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  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 24, 2013
    The cliché-averse will doubtless resist, but the laughter and tears here are never less than fully earned. A lovely film.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    May 2, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    May 23, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 19, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 7, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 2, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 19, 2013
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 3, 2013
    Love is all you need is a captivating and enchanting film. A romantic drama that, for once, is honestly written with believable characters and situations the result of which is an emotional joy that only the most jaded cynics will scoff at. Of course there are a few contrivances and cliche's (the cheating husband is the most glaring culprit), but director Susanne Bier elicits beautiful performances from her entire cast with Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm leading the way. Returning to Italy after the debacle that was 'Mama Mia', Brosnan turns in arguably his best ever performance and Dyrholm is just radiantly wonderful. I have to say that I really had low expectations for this film, but it is a total delight. You also get the ending you want and one the film earns. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    Very well directed in that it sidesteps the silliness associated with staying true to a sentiment amidst a full cast of characters. Pierce Brosnan is a veteran entertainer. Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2014
    This 2012 Danish import starring Pierce Brosnan is subtitled, although Brosnan’s character Philip, the widower of a Danish woman, understands Danish but does not choose to speak it, which is why he can work in Denmark and have everyone around him speaking Danish. English is the lingua franca of Scandinavia, so his coworkers understand him when he answers them in English. It reminds me of Montreal, where the French and English can have whole conversations in two languages, each person understanding the other language but refusing to speak it. About half the film is in English and the other half is subtitled. Philip is en route to see his son get married in Italy, and although he acts flippant and self-confident, he has never completely recovered from his wife’s death. The mother of the bride, Ida, played by Trine Dyrholm, has just finished cancer treatment and is still wearing a wig. Her rather insensitive husband, Leif (Kim Bodnia), is cheating on her, claiming that the stress of her illness drove him to it. However, Leif takes infidelity to new heights when he brings his girlfriend to his daughter’s wedding, introducing her to everyone as his fiancee, which was news to his wife.

    This should be a fiasco, but Brosnan’s character Philip is saintly and loving, and he somehow brings both families together, even though it’s not clear that his son and Ida’s daughter are right for each other, having known each other for only three months. The affianced couple plans to take up residence in a beautiful old mansion that has a flourishing lemon grove, a rather magical landscape and the house that Philip would have moved into if his wife hadn’t died. In spite of the fact that the wedding plans for the young couple turn out to be disastrous, a tentative and shy romance begins between Philip and Ida. They are both middle-aged, and they have both been wounded by the vicissitudes of life.

    I suspect Brosnan did not have to muster up a lot of acting skills for this role, for it seems to reflect the essence of who he is in real life. Like Philip, he has lost close family members and like Philip, he seems to be a beautiful soul who is mostly forgiving and always finding the best in people. In real life Brosnan worries about the fate of the whales and the fate of the Haitians. He’s a doting husband and a loving father. Back in 1998, Brosnan was here in Montreal filming Grey Owl. My son’s summer camp counselor at the YMCA got a job as Brosnan’s assistant—she was an average-looking skinny college kid with a head of thick curls, who never wore a speck of make-up. Brosnan was so kind to her that after the movie wrapped and he returned home, he kept in touch with her by phone. That stunned me. “You get phone calls from Pierce Brosnan?” I asked with disbelief one summer afternoon. “Yup. That’s just the way he is,” she replied with a shrug. Wow. A movie star who gets attached to the humblest people who work with him. Like I said, I don’t think Brosnan had to do a lot of acting when he played the kindhearted and magnanimous Philip.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    “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!
  5. Dec 20, 2013
    Surprisingly this movie expelled all my expectations. It was a simply good movie with nice characters and places, not an awesome-awesome one though. So diverse romance-drama told in the perspective of the elder people's beginning of a new relationship. It is a predictable plot so there's no surprise twists at all. From the director of 'In a Better World' this movie narrates the story of a widower and a hairdresser whose husband is cheating on her.

    A widower businessman in his 50s probably is preparing to attend his son's wedding in abroad. In other side of the story a woman who successfully completed her cancer treatment as well getting ready to attend her daughter's wedding in Italy. In an accident these two meet at the airport. With a little discomfortable at beginning they start to like each other. For the sake of children these two must sacrifice what they have found within them. So the lives goes on as it forced them to move along with it.

    Extraordinary performances by Pierce Brosnan and a woman on his counterpart character called Ida was awesome. I can't finish this review without mentioning the bride, she looked so pretty. Sadly it was not her story. The seaside locations in Italy were beautiful, played a crucial role in the movie's pleasant presentation. They shot it at the right season I guess because it was alluring. Everyone might not enjoy the movie because it deals about older people's romance and I am not old but I liked it.
  6. Jun 14, 2013
    This 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. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2013
    All of the elements are here (a decent story idea likable characters great scenery to add to the look of the movie), the movie is just poorly made. Tighter writing and editing would have resulted in a completely different movie that would have been much more engaging.

    The main story line is enough but for some reason the writer director felt the need to include several sub plots in the movie that either detract from the main story or make absolutely no sense in relation to the main story.

    A miss that could have been a big hit.

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