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A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage in the 1980s, but these days he's lucky to get a gig playing at the local county fair. Just when it seems as if things couldn't get any more bleak for the dejected has-been rocker, reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) offers Alex the opportunity… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good way."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This isn't just a chick flick wallowing in moon-spoon-June levels of Hallmark mush; it's the 'Macarena' of cut-rate rom-coms."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Lawrence has a distinct lack of ability to write anything remotely resembling a real human. Maybe romantic comedies don't really need that sort of thing but if there's nothing else going for it - and there's nothing else going for it - it would help."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Far too little originality ... to make the film anything other than a disposable rom-com triviality."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
""Music and Lyrics" argues that pop songs are poetry, and in the tradition of Walt Whitman, the film proceeds to celebrate itself."
‑ Stephen Himes, Flak Magazine
"Light, sweet and agreeably confident"
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"I don't think the ending is up to the rest of the movie, but Grant and Barrymore are great together, and the movie has both zing and song."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Sweet, predictable date movie. Teens OK."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Music and Lyrics could have had more rhythm and a better beat..."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Una comedia romántica realmente menor y predecible, con alguna ironía sobre la música pop de los años '80 (y la de ahora)."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"We're clearly deep into romantic-comedy territory here, so it's a good thing we're also in the hands of excellent guides."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Drew Barrymore is that rare movie starlet who can handle the comedy end of romantic comedy, but she coasts through her underwritten role as a goofy plant sitter recruited by Grant to write his lyrics."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Move beyond the lame title, and you'll find an unexpectedly good movie, with the inspired casting of Drew Berry and Hugh Grant possessing the necessary chemistry to lift this rote, manufactured story into something appealing."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Hugh Grant is a genius at romantic comedy. He has just the right blend of good looks, sex appeal, wit, sensitivity, self-awareness, and even more endearing, self-mockery."
‑ Beverly Berning,
"... this is a movie that will lose nothing when you rent it from Netflix a few months from now."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
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