Love Actually

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Love Actually
Eight or nine plotlets, a castlist the size of a rugby scrum. Whatever persuaded first-time director Curtis that he could handle this lot, we can only hope that a hype-happy press and the biggest audience money can buy won't persuade him he's carried it off. This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong. Alternately sentimental and silly, it aims wide, and misses. On the one hand, we have Neeson comforting his lovesick 11-year-old; Linney with a loony in her attic; and Knightley as a newlywed with a not-so-secret admirer - none of whom is remotely funny. On the other, there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid; a couple of movie stand-ins bonking; and McCutcheon as Number Ten's tealady, catching the eye of Grant's PM (even Tony Blair looks credible in comparison). Hard to decide which mini-sitcom is most ludicrous, but it's clear the broader canvas hasn't afforded Curtis a longer perspective on society. His upper middle class twits have no more depth than his lower middle class twats. Stranded in this boutique confection are two stand-out performances: Emma Thompson is genuinely touching as the wife of philandering Alan Rickman; and Bill Nighy has a ball as an old rocker with a Christmas comeback single - a record no more crass or pre-packaged than this shameless yuletide schmaltz.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Curtis
Screenwriter: Richard Curtis
Cast: Alan Rickman
Bill Nighy
Colin Firth
Emma Thompson
Hugh Grant
Laura Linney
Liam Neeson
Martine McCutcheon
Andrew Lincoln
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Gregor Fisher
Heike Makatsch
Keira Knightley
Kris Marshall
Lucia Moniz
Rowan Atkinson
Billy Bob Thornton
Claudia Schiffer

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Lynnea F

This movie is my favorite every time at Christmas time I watch this movie like 100 times

Lucy Rose
tastemaker

It's that time of the year again when it's finally acceptable to watch Love Actually on repeat. Pop up cinemas around London have completely sold out of this Christmas screening which is no surprise! My Tuesday night was spent slouched in a deck chair at the Winter Film Club @ Peckham Rye's historic Electric Theatre watching the one and only Love Actually. Aside from Hugh Grant dancing to The Pointer Sisters, the cinema was a really cool experience. The dark, narrow candlelit staircase leads you up to the industrial cinema which comes prepared with deck chairs, blankets and headphones...one more flight of stairs will conveniently lead you to the mezzanine bar which is serving sweet popcorn and many beverages! TIP- grab a cocktail and pizza at Bar Story before hand (1min walk away) and your Tuesday night becomes a 10/10!

Marco D
tastemaker

Simply Beautiful!

Believe it or not, it was my first time ever to see Love Actually. I went to see it on DVD with a very good friend who's watched it since she was 15 and hasn't stopped watching it ever since on every Christmas.

What can I say about this film. Well I have to say that it's one of the greatest Christmas films that you have to watch every year. Honestly where have I been all these years to have missed such an extraordinary film filled with emotion and so much life.

Love Actually has a huge cast and I couldn't believe how many recognisable faces were involved. It's so interesting to see them in a different light back then.

It's a classic that has been and continues to be loved by so many people from around the world.

I can't remember how many times I actually cried with happiness, with sadness, with emotion, and with feelings. It's all mixed up together which gives a jam-packed delight of love. Actually all of this derives from love and this film teaches you how to love, to love the right way and how life can be extremely difficult. If you love someone, then you have to fight for what you love even if it may be a risk.

It's also hilariously disastrous at times and we were all bursting with laughter on a couple of scenes. It depends on your state of feeling, you could be laughing in one minute and then crying the next. I loved how they brought European actors into the film. Some actors are Portuguese and I absolutely adored it, I knew that I recognised a couple of the faces from other series they did in Portugal. Lúcia Moniz who played 'Aurelia' and Carla Vasconcelos who played 'Sophia' stood out for me.

The relationship between Lúcia Moniz and Colin Firth is an exquisite addition to the film.

I wouldn't watch this with your children, as some scenes can be quite strong. You'll know why.

Watch it for yourself and watch it again. Love Actually is actually delightful.

#TOTastemaker

Love MD.

