Only the Lonely
Only the Lonely (1991)

Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon (John Candy), in spite of being well known and well liked in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 24, 1991
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A pretty easy ride, almost entirely because of John Candy and the miraculous casting of Maureen O'Hara.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Surprisingly pleasant, moving comedy from Chris Columbus.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

John Candy sells it.

Brian Orndorf

Orchestrates a peaceful stream of gags and one-liners while piecing together a puzzle of broken of Columbus's best films, and easily ranks as Candy's most dimensional performance. He's a joy to watch here.

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Gerry Shamray
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Odd but hilarious Columbus comedy.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

As a romance, Only the Lonely undoubtedly succeeds.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of Candy's sweetest (and most underappreciated) films

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
One of John Candy's best characters.
Cassandra Maples
A wonderfully light RomCom that stands as one of the best tributes to John Candy (alongside Uncle Buck). Though, this is a comedy, it still allows Candy to… More
Alexis Nomm
It's a cute movie, with cute actors and a cute plot. The wife, Ally Sheedy was annoying as hell and had more mom-issues than I've ever seen. How… More
Mason Williams
The wonderful comedian, John Candy is funny in this film; Only the Lonely with Ally Sheedy and Maureen O'Hara. Candy plays a cop that lives at home… More
Funny movie. Bout a guy who finds love and learns to let his mother take a backseat to his life.
Dean McKenna
This is sentimental comedy from <i>Home Alone</i> director Chris Columbus shows John Candy to be a surprisingly good actor as a lonely cop falls in… More