|Genre: Romance, Comedy, Love, Deception, Detectives, Farce, Period Piece, Spoof, Racy|
Tagline: The ultimate catch has met his match.
Plot: Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) hits new York City with her new book DOWN WITH LOVE, a pre-feminist manifesto on saying "no" to love and "yes" to career, empowerment - and sex. As Barbara's revolutionary tome rockets to the top of the best-seller charts, she becomes the target of ace journalist Catcher "Catch" Block (Ewan McGregor), ladies' man / man's man/ man about town, who is determined to take her down.
Catch's best friend and boss, the neurotic and lovesick Peter McMannus (David Hyde Pierce), tries to rein in his star writer, while haplessly pursuing the object of his affections, Vikki Hiller (Sarah Paulson), Barbara's brilliant and feisty editor. Vikki plays tough in a man's world, which includes her old-style chauvinist boss, Theodore Banner (Tony
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Those unaware that this is intended as an affectionate revival of a kind of film that hasn't been seen in more than three decades may find Down with Love to be a strange entity. At best, teenagers might see this as a kind of old-fashioned fairy tale.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
This pitch-perfect imitation of a Rock Hudson-Doris Day nonsex comedy features Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and a passel of visual delights. But why should we care?
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)
"Down With Love" is no better or worse than the movies that inspired it, but that is a compliment, I think.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
The most sincere thing about "Down With Love" is its deep insincerity
--Stephen Hunter (Washington Post)
Despite the lackluster performance of Ms. Zellweger’s, I still would recommend “Down With Love” to all. I give the film an A- for effort and an A for execution.
--Edward Havens (FilmJerk.com)
My guess is that either “Down With Love” will get very annoying, very fast, or it will you grow on you. I found it clever, affectionate and fun... so I guess it grew on me.
--Jamey Hughton (MovieViews)
Overall, Down With Love is a colorful treat and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. 8/10
--Nate Anderson (Movie-Vault.com)
Don’t be fooled because Down With Love is less a romantic comedy than a careful study of them. It’s very funny, even sweet at times, but not a drag-my-boyfriend-to-it kinda movie, unless figuring it out afterward in the parking lot puts you in the mood.
--Kevin Smokler (FilmCritic.com)
Provided you're willing to look past the film's extreme overlength, Down With Love is bubbly and fun. And it should serve as a decent introduction to past romantic comedies for a whole new generation.
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)
Down With Love perfectly symbolizes Valentines Day, dumb, annoying and sickly sweet, without so much as a hint that emotion has more to do with love than a box of chocolates.
--Carl Lazarevic (MovieWeb)
Roughly one minute into Down with Love, it becomes immediately clear that this film is going to attempt what Far From Heaven did: try to be a lost film from a bygone time, in this case 1962.
--Dante A. Ciampaglia (MovieWeb)
Smart, savvy and very, very funny, Down With Love is an expert exercise in pop cultural pastiche: an elegant, hilarious romantic comedy which mimics, then surpasses its straight-laced 60s ancestors.
--Nev Pierce (BBC Films)
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|It works so hard at being so silly that silly seems smart, making Down With Love simply lovely. 71/100|
--Janet Branagan (Apollo Guide)
A cute enough movie which floats along with its precise 1960s set designs & costumes, a bubbly soundtrack reminiscent of actual movies from that era, as well as a number of fun performances by its groovy cast, but nothing that particularly blew me away once I got into the whole "parody" of it all. 6/10
The comedy flip-side to Far From Heaven, Down With Love is an absolute treat for movie-fans, with Zellweger and McGregor on top form and hilarious comic support from David Hyde Pierce.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
A one-joke film that manages to hold the interest for considerably longer than you'd probably expect. Not a great story, but extremely well made and nice to look at. 6/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)