Love Story (1970) - Drama, Romance

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A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 26 out of 166 found boring (15.66%)

One-line Reviews (66)

In addition, the "Love Story Ending" has become a cinema cliche in the last 33 years...

Cliché bound melodrama that connected with it's-good-to-cry types .

The music is breathtaking, the one who composed it is a genius.

Nothing happens in this picture.

Overall, I thought this film was a snore and I give it 4/10.

Meanwhile Jenny is rude and pretentious and quite an unpleasant person.

Jenny's acting and the music were also stunning.

And banal.

During her meeting with his nauseatingly pretentious parents the usually blunt Jennie is charmingly demure, and nearly as smooth as Sydney Poitier in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

One, people who die of cancer generally die slow and complicated deaths, not-boom!

Enjoyable Tear Jerker .

Whatever the case, it was a tedious hour and a half or so, and I'm glad it's over.

Viewing it is like going back in time; in other words, it's a fascinating period-piece.

the guy did an okay job of acting but blah I found the soundtrack quite boring, the movie was choppy, I don't like the fact they had to diss God in this movie God is love and love is God, He made love, me and my husband that I met at my church both of us waited on sex till marriage we both are each others only real love aside from crushes we had that never went any where my favorite part was the snow scene......

My review of the Love Story is just about the same as the first time I saw, in that I really enjoyed it.

Ryan O'Neal plays well the intense sensitive rebel, giving a heart-breaking performance as the ultra-rich man's son who works to pay his way through law school when his father won't...

I was dragged to this movie by my sorority friends when it opened in the theatres.

It even makes the most formulaic and predictable elements of the movie work out, as strange and unbelievable as it might sound.

But it's well worth watching once.

Nowadays I think her role might be considered stereotypical and predictable.

And I just love the improvised scene of Oliver and Jenny playing in the snow on the empty football field.

Still, it's enjoyable and worth seeing if nothing else than to see Tommy Lee Jones in an early role and also for the beautiful winter scenery.

The acting seemed old fashioned and cliché...

This movie deeply tapped into the psyche of the early 70's on a number of levels, and the cinematography and music, while repetitive, caught the moment.

Throughout this film, one cannot help but wonder if O'Neal and MacGraw read their lines off cue-cards behind them, or if the words coming from their mouths were to be staples of cliché for decades of romantic films to follow.

After Oliver returns from the doctor's office with the bad news, we get three quick meaningless scenes between Oliver and Jenny, so poorly written and staged even worse, that it leaves us feeling quite empty during the most important part of the film.

The storyline is trite and predictable, to say the least.

Yes, it's mildly entertaining and might even bring a tear to your eye.

First of all, the movie is VERY, VERY slow.

Again, I actually enjoyed it, even the first time I saw it.

They were predestined to become housewives, and readily conformed to these (often) dull lives.

There ARE worse ways to spend an hour and a half, but frankly, there are an awful lot of more moving romances out there, with more original plot lines and more engaging, sympathetic characters than this stereotypical pair.

There is a veneer of then-contemporary film-making techniques displayed by director Arthur Hiller, but none of that can hide the old-fashioned, cliché-ridden story at its core.

Both Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw became stars with this movie as Oliver and Jenny but inexplicably so since neither seems able to convey the depth or complexity required to make their characters compelling.

It is ultimately a story about the power of love, and even if you can see through the cliché language, parts of this film will remind you of a love you have or once had.

The film is worth watching especially if you like old, tragic movies.

The trite theme of son rebels against millionaire father is not substantive.

While their characters were enjoyable to watch, they lacked the depth needed to really pull further at my heartstrings.

And, it is this relationship, between WASP scion and patriarch, that is so good that it carries the otherwise predictable soap opera of a film over the threshold to passability as a film.

This modern-day Romeo and Juliet story is so unbelievably trite, clichéd and insipid that it's hard to imagine what a phenomenal box-office success that it originally was.

They have a series of very fast paced scenes that are ill-wrought dialogue-wise.

It is probably one of the saddest movies ever made, but definitely a movie worth watching.

Once this stunning revelation has been uncovered, we can all have a good cry and get on with our lives, eh?!

Pointless and irrelevant.

In other words this movie has all of the formulaic sappy sounding ingredients to make this a sappy formulaic romantic movie.

There are no long, boring scenes.

) It is the most generic, boring star performance I've ever seen--she's Stepford Actress.

Yes, some of it is slow, some scenes are overwrought and some of the characters aren't as well developed as they could have been.

Romantic, Breathtaking, Tragic .

This treacly, contrived "romance" about a snobby rich boy who falls in love with a poor girl (two awful performances, by the way) jerks tears only from the softest, dullest moviegoers.

and it is Ali McGraw's character that crashes into the dramatics with her smart aleck comments which truly make this movie so enjoyable.

This film may prove to be cheesy at times, but overall it is a very engaging love story which makes one question the importance of relationships and forgiveness.

though this film created that particular cliche.

A Guilty Pleasure But Still Enjoyable.

Whether it's for the snow scene, the thrilling sequence where Oliver tries to find Jenny, the music emphasizes the emotional impact of every moment.

Quite often, the best art happens when the banal is raised to the level of the remarkable.

Too often these days, I'm afraid, directors have it backwards, making the remarkable banal....

and Oliver (albeit he's quite handsome of course) is well, just a little dull.

But Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw were so compelling, I could not stop watching.

But what makes it special, or rather, what makes it different from a thousand other variations of this cliché?

An intense, tough-looking leading actor is seen: Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut...

The box office success showed that there was still a market for simple minded romance, but this must be the most empty movie ever to be a major success.

That day, I was bored and felt like reading something, so I picked it up and thought I'd read it real quick (it's very short).

Instead, she falls for the oldest myth in the book by marrying Oliver Barrett, the quintessential bland corporate type from the "right" background.

Having watched it again for the first time in years it's still an enjoyable experience.

The movie has all the ingredients a romantic movie needs, even the most formulaic ones.