The Thing Called Love
The Thing Called Love (1993)

Four young musicians attempt to find success and happiness in the world of country music in this drama. Sharing a common hangout in a popular Nashville club, the quartet becomes involved in romances and intense rivalries while they struggle… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 16, 1993
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The last film River Phoenix completed before his death, The Thing Called Love doesn't have much new to say about show business, but it's energetic and well acted.

Variety Staff

Perhaps there's not much new to say about the dues and disappointments involved in breaking into the country music scene, but the scenes are fresh and the emotions real in Peter Bogdanovich's tune-laden, mixed-mood drama.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It bears as little relation to the real Nashville as Altman's 1975 feature, but director Peter Bogdanovich, the talented cast, and the credited and uncredited screenwriters are so busy conjuring up a charming world of their own that I didn't mind.

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TV Guide

Peter Bogdanovich brings conviction but little else to this upbeat response to Robert Altman's Nashville.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Bogdanovich's modest staging is occasionally awkward -- his kids still watch John Wayne movies at the drive-in -- but there's a convincing sense of what Nashville's like and how country music works.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Perhaps no one could have saved Phoenix, who was not lucky enough to find a higher bottom than death. But this performance in this movie should have been seen by someone as a cry for help.

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Eric D. Snider

It's good enough to watch, but not good enough to re-watch.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Although well acted, with early scenes that deftly sketch the atmosphere, the movie, written by Carol Heikkinen, never takes off.

Randy White
Common Sense Media

A star is born in Nashville.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Nothing terribly new happens here, but Bogdanovich plays out his scenes with tenderness and affection, and the honest performances spring to life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
This was River's last movie. About a group of musicians seeling fame and fortune.
Leo L
A great movie.
Lea Lea
good movie..
Chosen 718
A bit of a chick flick but it's a good film with some great performances by Samantha Mathis [she is sexy as hell], Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock, and… More

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