|Genre: Romance, Comedy, Law, Marriage, Love, Courtroom|
Tagline: Getting married is a great way to fall in love.
Plot: High-powered New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios – so how bad could their own chances be?
At the top of their respective games, Audrey and Daniel are a classic study in opposites. She practices law strictly by the book; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants. But soon they’re pitted against each other on opposite sides of a nasty public divorce between famous clients (Parker Posey and Michael Sheen), with the case centering on an Irish castle which each future divorcee has their sights set on. Audrey and Daniel travel to Ireland to chase down separate depositions, yet the two lawyers, who have slowly been developing a mutual attraction that neither wants to acknowledge, find themselves thrown together at a romantic Irish country festival. Naturally, after a night of wild celebrating, they wake up the next morning as man and wife. Now they have to return to New York to carry on with their surprising new situation and the ongoing court case.
Maybe getting married first is the best way to fall in
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Taken on its own merits, Laws of Attraction isn't a terrible film, but there's nothing that's memorable or extraordinary - indeed, quite the opposite is true.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
... there are some pungent one-liners that effectively set the mood of discontent and provide for some generous laughs. But when those run their course, the only thing we’re left holding is one bad, long-winded lawyer joke.
--David Levine (FilmCritic.com)
I’d almost recommend you see this movie just so you experience this last line and really revel in one of the truly great clunkers of our age.
--Blake Snyder (MovieWeb)
If the producers of the James Bond films want an excuse to replace Pierce Brosnan as 007, they need look no further than his latest romantic comedy.
--Neil Smith (BBC Films)
The sort of movie that you’d likely enjoy more if there were more obvious screw-ups – at least some continuity problems or really awful acting would break the monotony. 63/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)
Laws of Attraction isn't quite as annoying, or actionable, as the recent Down with Love, that campy tribute to Doris and Rock. But it's still fairly forgettable. Which, if you're the moored Moore, may not be such a bad thing.
--Glenn Lovell (San Jose Mercury News)
The first law of attraction is sexual chemistry – something this movie is completely lacking.
--Marjorie Baumgarten (Austin Chronicle)
The new romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction" is stuffed with every cliche in the book. It tries to emulate the great Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn classics, but ends up a pale copy.
--Paul Clinton (CNN Showbiz)
Still, the efforts of the cast are not enough to lift "Laws of Attraction" above the cautious banality of a midseason replacement sitcom. The real problem is that despite game, charming performances from Mr. Brosnan and Ms. Moore, you never feel the urgency of Daniel and Audrey's rivalry or the attraction that springs from it.
--A.O. Scott (The New York Times)
Opposites attract, it's true, but the problem with the two divorce lawyers in "Laws of Attraction" is that they're not opposites. They're perfectly well suited to each other, recognize that almost immediately, and tumble into bed at least half an hour, maybe an hour, before that's permitted by the movie's formula. Then they annoy us by trying to deny the attraction while the plot spins its wheels, pretending to be about something.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
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|Ambitious romcom that aims for a 1940s screwball vibe but doesn’t quite make it, despite genuine sparks flying between its two leads. |
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
The actors are doing what they can with the material, but the script is just so lame and recycled that they can’t rescue it. C
--Lee Tistaert (Lee's Movie Info)
“Laws of Attraction” is a nice stab at a screwball romantic comedy, but it falls short in both those areas. Directed by the unremarkable Peter Howitt “Attraction” begins as a loose battle of the sexes, moves into fish-out-of-water comedy, then climaxes as a deeply serious meditation on marriage. C
--Brian Orndorf (FilmJerk.com)
As if the story wasn’t bad enough, the filmmakers have the gall to place the top divorce lawyers in the Society pages. Yes, you heard right. 1/10
--Aaron West (Movie-Vault.com)
Dry and uninterestingly formulaic, ‘Laws of Attraction’ attempts to coast on the supposed chemistry between Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan; hoping that they can cancel out the bland material given to them in this romantic comedy about two divorce attorneys who find themselves engaged after a night of drinking.
--Joe Rickey (Movie-Gurus.com)