Aroview: Golden-boy comedy writer Richard Curtis assumes directing duties for the first time but mislays the Midas touch he gained from penning “Four Weddings” and “Notting Hill”, though it still laid a golden egg at the box office.
Between no less than nine inter-connected ‘romantic’ scenarios, this insists on whimsy and artifice in lieu of insight into matters of the heart, and over-eggs its comedy and sentiment at every turn. Its few high points belong to Bill Nighy as a cynical old-boy rocker who delights in taking plum shots at the British pop music industry.
4 stars (Very Good) One of the funnier rom-coms around, this is a must-see for fans of Notting Hill, Four Weddings, and Bridget Jones. A huge all-star cast, with interwoven stories and a Christmas theme.~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) Multi-storied Christmas romantic comedy/drama, sure to put you in the festive frame of mind, with an all-star cast. All the right twists and turns to demand your undivided attention. Great the first time, but nothing I'm dying to revisit.~GenXGirl