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Love and Other Drugs

The critical consensus

The ensuing romance is marked by the same kind of sexual frankness of Zwick’s cinematic debut but is, at heart, an adult romantic comedy drama that still plays too close to formula. It’s also too eager to please.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnivale, The List, 14/12/2010

Sharp, softcore smutty, sweet and silly, Love & Other Drugs, like Viagra, provides an easy ‘up’ on a slow weekend.

***(*)(*)Jane Crowther, Total Film, 22/12/2010

Avoid this sickly-sweet, dishonest nonsense.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/12/2010

Well above the standards of your average romantic comedy, it’s funny, sexy and smart. It’s just not smart enough to stick to its guns to the end.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 26/12/2010

It's a pity, because Love And Other Drugs clearly aspired to be a smart movie, adding a bit of an edge to the usually sappy romcom genre while taking a few jabs at the health insurance industry. Unfortunately, it looks like the effects wore off halfway through the film, which is rather depressing – but I believe they have pills for that.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 27/12/2010

When it finally grows up and realises it wants truly to be about the relationship between Jamie and Maggie it settles into a fine groove, but with just a bit more focus it could have emerged as this generation’s Jerry Maguire.

****(*)Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 29/12/2010

Hollywood can dabble in reality, as it tries to do here, but its addiction to gloss is a hard habit to break.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 30/12/2010

While the story contains few surprises, eyebrows will be raised by the fact it was directed by Ed Zwick, purveyor of more serious, and better, fare such as The Last Samurai, Glory and Defiance.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 31/12/2010

Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs is a Frankenstein's monster, a movie bolted together from disparate parts that never properly co-ordinate with one another. It lumbers, breaks into an occasional trot, then falls apart completely.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 31/12/2010

Love and Other Drugs is a corporate satire, a romantic comedy, a weepy melodrama with Judd Apatow-influenced lewdness. This restlessness and lack of conviction make it both fascinating and frustrating.

**(*)(*)(*)Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 30/12/2010

It's as if veteran director Edward Zwick signed on to tell one story and got railroaded into telling four different ones instead. The resulting film is a saccharine-fuelled, cliché-ridden mess.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 01/01/2011

Love and Other Drugs has a lot going for it, but ultimately it's not one, but two wasted opportunities.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 02/01/2011

The two narrative strands don't quite mesh, and the movie stumbles badly when trying to effect the redemption of Randall through love.

Philip French, The Observer, 02/01/2011

I ended up wondering how a screenplay this messy had ever gone into production, let alone attracted two actors of this quality.

Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 06/01/2011

Features about Love and Other Drugs

'It's uncomfortable when you're naked on set, but I've done some pretty crazy things already,' says Jake Gyllenhaal

Elaine Lipworth, Daily Mail, 11/12/2010

Anne Hathaway: 'That was a bad relationship'

Elaine Lipworth, The Telegraph, 20/12/2010

Interview: Anne Hathaway, actress

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/12/2010

Anne grows up, tastefully...

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 23/12/2010

Interview: Edward Zwick, film director

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 24/12/2010

Anne Hathaway: 'I'm much happier talking with peple than I am flirting with them'

Imogen Carter, The Observer, 26/12/2010

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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