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Before his breakout with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon was already something of an actor to watch, showing versatility as a gaunt military medic in Courage Under Fire and as a determined law school grad in The Rainmaker. But looking to take creative control of his own career, he and partner-in-crime Ben Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting, earning the two a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and an acting nom for Damon. After that, it was off to the races, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), Kevin Smith (Dogma, though he already had a previous cameo in Chasing Amy), Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and Martin Scorsese (The Departed).
Damon worked with Gus Van Sant a few more times (Finding Forrester, Gerry) before finding a truly kindred creative partner in Steven Soderbergh. Together, along with another regular cast of collaborators, he’s starred in three Ocean’s movies, Contagion, The Informant!, and Behind the Candelabra, with small cameos in Soderbergh’s Che Guevara biopics. Around the same time as Ocean’s Eleven, Damon came into the Bourne series, whose first trilogy (Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum) would rewrite the book on action cinema in the 21st century, with its intimate shaky-cam presentation and intricate plotting and character work.
The 2010s were a big decade for science-fiction and Damon got in on the action, with work representing some of his best movies, and certainly among the most well-known: The Adjustment Bureau, Elysium, The Zero Theorem, Interstellar, and The Martian.
After a rough 2017 where he starred in only Rotten movies (The Great Wall, Suburbicon, Downsizing), and remaining off-screen for 2018, he made a late 2019 appearance with Ford v Ferrari, the high-octane true story co-starring Christian Bale, and directed by James Mangold. Next, he’ll be in The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott. Now, we’re ranking all of Matt Damon’s movies ranked by Tomatometer!
As we near the end of the summer movie season, you may start to notice that there are fewer and fewer worthy choices at the multiplex, and you might just want to spend the weekend at home instead. If that’s the case, and movies like The Meg, The Happytime Murders, Crazy Rich Asians, or Alpha aren’t particularly appealing to you, here’s a list of some solid new choices streaming on Netflix in August.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese’s multiple Oscar-winning 2004 biopic of legendary filmmaker, businessman, and pilot Howard Hughes.
Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson star in Kevin Smith’s feature debut comedy that follows the lives of a convenience store clerk and his best buddy who works at the video store next door.
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this drama about a curmudgeonly veteran who grapples with his racial insensitivities when he develops a relationship with the Hmong neighborhood kid he catches trying to steal his car.
Matt Damon stars in Steven Soderbergh’s tongue-in-cheek retelling of the true story of corporate whistleblower and sometimes unreliable FBI informant Mark Whitacre.
Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian McKellen lead an ensemble cast in the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s genre-defining fantasy epic trilogy based on the novels of J.R.R. Tolkein.
Clint Eastwood’s multiple Oscar-winning sports drama follows a down-on-his-luck trainer (Eastwood) who reluctantly agrees to work with an aspiring female boxer (Hilary Swank) when her tenacity wins him over.
Diane Lane and John Malkovich star in this inspirational sports drama from Disney, based on the true story of the titular 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse.
Kevins Kline and Costner, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, and Rosanna Arquette headline an all-star cast in Lawrence Kasdan’s 1985 western about four men who band together in opposition to a corrupt sheriff.
Before Ghostbusters, director Ivan Reitman and stars Bill Murray and Harold Ramis (who also wrote both films) collaborated on this comedy about a couple of slackers who join the Army and get into all kinds of trouble.
Sarah Bolger stars in this twist on the home invasion thriller in which a babysitter slowly reveals her sinister side to the children she’s watching over.
Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer star in this Netflix original comedy about a woman who’s left at the alter by her fiancee and ends up taking her estranged father on what would have been her honeymoon.
Lily James and Michiel Huisman star in Mike Newell’s period drama set in 1946 about a writer who receives a letter from a literary club located on a Nazi-occupied island and decides to visit.
Lauren Gussis’ Netflix original dark comedy series centers on a vengeful, bullied woman who decides to become a beauty pageant queen under the tutelage of her attorney.
Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem star in the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning dramatic thriller about a man who discovers a briefcase full of cash, the deadly hitman ordered to retrieve it, and the grizzled local sheriff trying to make sense of it all.
This CW sci-fi series centers on a group of juvenile delinquents who are sent back to a post-apocalyptic Earth to see if it is habitable again. Season 5 comes to Netflix this month.
Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and West Studi star in Scott Cooper’s western about an Army captain tasked with escorting a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his tribal lands.
The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening takes to the past in his new Netflix animated series about a young princess, her elf companion, her personal demon, and their wild, fantasy-tinged misadventures.
Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, and John Michael Higgins star in this Tina Fey-produced NBC sitcom about a news anchor struggling to set herself apart from her peers.
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in this high-concept sitcom about a rude, selfish slacker who dies unceremoniously and shockingly finds herself among the residents of an afterlife utopia.
This documentary examines the growing income gap in the United States and explores the effects it has on society at large.
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in this Netflix original crime drama about a finance man who runs afoul of drug lords and moves his family to a remote resort community in an effort to make amends… and possibly find a way out.
Since earning his career breakout with Good Will Hunting in 1997, Matt Damon has won an Academy Award, worked for some of the finest directors (and alongside some of the most talented actors) in Hollywood, and proved his mettle as a dramatic actor, gifted screen comic, and steely action hero. In honor of his latest starring role, in Ridley Scott’s The Martian this weekend, we decided to rifle through the Damon filmography and take a closer look at the ten most definitive entries. Which of your favorites made the cut? Which ones have the critics blasphemously overlooked? There’s only one way to find out!
Think you’re committed to your job? Try being Matt Damon in preparation for Courage Under Fire. For his role as Specialist Ilario, Damon dropped 40 pounds, adopting a grueling training regimen that had him running miles a day and subsisting on a diet consisting of little more than cigarettes and coffee. It was not, as you might imagine, a decision popular with Damon’s doctors — or, more importantly, his body, which required no small amount of medical repair after shooting ended. But all’s well that ends well, and Edward Zwick’s Rashomon-style Gulf War drama helped Damon break the dry spell he’d been suffering since nabbing a role in 1993’s Geronimo: An American Legend. Oh, and the critics liked it too — critics like Steve Rhodes, who called it “An extremely moving picture that left me with my heart racing and my arms clutching myself and staring at the screen.”
Before you even opened this list, you probably knew we’d end up here. And for good reason: Good Will Hunting is not only the massive left-field success that launched Damon and his pal/co-writer Ben Affleck into the Hollywood stratosphere, it’s a smart, tenderly written tale of the ways love and friendship can help build a bridge between the memories that haunt us and the futures we dream of. With empathetic direction from Gus Van Sant, beautiful music from Danny Elfman and Elliott Smith, and an Oscar-winning supporting performance from Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting was the kind of film that played equally well to the arthouse and cineplex crowds — and the kind of story that makes you feel good about loving movies. As Margaret McGurk of the Cincinnati Enquirer put it, “Good Will Hunting is another auspicious sign that the best of Young Hollywood is not only bringing back respect for the craft of acting, but for the cogent telling of tales as well.”
Between Good Will Hunting and The Rainmaker, Damon had a pretty good 1997, and seemed poised to continue his winning streak with 1998’s Rounders, a gambling drama about a law student whose efforts to give up high-stakes backroom poker in order to appease his girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) are complicated by the arrival of a ne’er-do-well buddy (Edward Norton) who needs his help to making enough scores to pay off a massive debt owned by a local mobster (John Malkovich). In spite of a nifty premise and a cast loaded with young Hollywood up-and-comers, Rounders went bust at the box office, although it’s since gone on to acquire something of a cult status on the home market (and rumors of a sequel even made the rounds a few years ago). “You’re going to hear a lot about the good job Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol do in Rounders,” predicted Edvins Beitkis of the San Francisco Examiner. “But the movie lives and dies with Matt Damon.”
