Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 75
    If you like romantic movies but find Hollywood's increasingly sterile formulas to be a poisonous bore, Love Me if You Dare offers an antidote.
  2. Much of the style strains too hard to be cute, but true romantics may shed copious tears of sympathy and empathy.
  3. 75
    There's something in the obsessiveness of these characters that pushes the film just beyond the level of believability, even for a romantic fable such as this.
  4. It's a pitch-black, Grimm Brothers-style fable that enchants, frustrates and ultimately dares you to love it. Even if you don't, you'll be riveted.
  5. 70
    The rueful ghost of François Truffaut hovers over writer-director Yann Samuell's wonderfully capricious tale of Gallic lovers with no idea of when to say finis.
  6. Reviewed by: Christopher Zinsli
    70
    The script offers up some deviously clever twists and dark laughs reminiscent of the over-maligned French (coincidence?) Stewart spite-a-thon, “Love Stinks,” only with a jaunty European twist.
  7. A perversely dark romantic comedy shot and edited in the contemporary fairy-tale style of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amélie." But this one has a dagger for a heart.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    French films have long specialized in depicting the impassioned, go-for-broke infatuation known as l'amour fou. Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare may be the first to investigate l'amour annoying.
  9. 63
    Unlike “Amélie,” Love Me If You Dare will not become a sleeper. But neither will it make you go to sleep.
  10. Reviewed by: Judith Prescott
    60
    Despite the sterling performances by the two main actors, the movie tends to lose pace in the second half and needs more secondary characters. But for a first time in the director's chair, Samuell shows a deftness of touch that bodes well for the future.
  11. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    58
    Once we realize just how deeply hateful these two are, Samuell's free-spirited, romping visuals start to feel imposed on the film as a shameless "me too" ripoff of another, better movie.
  12. Slick but painfully precious, it strains to be darkly romantic but is bereft of genuine feeling.
  13. Whether you find its dual resolution hopelessly pretentious or profound depends on your tolerance for a certain strain of Gallic sentimentality that takes itself more seriously than it lets on.
  14. Apparently, the idea of their passion is enough to save them from a life of boredom - if only it had the same happy effect on us.
  15. Has to be one of the least charming French romances to find American distribution in recent years.
  16. 50
    It's a powerful psychological conceit, but Samuell subverts it at every turn with his carnivalesque style and canned Gallic wistfulness.
  17. 50
    Perhaps because the film makes me feel so crawly, it is actually good. Yet still I cannot like it.
  18. Doesn't even play fairly by its own rules. What emerges isn't a romantic comedy at all, but rather--very much like "The War of the Roses" a few years back--a cleverly disguised monster movie.
  19. The award for the most annoying character to appear in a movie so far this year turns out to be a tie: It goes to both of the oh-so-swankly tormented romantic mischief makers of Love Me if You Dare.
  20. 40
    The film's attempts at meaning do it in. The longer it goes on and the darker it grows, the further it drifts from any kind of human experience, outside of its protagonists' particular flavor of madness.
  21. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    40
    Valiant attempt to create a modern fairytale ends up being frustratingly creepy instead of haunting and memorable.
  22. Reviewed by: David Ng
    40
    The movie's hyperactivity eventually yields to such revelations as Life Isn't a Game and The Biggest Dare Is Love, but the ultimate measure of its conventionality is its soundtrack.
  23. The film is loaded with striking visuals, high energy and all-stops portrayals from its actors, but for all of Samuell's imaginative cinematic bravura, it is, finally, mainly exasperating. Phooey on Julien and Sophie's excruciating l'amour fou.
  24. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    It may be a simple matter of cultural dissonance, or maybe just a bad translation, but it's hard to see why this obnoxious romantic comedy about a lifetime-long relationship between two mischievous adults locked in an ongoing game of "Dares" was such a huge hit in its native France.
  25. Reviewed by: Nick Dawson
    40
    An uncomfortable, if intriguing, mess.
  26. Two of the most insistently unlikable movie creations to afflict audiences in some time, a pair of self-obsessed anti-romanticists who spend some two decades doing stupid things at each other's behest. They also whine a lot.
  27. Mr. Samuell's stylistic revelries are meant as comments on the conventions and excesses of movie romance, but his approach is glib and self-congratulatory. No feelings dwell beneath the layers upon layers of faux-naïve artifice. I dare you to sit through this movie and not wish you were somewhere else.
  28. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    30
    It's a nasty piece of work about two nasty pieces of work.
  29. 20
    In this toxic tale of young psychopaths in love, the stylish, often stunning visuals are ultimately outmatched by the repellent protagonists at the story's center.
  30. Irritating throughout, Love Me if You Dare turns positively appalling in its last half hour, with the inevitable final showdown producing an image that continues to curdle my stomach days later.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    7
    I can see this film is far too unconventional for Hollywood critics to praise. Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet share a dazzling chemistryI can see this film is far too unconventional for Hollywood critics to praise. Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet share a dazzling chemistry in this authentic romantic thriller. Its tangled story may seem confusing for audiences used to more linear plot lines. The whole picture seems illogical, there are a lot of plot holes and inconsistencies, as well as some complicated allegories, all actually designed to give viewers the freedom to think and decide if and how it touched them. Although it starts like a common tearjerker, it quickly evolves into an off-centre experience full of symbolisms about life, innocence, right and wrong, courage and love. Darker and more vivid than most romances you have watched.

    Do not try to find elsewhere an answer to what happens in the end, though. That's up to you to decide.
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  2. Feb 20, 2012
    8
    Best french movie of all time. If you haven't see it, you've better watch it. it's the dark version of ''One day'' with Anne Hathaway.ThereBest french movie of all time. If you haven't see it, you've better watch it. it's the dark version of ''One day'' with Anne Hathaway.There is complicity and chemistry between the two actors. Full Review »
  3. KevinH
    Oct 22, 2006
    9
    This is fresh and stylish and makes me laugh and yearn and shout. No, no you fools, you were made for each other! I go for the second ending This is fresh and stylish and makes me laugh and yearn and shout. No, no you fools, you were made for each other! I go for the second ending everytime. Full Review »