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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Writer-director Martin Lawrence billed this comic drama as his own version of the film Fatal Attraction (1987). Lawrence stars as Darnell, a hopeless male chauvinist. Darnell is a crude-but-smooth talker and lady's man who doesn't take no for an answer. He works for a nightclub called Chocolate City and aspires to be its owner. He trades VIP privileges at the club for favors from women. Though he is an expert at conning women, he sometimes worries about what his childhood sweetheart Mia (Regina King), who is engaged to marry him, thinks of his adventures. When the classy, elegant… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sluggishly paced and too seldom funny..."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"[Lawrence is] a charming, gifted comic with a killer smile, but he's way out of his depth in this Fatal Attraction knockoff, which he also co-wrote and stars in."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A thin line? Not in this case."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In showing the importance of monogamy, the film is profound enough that it could lead couples to reevaluate themselves; women will look at their new men a bit more quizzically, and men will be less likely to say "I love you" unless they mean it."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"Lawrence the director should have pulled the reigns in on Lawrence the star, as his constant mugging is both out of character and ridiculously exaggerated."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The script lacks wit and depth, while Lawrence's direction is meandering and undramatic, full of showy, over-elaborate camera movements."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The screenplay is credited to four writers, and its unevenness argues that none of them were on the same wavelength."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Tiresome stuff, bearable only if you can overlook the questionable premise and find something to like in Lawrence's Eddie Murphy-lite turn."
‑ , Film4
"Any movie with a bar called Chocolate City can't be all bad, right?"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Martin Lawrence bites off a bit more than he can chew with his four roles in this haphazard comedy. As a result, nothing seems quite focused."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"Too serious to be a comedy, too flippant to be a thriller, it often feels like a backhanded act of penance for the misogynist humor in the star's comedy act."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A Thin Line Between Love and Hate takes its name from the Persuaders 1971 hit that has been re-recorded by the Pretenders, Annie Lennox and H-Town. You could have just as much fun simply playing one of them and skipping the movie."
‑ Andy Seiler, USA Today
"A ponderous vanity project that is unfunny and, worst of all, just plain boring."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"[Lawrence] doesn't seem to know that his protagonist is a deceptive, frivolous, fast-talking and surprisingly stupid womanizer."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Once it gets going, A Thin Line is moderately entertaining, but, oh my, that first hour..."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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