As conceived by author Patricia Highsmith, Tom Ripley is a deeply unsavory character — a psychopath who uses his natural charm and malfunctioning moral compass as the gateway into a lavish lifestyle built on lies, theft, and murder. Not the kind of role you’d expect to go to a wholesome-looking fellow like Matt Damon, in other words — but that’s part of what made Damon’s performance in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley so profoundly disquieting. Capable of communicating bottomless need, desperate rage, and cold calculation in a single scene, Damon proved his range was far greater than many may had suspected. “We all knew Damon was a fine actor after Good Will Hunting,” wrote Jeffrey Westhoff of the Northwest Herald, “but The Talented Mr. Ripley takes him much further much faster than anyone could have expected.”
The occasional odd cameo aside, it’s generally safe to say Matt Damon is usually the biggest star in any movie he makes — but the Ocean’s trilogy is a cheerful exception to that rule, boasting an overstuffed cast full of film stars that includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Elliott Gould, Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Al Pacino, Carl Reiner, and Bernie Mac… just to name more than a few. As Linus Caldwell, the master pickpocket in the team of thieves assembled by the impossibly suave Danny Ocean (Clooney), Damon got the chance to lend comic relief, perform some nifty cinematic thievery, and just generally make it all look easy while sharing the load with the cast of a lifetime. In the end, after three films of watching Ocean and his gang make off with millions in ill-gotten loot, it was the audience who made out best of all; as Rene Rodriguez wrote of 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen for the Miami Herald, “When a movie keeps you this entertained without insulting your intelligence, it’s hard to complain.”
It seems laughable now, but before The Bourne Identity reached theaters, there were a lot of people who didn’t think Matt Damon had what it took to be a convincing action hero. Those doubts were quickly erased with director Doug Liman’s sleek, powerful adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel — a huge box office hit that was powered with equal parts explosive set pieces and a solid central performance by its star. As it turned out, Damon had not only the dramatic chops to realistically portray the fear and confusion of an amnesiac who slowly begins to realize he’s a lethal assassin, but the physical presence to make audiences believe he could kill a man with a pen — and launch a franchise that has had filmgoers lining up to follow a global trail of high-speed car chases, conspiracy cover-ups, and hand-held cameras shakily capturing some truly impressive hand-to-hand combat. “Who needs an identity,” quipped Peter Keough of the Boston Phoenix, “when you’re having this much fun?”
Damon’s had a number of opportunities to show off his comedic chops over the years, but he’s rarely gone for all-out comedy — which is why, despite its 60 percent Tomatometer, we decided to include 2003’s Stuck on You here. Co-starring Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins who reach a crossroads when the more outgoing twin (Kinnear) decides to pursue his Hollywood dream, this Farrelly brothers production lacks the gleeful ribaldry that defined their earlier efforts, but in its absence, viewers are able to focus on the genuine sweetness beating at the heart of their films’ best moments — and that, coupled with Damon and Kinnear’s easy chemistry, is just enough to make it one of the more appealing efforts in a filmography that’s largely fallen prey to the law of diminishing returns. As Claudia Puig wrote for USA Today, “Not only is Stuck on You a hoot, but it also walks a line — as the best Farrelly brothers movies do — between silly farce and sweet sentimentality that artfully avoids the cloying or maudlin.”
Violent, bleak, and unbearably tense, The Departed earned director Martin Scorsese his long-overdue Best Director Oscar — but before that, it delighted critics and filmgoers by using Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs as the launchpad for an unflinching look at the personal toll exacted by the mortal struggle between law enforcement and organized crime. As dirty cop Colin Sullivan, Damon gives one of his subtlest and most heartbreaking performances, portraying a man who knows he’s living one step away from prison — or worse — and who you can’t help but feel for, even as he works to ferret out the identity of Mafia mole and honest cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio). Though some critics compared The Departed unfavorably to Infernal Affairs, most agreed with the Academy voters who named it the year’s Best Picture; in the words of Beyond Hollywood’s Brian Holcomb, “Scorsese has made an incredible cover version of the original, imbued with every ounce of his artistic personality transforming it into something both familiar and new.”