Eneko M

Having watched this when I still lived in Spain makes it feel like good wine: the older it is the better it becomes. At the time, many of the actors working on it where complete strangers to me. Only the main actors were known to me but now, some years later, when I watch and find out that Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor or Thomas Brodie-Sangster were in the film it makes it feel like it's the movie with the best cast ever made. Now, this makes probably no difference for a Briton as you've been seeing them for ages and know who they are but for a Spaniard like myself half of the cast were strangers.


In regards to the film, I consider it the best love film in history. I am not quite a fan of love films but after watching it god knows how many times I still enjoy it and I keep listening to the OST from time to time. It covers almost every single type of love and it connects all stories in such a simple and natural way that you feel like they're happening around you.


Valentines day is coming close and I can bet there will be some channel broadcasting it. Just get a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, cover yourself with a blanket, and if you're lucky enough to have a couple, cuddle together and enjoy two hours of a delightful story.

Rosie T
Staff Writer

This for me is an easy watch, if it's on Sky/Virgin or someone has it on I will watch it. It's not one that I would pick out and put on but more than happy to sit back and watch it. 


A few of the characters I like and I do like some of the stories, the problem is that there are a couple (or more) of stories that are weak. With a film like this whereby there is a lot happening, intertwined characters and story lines, for it to be great every story has to be brilliant or at least good enough and we as the audience has to at least care for for is happening and the people involved. Unfortunately I didn't really give a toss about most of the people in this. Personally I think that the film should have been less busy and focused on 2 or 3 key stories and left it at that.  


An easy watch but not a great one. 

Brian

Truly a great movie. I didn't think it was especially deep, or especially funny, but it had something very few "romcoms" do. It had some originality and a lot of heart. FAR, far better than most movies in this genre.

Brian

Truly a great movie. I didn't think it was especially deep, or especially funny, but it had something very few "romcoms" do. It had some originality and a lot of heart. FAR, far better than most movies in this genre.

chris

...there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid... DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE MOVIE??? the maid is from Portugal, not Eastern Europe. firth tries to speak Portuguese, not russian. next time do your homework!

chris

...there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid... DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE MOVIE??? the maid is from Portugal, not Eastern Europe. firth tries to speak Portuguese, not russian. next time do your homework!

giselle

Have you even watch this film? Just like Andrew said, maybe you just don't understand irony and satire

giselle

Have you even watch this film? Just like Andrew said, maybe you just don't understand irony and satire

pinoy

The only decent review I've seen of this movie said "I didn't like it until I started crying". That just about sums it up, People like to judge, categorise, criticise and somewhere in the middle of all of that, the point of the movie hits home. Love is different things to different people. The reason that this movie is 10 (or so) vignettes is that somewhere in that melee there is a version of love that each of us can relate to. Why do people see Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant and instantly adjudge the movie to be a romantic comedy, and then to adjudge it as a failure. It's an examination of love from multiple angles. Even the scene with Rowan Atkinson was first and foremost about the anguish of the philandering husband rather than the innate comedy of Mr Atkinson, If you didn't like this movie, I strongly suggest you leave your stereotypes at the door and watch it again.

pinoy

The only decent review I've seen of this movie said "I didn't like it until I started crying". That just about sums it up, People like to judge, categorise, criticise and somewhere in the middle of all of that, the point of the movie hits home. Love is different things to different people. The reason that this movie is 10 (or so) vignettes is that somewhere in that melee there is a version of love that each of us can relate to. Why do people see Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant and instantly adjudge the movie to be a romantic comedy, and then to adjudge it as a failure. It's an examination of love from multiple angles. Even the scene with Rowan Atkinson was first and foremost about the anguish of the philandering husband rather than the innate comedy of Mr Atkinson, If you didn't like this movie, I strongly suggest you leave your stereotypes at the door and watch it again.

Ave
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OK, the maid is from Portugal, but, still, the film is dreadful. A big, fat slab of cheese with nine layers of icing on top.

KP
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YUK. I saw this film when it first came out and found it absolutely dreadful. Almost 10 years later I caught it on TV and my opinion thankfully remains the same. Silly, cringeworthy, nauseous and truly terrible - will consistently figure in my 10 worst films ever .Tom Charity's review seems spot on