection and an absolute joy to watch as, from head to toe, she gives meaning to each gesture and is mesmerizing on screen to her co-star Pierce Brosnan, who is not only aging handsomely but also delivers a strong performance allowing her to shine.

    Ida (Dyrholm) has just finished her last chemo dose and, being a hairdresser, has fixed herself a great wig to wear to her daughter Astrid’s (Molly Blixt Egelind) wedding in Italy and approaching the airport she meets the father of the groom Patrick, (Sebastian Jessen) Philip, (Brosnan) by backing her car into his. It isn’t long before Ida and Philip realize they are becoming family. Philip had lost his wife years earlier in a senseless accident while Ida, coming home from the hospital that day, found her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) having sex with his accountant Tilde (Christiane Schaumburg-Muller) who brings her to the wedding.

    The wedding is going to be held in Philip’s country home. Beautiful is the only word to use to describe the seaside town of Sorrento as the camera lingers over the water, coves, sunrises, sunsets, lemon tree groves, houses and Dyrholm’s face and body. Philip’s sister-in-law, Benedikte, (Paprika Steen) has been in love with him and provides humor no matter how much it humiliates her.

    “Love Is All You Need” is a romantic comedy that is filled with lots of romance supplied by Dyrholm and Brosnan and the comedy by Schaumburg-Muller, Steen and Bodnia. Micky Skeel Hansen as the brother of the bride, along with the other young actor, provide the ups and downs needed in a film of this genre and it was surprising to me that the audience was so surprised, and expressed it, at one turn of events.

    The film was directed by Susanne Bier who also wrote the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen and a deep bow to the director of photography Morten Soborg. The film will make you want to get on the next plane to Sorrento. Opening with Dean Martin singing “That’s Amore” it is heard constantly through the film blending in with the scenery.

    Bald, wearing a wig, having her own short hair, dressed in red or coming out of the water completely nude, Trine Dyrholm is a sight to behold. Hopefully this movie will get a much wider play to introduce her to a larger audience while they watch a touching romantic comedy. See it--see her!
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  3. Jun 1, 2013
    8
    Lovely film. Kind of a more serious Mama Mia, but in Italy without songs and better emotional exchange. I'd go back again just to see theLovely film. Kind of a more serious Mama Mia, but in Italy without songs and better emotional exchange. I'd go back again just to see the Amalfi coast on big screen again. Full Review »