Life as an action hero seems like fun, but every actor wants the chance to demonstrate diversity, so after a few years of beating people up as Jason Bourne, Damon grew a mustache and a paunch for Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!. The strange-but-true story of Mark Whitacre, who blew the whistle on price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland and worked as a secret FBI informant while embezzling millions from the company (and experiencing an acute mental breakdown along the way), Informant! allowed Damon to indulge his inner delusional schlub without losing sight of Whitacre’s essential humanity; instead of the cruel display it could have been, the movie’s a sensitive — yet still absurdly funny — satire of modern capitalism. “As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy,” observed Roger Ebert. “Not that any of the characters are laughing.”
A longtime passion project for director Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra languished in development limbo for years while the Oscar-winning filmmaker struggled to find funding for a drama depicting the last years of the flamboyant pianist Liberace, as told through his estranged ex-lover Scott Thorston. Even with Michael Douglas attached as Liberace and Damon on board to play Thorston, Candelabra remained stuck until HBO stepped in to cover the budget — and ended up reaping record ratings for a TV movie on the way to achieving major awards recognition, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nomination for Damon. (Douglas, meanwhile, won Outstanding Lead Actor, while Candelabra itself walked away with Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.) “Douglas is more than acceptable, but Damon has made an unforgettable character,” wrote David Thomson for the New Republic. “Scott Thorson is unknown and he comes out of the dark as the story that needs to be told.”
Last week, we featured a list of new home video releases that only included one Rotten film, which was pretty remarkable. This week, we have another unique situation in that all of the featured releases, except for one, are brand new (i.e. they all came out in 2009). Unfortunately, while a couple of them received high marks, there are a few niche movies that failed to garner very high Tomatometers. That said, if horror-comedy is a favorite genre of yours, you’ll find a couple items of interest, and if you’re looking to check out a few movies that never made it to your city, well, we’ve got a few highly regarded smaller flicks on tap as well. Check out the full list below.
Director Steven Soderbergh has been busy over the past decade, though not all of his films have gotten the exposure that his work in the Ocean’s series has. Last year, his biggest release was The Informant!, a satirical tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon). As an employee of Archer Daniels Midland, an influential agribusiness corporation, Whitacre comes to the FBI with information on an internal price-fixing conspiracy, and in the process of essentially spying on his company, it’s revealed that the lies don’t stop with the corporate bigwigs. Critics felt that Damon was strong as the titular character and that the film held its ironic tone effectively enough to award it Certified Fresh status at 77%. If you missed it in theaters, you can pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray this week.
Richard Kelly’s first film, Donnie Darko, which he made when he was just 26 years old, is something of a cult classic, and it established him as a director to watch. Unfortunately, none of the subsequent three films he went on to direct have been very well received, including last year’s The Box, which only netted a 44% on the Tomatometer. Starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a young couple presented with an unusual, potentially evil, and certainly profitable choice, The Box takes a familiar moral riddle — would you push a button to earn a million dollars, even if doing so meant one random person would be killed? — and expands it into a giant conspiracy. Critics felt that while the film was imaginative and had a few genuine thrills, it was often too preposterous and fragmented to deliver on its premise. Still, if you’re in the mood for a thriller with lots of twists and turns, pick this one up.
Michael Sheen has been around since the early 90s, but only recently has he been receiving the attention he rightly deserves, with roles in films like The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Aside from reprising his role as Lucian in last year’s Underworld sequel, Sheen also starred in a small British biopic about Brian Clough, former manager of the Leeds United football (that is, soccer in “American”) team. Based on a bestselling novel, The Damned United paired Sheen with screenwriter Peter Morgan, who also penned The Queen and Frost/Nixon, for the fourth time, and as the critics noted, it’s apparent that Morgan and Sheen make a formidable combination. Certified Fresh at a whopping 94%, The Damned United is one of those indie gems that more people should have had the chance to see, but since that wasn’t the case, now’s your opportunity.
