Following a number of failed relationships, a florist (Nia Vardalos) and a restaurateur (John Corbett) try dating one another with no strings attached.
" All I Hate Valentine's Day adds up to is an awkward, ritualized date between moviegoer and a still-learning triple hyphenate. "
" The strength of Vardalos' movies is that she loves all of her fellow actors and allows large ensembles to flourish. "
" Vardalos calls her film "the ultimate indie experiment," and if that's what is meant by ham-fisted pacing, writing, and acting, this is as ultimate and as indie as it gets. "
" It's like eating a plain Hershey's bar on that supposedly most romantic day of the year. It may soothe your sweet tooth for a brief bit, but you'll still be longing for Godiva. "
" A charmless rom-com about an exhaustingly vivacious florist. "
" What it lacks in laughs -- there are none -- it tries to make up for by ladling on stale cliches, such as Vardalos' two stereotypically gay assistants and a desperate younger female friend who stalks guys. "
" Everyone who's ever seen a movie knows where this is headed... but getting there is breezy, fun, and most importantly, well-executed. "
" Nia Vardalos wrote, directed and stars in this clunky, unfunny and plodding mess. She doesn't write dialogue, she writes shtick. Her direction seems awkward and amateurish, her acting is more like mugging. "
" Put it this way: Children who see this film at an impressionable age risk inhibiting their social growth. "
" Given the inevitable response to this equally regrettable rom-com, she can expect to loathe Independence Day, too. "
" A plodding mediocrity with an almost mercenary adherence to formula. "
" You might blame Nora Ephron, whose screenplay for When Harry Met Sally established the formula that I Hate Valentine's Day runs into the ground. Compared with this, Ms. Ephron is Chekhov. "
" The movie is set up as a valentine to Vardalos. She should try sending herself flowers. "
" I found it to be really one note. This is not authentic modern courtship. "
" I Hate Valentine's Day is a horror show masquerading as a romantic comedy. Maybe Vardalos is just in the wrong line of work. "
" For I Hate Valentine's Day, Vardalos has chosen to direct. And that's a mistake that only compounds the ones in her screenplay. "
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