L.A. Story
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a very personal Martin project -- the sweet-souled, nonstop-funny testament of a native Angeleno. Sly and soulful, it's the comedy that dares to be dippy."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Like Mr. Martin himself, L.A. Story seems basically decent, intelligent and sweet. It's a fanciful romantic comedy whose wildest and craziest notion is that Los Angeles, for all of its eccentricities, is a great place to live."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Unlike Woody Allen's New York City, which becomes a staging area for character angst and transformation, Martin's L.A. stifles the characters, and neither they, screenwriter Martin or director Jackson seem to be aware of it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perhaps Steve Martin's hair went white because his brain radiates with such boundless invention that all the pigment withered off the follicles."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A minor classic in the grand tradition of Woody Allen and is one of the best films Steve Martin has ever done."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"To borrow from Abe Lincoln: Steve Martin's L.A. Story will make all of the people laugh some of the time, some of the people laugh all of the time but not...well, you know the rest."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A rather slight film, but there is enough charm and wit to make it a pleasant diversion."
‑ , Film4
"If nothing else, it will remind you how funny Martin used to be."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A wonderfully sweet romance with a touch of romance and not a trace of cheese."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Steve Martin's script, a delightfully scatty account of life in the city of angels, exposes romance lurking beyond the snobbish restaurants and routine muggings..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue. It's breezy and light as cloud's breath -- not so much airheaded as air-hearted."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"It's witty, irreverent and entertaining, this love story penned by Steve Martin, in which LA is a tangible character."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"enjoyable silly"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Steve Martin's ode to la-la land is funny, endearing, and too close to reality for comfort."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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