Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 36
  2. Negative: 8 out of 36
  1. Did Lane and John Cusack really have to put themselves through this? Here are two first-rate actors in the embarrassing situation of playing blithering misfits in a lame comedy of errors.
  2. 30
    The movie wastes the talents of its two leads by refusing to take any risks with the material, marching in lockstep to every genre cliché.
  3. Proving once again that skillful performances can't create something out of almost nothing - the best they can do is make it palatable.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    30
    This is nothing but a dare-to-be-terrible movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    25
    It's somehow fitting that this purported romantic comedy about dating is, like most dates, clumsy, endless, and absolutely excruciating.
  6. 25
    Here's a hint to tracking down an intelligent, discriminating significant other: stand outside the entrance to a theater showing Must Love Dogs. Once the film begins, look for the first person to walk out.
  7. 20
    It's ostensibly about adults, but there's nothing remotely adult about it.
  8. No film that requires a woman to jump in water and dogpaddle toward a man has the "sisterhood's" best interests at heart.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    5
    Not simply for dog-lovers, Must Love Dogs is a respectable romantic-comedy with two loveable actors: John Cusack and Diane Lane. Not theNot simply for dog-lovers, Must Love Dogs is a respectable romantic-comedy with two loveable actors: John Cusack and Diane Lane. Not the finest written film, but that's alright. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2011
    7
    Ms. Lane is my new enchantress. She looks spectacular, is dressed perfectly for the role, and plays it for fun. Which is what this is; aMs. Lane is my new enchantress. She looks spectacular, is dressed perfectly for the role, and plays it for fun. Which is what this is; a comedy. Mr. Cusack is one of my favorite actors. He knows when to play "tongue in cheek", has that irresistible charm I wish I had. He's great in everything. Solid, comic, wistful support from Mr. Plummer and Ms. Channing. Sure it's a throw away story I've seen many times before and done better. But the leads are what it is all about. I could watch Ms. Lane in anything. Full Review »
  3. NW
    Aug 1, 2006
    10
    I laughed the entire time. Great chemistry and John Cusack is his usual rumpled, hilarious self.