The Love Letter
The Love Letter (1999)

Helen (Kate Capshaw) runs a bookstore in Loblolly By The Sea, a small fishing community in New England where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. A 42-year-old single mother, she is emotionally distant and fearful of getting… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 21, 1999
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Poor character development and scripting hamper any romantic chemistry.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The Love Letter transports the recipe from Hollywood to New England and turns it into the kind of flavorful clambake that defines summer escapist entertainment.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

Although the movie's affection for its characters is refreshing, none of them stirs our passions.

Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just doesn't deliver!

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It wants to revel in rapture and grand illusions and timeless dreams, yet its vision of love is overly graphed out and willed.

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Michael Dequina

To call this 'a romantic comedy-drama' is to imply an involving emotional core and a witty sense of humor that simply aren't there.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is filmmaking as puff pastry: Some viewers will want to lick up every sweet little crumb and others will find it cloying and twee.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

A scattershot account of unexpected, confusing romantic love that spreads like a virus!

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Steven Boone

Charming as it is, the film is too thin to justify carfare and ticket money.

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Harvey S. Karten

The Love Letter is so slight, so insipid, that a viewer can scarcely find much therein to love or hate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Megan S
I actually enjoyed this movie. I admit I did have to start it over once about 10 minutes into the movie because I wasn't really paying attention and so I… More
Sunil Jawahir
Just okay. I watched for Ellen and Tom Selleck and they were both very loveable.
Leo L
A great movie!

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