The Love Bug
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Those who worried that the Disney studio would collapse without the presence of the late Uncle Walt were put at ease when the profits starting rolling in for The Love Bug. The "star" is Herbie, a lovable little Volkswagen with a personality all its own. Abused by a bad guy race-car driver (David Tomlinson), Herbie is rescued by a good guy racer (Dean Jones). Out of gratitude, Herbie enables the luckless good guy to win one race after another. The real fun begins when the ruthless hot-rodder connives to get Herbie back through fair means or foul. Based on a story by Gordon Buford, The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Love Bug is surely the first film in which the actors...are so meticulously insipid that a car can handily steal the show."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Such a vulnerable movie that if it were a little less sappy, one might feel compelled to protect it, as if it were someone under 7 or over 65 -- that portion of the public for which it is intended."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The first of the silly VW Beetle with a cute personality comedies, is as childish dated and occasionally sweet as the others."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"I'm a hopeless sucker for live-action '60s Disney, and this one is a classic."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"For sheer inventiveness of situation and the charm that such an idea projects, The Love Bug rates as one of the better entries of the Disney organization."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What this autopopathism means in terms of American culture is a subject I neither understand nor wish to."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The entire cast give standout performances, but Herbie steals the show in this well-directed, funny picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Boy-Car-Girl movie has some terrific driving stunts, thanks to a 127-man crew and the Porsche or bus engine given to the car with a mind of its own."
‑ , Film4
"'Herbie' and his plucky stunt drivers steal the show in this agreeable family entertainment."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Kids will fall in love with this spunky Bug."
‑ Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media
"Suffers now from dated special effects, but still cute."
‑ Steve Crum,
"For a 35-year-old movie, Herbie's still got an awful lot of love to give."
‑ Christopher Null,
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