Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    70
    Harmless romantic and musical high jinks abound, and sentimentality prevails.
  2. Once you've accepted the notion that On the Line gives product placement in movies a blatant new prominence, the film turns out to be a soothing cinematic snack of milk and cookies.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Perfectly harmless, often humorous, featherweight confection -- think "Serendipity" re-imagined as a teen-skewing Saturday morning sitcom.
  4. 58
    'N Sync is bouncy, harmless fun. And so is this stupid movie.
  5. 50
    On the Line's cutesy premise is no more ridiculous than that of most romantic comedies.
  6. Peppy, painless and -- happily -- not altogether brainless.
  7. The movie has some clumsy dialogue and awkward turns, but the picture is brisk and likable.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    When so many PG-13 movies are encroaching on R-rated turf, it's heartening to see a film that responsibly approaches its audience.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    In the end, it's much ado about not very much, certainly not enough to catapult Bass into a film career, but probably enough to satisfy 'N Sync fans.
  10. On the Line would like to be ''Serendipity'' for the Oxy-and-Skechers set, but it feels more like the worst movie Michael J. Fox never made.
  11. 50
    The consistency with which the plot turns on characterization instead of contrivance makes this movie better than many of its supposedly grown-up competitors.
  12. 40
    The only reason to sit through On the Line is for some entertaining, if fleeting, musical moments.
  13. 40
    Not a good film. In fact, it's a rather bad example of that already barrel-bottom-scraping genre, the teenybopper romantic comedy.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    Less a romance than a feature-length plug for 'N Sync and its personalities -- and so, like all ads, not meant for "conscious consumption." Which opens the blissful avenue of sleep.
  15. Sophisticated romantic comedy for people who think "Corky Romano" is trenchant political satire.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    30
    Let's be blunt: Bass can't really act.
  17. 30
    Bass isn't a gifted actor, but he retains his dignity, mostly by keeping his head down and avoiding the eyes of the idiots around him.
  18. 25
    An agonizingly creaky movie that laboriously plods through a plot so contrived that the only thing real about it is its length.
  19. Whether he's the victim of poor directing or misguided ambition, Bass is almost entirely charisma-free.
  20. 25
    More "it stinks" than *NSYNC.
  21. This pallid little ditty, like the rest of Lance Bass and pals' oeuvre, is soulless, banal and derivative.
  22. Though the pop idol recently said that movies are his ultimate goal, the best thing about On the Line is its music.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JimboM.
    Mar 26, 2006
    10
    Amazing! I was hard the whole time and couldn't conceal it!