Robert De Niro has successfully made the transition from drama to comedy with films like the Meet the Parents franchise. Unfortunately, he hasn’t made many films lately that have gotten the high praise his earlier work used to receive, and such is the case with his latest, Everybody’s Fine. It’s a shame, too, considering the pedigree of those involved: Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles, with direction from Kirk Jones, whose two previous efforts (Nanny McPhee and Waking Ned Devine) are both Certified Fresh. A remake of the 1990 Italian film of the same name, Everybody’s Fine tells the story of an aging man who travels around the country at Christmastime to visit his children, who have all canceled their holiday plans with him, only to discover that there are deeper issues to be dealt with. Though critics largely thought De Niro’s charismatic performance was impressive, they felt the movie as a whole carried too many of the typical conventions found in Christmas dramedies. It might be a bit early in the year (or late, perhaps?) for a holiday flick, but if somewhat light family drama is what floats your boat, then you can check this one out.
As has been the case for many of the past several weeks, the best-reviewed films are not the big wide releases but the smaller, independent movies. The September Issue, a documentary chronicling the publication of 2007’s September issue of Vogue magazine, the largest ever, is one of those smaller movies. The film follows the behind-the-scenes goings on of the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour (widely regarded as the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada), and her working relationship with the magazine’s creative director, Grace Coddington. Critics found the doc eye-opening, fascinating, and highly watchable, earning it a Certified Fresh 84% on the Tomatometer. Even if high fashion isn’t your bag, word on the street is that this is still a rare and entertaining glimpse at the industry with larger-than-life personalities. It’s available on DVD this week.
Horror-comedy is one genre that’s more difficult to get right than one might assume; not everyone can be Sam Raimi. While last year’s Zombieland stood out as an example of how to make it work, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant probably could have used a rewrite or two to make it more effective, at least according to the critics. Briefly, the story is about a teen (Chris Massoglia) who inadvertently becomes entwined in an age-old feud between two factions of vampires, which he must learn to navigate with the help of his bloodsucking mentor (John C. Reilly). Despite the presence of some big names (Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek), most felt that the film was inconsistent in tone and that its characters suffered from poor writing. Interestingly enough, while the film was only rated a 37% by the critics, the Community Tomatometer sits at a Fresh 64%, so who knows? You may just end up liking this little flick.
With so many genuinely frightening things in the world today, it continues to baffle us why horror filmmakers continue to turn to scarefests of the past for ideas (oh, we know: the answer is always in the money). Sorority Row is a loose remake of 1983’s low-budget cult classic The House on Sorority Row, with a similar story at its core. When a sorority girl discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her, she plots with five of her Theta Pi sisters to play a prank on him by pretending to die during a make-out session. The boyfriend falls for the trick, but during the elaborate scheme, he ends up actually killing his girlfriend, and after everyone involved promises never to mention the incident to anyone, each of the sorority sisters begins disappearing one by one. Unfortunately for all involved, though critics felt the movie looked good, it failed in its attempts at both humor and thrills, earning it no higher than a 22% on the Tomatometer. But if you’re into movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer, then this should be right up your alley.
Another very small film that received a lot of praise last year was a stop-motion animated feature called $9.99. A debut feature from animator Tatia Rosenthal, $9.99 is based on the short stories of Israeli author Etgar Keret and features the voices of Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, and Samuel Johnson, among others. The story centers around Dave Peck (Johnson), a listless 28-year-old living with his parents, who discovers a life-changing booklet of wisdom and seeks to share it with the others in his neighborhood, setting off a series of surreal, interconnected stories about hope. Certified Fresh at 78%, the movie was widely enjoyed by critics, who praised the striking visuals and sophisticated charm of the film. This is another one that never made it to many cities outside the major markets, so it’s something worth checking out if you enjoy Fantastic Mr. Fox or animation in general.
