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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 174

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  1. Feb 1, 2011
    2
    The characters seem to be miscast and the movie seems to only want to send a message every 20 minutes....not have the movie-goer leave with a complete message. Skip this.
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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. One of the best film musicals in years -- exuberant, sexy and life affirming in equal measure.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    Director Chris Columbus has pasted the grungy "La Boheme" update onto film with slavish respect for the original material but a shortage of stylistic imagination and raw emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    50
    Instead of bringing a universal love story to the living present, the film traps it in a frozen past like a prehistoric bug in amber, as removed from moviegoers' experience as a dusty diorama at the American Museum of Natural History.