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In this tearjerker, Harvard pre-law student Oliver Barratt IV falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri. Oliver's father disapproves of Jenny's blue-collar background and cuts off his son's allowance after their marriage. However, the couple is blissfully happy, until Jenny is diagnosed with an incurable disease.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ryan O'Neal gives the character of the neon scion a warmth and vulnerability entirely missing from the bestseller."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The only really depressing thing about Love Story is the thought of all of the terrible imitations that will inevitably follow it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"If you're going to make a serious tearjerker, somebody's got to die. It's in the handbook of romantic platitudes."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"By the time O'Neal gets around to intoning the famous tag line, you'll be so sick of hearing Francis Lai's love theme that you'll want to strangle the projectionist."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As soapy as it ever was."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Love Story is an excellent film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Hiller earns our emotional response because of the way he's directed the movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Mega-hit of the 1970s is a real cringer today."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Cornball classic weeper is at least true to its book basis."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Love Story ultimately drowns in syrup."
‑ , Film4
"Dated before it was made."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"We all know what happens in the end so what's the bleeding point?"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Guilty pleasure par excellence: How did this poorly-acted schmaltzy romantic melodrama ever get Best Picture Oscar nomination?"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although the relationship between Oliver and Jennifer remains one of the best ever produced, [it] lacks excitement and tension that are primary ingredients for any movie."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Treacle, sickening sweet, but still a guilty pleasure for those with romance in their bones."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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