It would seem that one way to put a new spin on the zombie movie genre would be to find an interesting group of people to turn into said zombies. Enter Dead Snow, a campy Norwegian horror flick that does just that by introducing zombie Nazis. Yeah, you read that right: zombie Nazis. With plenty of gore and self-aware dialogue, Dead Snow recounts the story of five friends who head off for a ski vacation, only to be threatened by a band of recently reanimated WWII-era German soldiers. What more do you need to know? Unlike the other horror-comedy on this week’s list, Dead Snow actually earned a Fresh 66% Tomatometer, ensuring that, while the movie doesn’t cover any new ground, it still carries enough laughs, scares, and blood to satisfy those already familiar with the genre. Could be a fun weekend movie, if you choose to check it out.
With the remake of The Crazies opening in theaters this week, we thought this was an appropriate choice to highlight among the new releases on home video. Back in 1973, about halfway between the time he made Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, George Romero dropped this underrated low-budget gem on us. The film chronicles the struggles of one couple who attempt to escape Pennsylvania after a biotoxin has found its way into the water supply and the government has quarantined the state. Not quite a zombie movie, but similar in theme and tone, The Crazies was more a social commentary on the nature of big government and the general population’s distrust of it, particularly during those tense political times (Vietnam, Watergate). Whether or not the new version improves upon its predecessor remains to be seen, but in the meantime, you can prep for the update by watching the original this week on DVD or Blu-Ray.
This week at the movies, we’ve got a possessed student body (Jennifer’s Body, starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried); an oddball snitch (The Informant!, starring Matt Damon and Scott Bakula); food from the heavens (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, with voice work by Bill Hader and Anna Faris); and unlikely love (Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart). What do the critics have to say?
Megan Fox is the “it” actress of the moment, and Diablo Cody (Juno) is one of Hollywood’s hottest writers. Unfortunately, critics say their combined efforts can’t elevate Jennifer’s Body above typical teen horror fare. Fox stars as a high school student who’s possessed by a demon, one that implores her to feast on her fellow students. The pundits say Jennifer’s Body doesn’t quite work as a horror flick or as a satire; despite flashes of wit, it’s not all that funny, nor is it ever particularly scary.
Steven Soderbergh is one of mainstream cinema’s most enigmatic, unpredictable directors. It’s a good thing, too, because his latest, The Informant!, is about an enigmatic, unpredictable guy, and the result, critics say, is odd but offbeat and entertaining. Based upon a true story, The Informant! stars Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, an executive for a massive agri-business. He discovers a price fixing scheme within the company, and becomes an FBI informant; however, he’s got some problematic secrets of his own. The pundits say Damon is outstanding – nerdy, manic, and in way over his head – and though the film occasionally strains for wackiness, it’s ultimately both light-hearted and thoughtful.
It’s tough to adapt a beloved (and relatively brief) children’s book into a feature length film while maintaining the spirit of the original. Luckily, critics say Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs avoids most of the potential pitfalls, and the result is a laugh-filled, mouth-watering family treat. Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is a small-town inventor who constructs a machine that turns precipitation into sustenance, much to the confusion of his fellow citizens – particularly the spunky meteorologist Sam Sparks (Anna Faris). The pundits say Cloudy‘s CGI is remarkably detailed and whimsical, and the film features plenty of absurdist touches and riotous slapstick – as well as sharp vocal performances from Bruce Campbell (!) and Mr. T (!!).
In a romantic comedy, chemistry is an elusive thing — you know it when you see it. Unfortunately for Love Happens, critics say the chemistry between its leads is almost non-existent. Aaron Eckhart stars as a self-help author with a secret, and Jennifer Aniston plays a lonely florist who stumbles into his life; will these two crazy, messed-up kids make it? The pundits say Love Happens is bland, sad, and bereft of laughs – a downbeat, clichéd mediocrity that can’t be salvaged despite the presence of two appealing stars. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run don some of cinema’s most iconic couples.)
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