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  • Summary: When a washed-up eighties pop star (Grant) gets the chance to make a comeback, he teams up with an unlikely partner (Barrymore) on his road back to success.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. The movie is an unusually witty and intelligent romantic comedy and Hollywood's best Valentine's Day gift in years.
  2. 75
    Music and Lyrics is frequently appealing, often witty, and occasionally funny, but it's not going to convert skeptics and cynics into sentimentalists.
  3. The two generate more heart than they do heat, but that's the point. You want to see them together not just because they're adorable, but because you believe that their characters can take each other to a place neither could get to on their own.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    In the end, the movie's just the kind of enjoyably empty-headed fluff it celebrates and mocks. It sits up, it begs, eventually it plays dead, and still you want to pat it on the head. It's a good dog.
  5. 60
    While there is not much chemistry between Mr. Grant and Ms. Barrymore, they are professional enough to work with the movie's conceit while sending flickers of idiosyncratic charm off the screen.
  6. 50
    What charm the movie has is almost entirely due to Grant and Barrymore -- the master of smarmily irresistible self-deprecation meets the sweetly vulnerable queen of awkward self-sabotage. While they have no romantic chemistry, they're certainly appealing.
  7. 25
    Inherently laughable, but in all the wrong ways.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. BeckyWilson
    Mar 3, 2007
    Hugh Grant just stays adorable. It is so lovely to have him aging right along with me! Very fun movie and a must for anyone who loves vintage Hugh Grant. Expand
  2. RogerD.
    Feb 18, 2007
    A wonderful "happy" movie---a real feel good movie. The spoofing of today's music vs. 1980's music is right on!
  3. MelindaR.
    Feb 11, 2007
    A fun romantic comedy. Drew and Hugh play well off each other and the music moves the movie along.
  4. DavidR.
    Feb 19, 2007
    Much more pleasant than I expected. The witty dialogue and subtle - and not so subtle skewering of contemporary pop culture. Hugh Grant plays to type, but I happen to like that type, the somewhat bemused British semi-intellect, and Drew Barrymore displays an intelligence that I was actually unprepared for. And newcomer Haley Bennett was intriguing as the iconic pop diva. Fluff perhaps, but not empty fluff. Expand
  5. RobertV.
    Feb 18, 2007
    Hugh Grant is Hugh Grant, but that means plenty of funny lines that take conversations in oblique directions. We all knew where this was going to end but it was fun getting there. A few akward moments, but they went by quickly and did not disrupt the flow of the story. Expand
  6. NickT.
    Sep 24, 2007
    I think this is ok for what it is and Hugh Grant looks relaxed and is on form carrying this movie all the way through. Drew Barrimore seems more restrained than I've seen her in other movies but still if you want a rom com these 2 make it. I've even had that song in my head after watching it. Expand
  7. PatrickD.
    Feb 26, 2007
    I'm a sucker for Hugh Grant romantic comedies, but this is NOT a good one. If you want to laugh, this is NOT the movie for you.

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