Love Actually


Box office

The Working Title Films production, budgeted at $45,000,000, was released by Universal Pictures. It grossed $62,671,632 in the United Kingdom, $13,956,093 in Australia[12] and $59,472,278 in the US and Canada. It took a worldwide total of $247,472,278.[13]

Critical response

While Love Actually received generally positive reviews in Britain, United States reviews were generally mixed. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 63% of critics gave the film a positive rating, based on 191 reviews, with an average score of 6.4/10. Its consensus states "'A sugary tale overstuffed with too many stories. Still, the cast charms."[14] On Metacritic the film holds a 55/100 rating, based on 41 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15] In 2013, the movie was analysed on whether the movie was a modern day Christmas classic.[16][17][18]

Todd McCarthy of Variety called it "a roundly entertaining romantic comedy," a "doggedly cheery confection," and "a package that feels as luxuriously appointed and expertly tooled as a Rolls-Royce" and predicted "its cheeky wit, impossibly attractive cast, and sure-handed professionalism... along with its all-encompassing romanticism should make this a highly popular early holiday attraction for adults on both sides of the pond".[19] Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice called it "love British style, handicapped slightly by corny circumstance and populated by colourful neurotics".[20] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 1⁄2 out of 4 stars, describing it as "a belly-flop into the sea of romantic comedy [...] The movie's only flaw is also a virtue: It's jammed with characters, stories, warmth and laughs, until at times Curtis seems to be working from a checklist of obligatory movie love situations and doesn't want to leave anything out [...] It feels a little like a gourmet meal that turns into a hot-dog eating contest."[21] Susan Wloszczyna of USA Today wrote "Curtis' multi-tiered cake of comedy, slathered in eye-candy icing and set mostly in London at Christmas, serves sundry slices of love—sad, sweet and silly—in all of their messy, often surprising, glory."[22]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly rated it B and called it "a toasty, star-packed ensemble comedy... [That's] going to make a lot of holiday romantics feel very, very good; watching it; I felt cosy and charmed myself."[23] Nev Pierce of the BBC awarded it four of a possible five stars and called it a "vibrant romantic comedy... Warm, bittersweet and hilarious, this is lovely, actually. Prepare to be smitten."[24] Carla Meyer of the San Francisco Chronicle opined "[it] abandons any pretext of sophistication for gloppy sentimentality, sugary pop songs and bawdy humour – an approach that works about half the time [...] Most of the story lines maintain interest because of the fine cast and general goodwill of the picture."[25]

In his review in the New York Times, A.O. Scott called it "a romantic comedy swollen to the length of an Oscar-trawling epic – nearly two and a quarter hours of cheekiness, diffidence and high-tone smirking" and added, "it is more like a record label's greatest-hits compilation or a very special sitcom clip-reel show than an actual movie [...] The film's governing idea of love is both shallow and dishonest, and its sweet, chipper demeanour masks a sour cynicism about human emotions that is all the more sleazy for remaining unacknowledged. It has the calloused, leering soul of an early-60s rat-pack comedy, but without the suave, seductive bravado."[26] In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers rated it two stars out of a possible four, saying "there are laughs laced with feeling here, but the deft screenwriter Richard Curtis dilutes the impact by tossing in more and more stories. As a director... Curtis can't seem to rein in his writer... He ladles sugar over the eager-to-please Love Actually to make it go down easy, forgetting that sometimes it just makes you gag."[27]

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic described Love Actually as the least romantic movie of all time.[28]

Awards and nominations

  • Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (nominee)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bill Nighy, winner)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Thompson, nominee)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (nominee)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay (nominee)
  • Empire Award for Best British Film (winner)
  • Empire Award for Best British Actress (Emma Thompson, winner)
  • Empire Award for Best Newcomer (Martine McCutcheon, winner)
  • Empire Award for Best Newcomer (Andrew Lincoln, nominee)
  • Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress (Emma Thompson, winner)
  • Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy (Bill Nighy, winner)
  • European Film Award for Best Actor (Hugh Grant, nominee)
  • European Film Award for Best Director (Richard Curtis, nominee)
  • London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actor (Bill Nighy, winner)
  • London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson, winner)
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (Bill Nighy, winner)
  • Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor, Musical or Comedy (Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster, nominees)
  • Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress, Musical or Comedy (Emma Thompson, nominee)

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