The Love Letter
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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 too close to anyone. George (Tom Selleck) has known Helen since they were schoolmates, and he's been in love with her for ages, but has always settled for just being her friend. Convinced she wasn't interested in him, he married another woman years ago. Helen also has another secret admirer, Johnny (Tom Everett Scott), who isn't at all put off… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Although the movie's affection for its characters is refreshing, none of them stirs our passions."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Just doesn't deliver!"
‑ Sue Pierman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Lies dormant as a movie."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An enjoyable enough way to spend an hour and a half, but doesn't end up having much to offer in the way of substance."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"It wants to revel in rapture and grand illusions and timeless dreams, yet its vision of love is overly graphed out and willed."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Surpasses your initial expectations, raises them a little, then just barely fails to meet most of them at last."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Has love ever been as boring as it is portrayed in The Love Letter, and, if so, where do babies come from?"
‑ Jay Stone, Ottawa Citizen
"A scattershot account of unexpected, confusing romantic love that spreads like a virus!"
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Charming as it is, the film is too thin to justify carfare and ticket money."
‑ Steven Boone, Citysearch
"The Love Letter is so slight, so insipid, that a viewer can scarcely find much therein to love or hate."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Intended as an ode to the power of words, 'Letter' is rarely worth listening to, let alone watching, and matters aren't helped by slice-and-dice editing that sometimes makes you wonder if the camera started rolling in mid-scene..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Director Peter Chan has a hard time getting beneath the gooey surface of this fanciful story."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
More reviews for The Love Letter on Rotten Tomatoes

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