• Released
  • February 8, 1991
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 35 min
  • Romantic Comedy
    Sophisticated Comedy
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is astonishing in the amount of material it contains. It isn't thin or superficial; there is an abundance of observation and invention here.
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80

Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
Martin's poetic elegance turns to sappy mysticism. And if the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue.
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80

Variety

Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain.
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80

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Basically decent, intelligent and sweet. It's a fanciful romantic comedy whose wildest and craziest notion is that Los Angeles, for all of its eccentricities, is a great place to live.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The trouble is, nothing about this couple is particularly rooted in Los Angeles. The love affair has a bland, generic feel. What's more, the picture lacks verve.
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60

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
There are still plenty of laughs and some inventiveness along the way...although some of the gags and contrived plot moves stumble over their own cuteness.
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50

The New Republic

By Stanley Kauffmann
Martin himself still seems to be filing in at run-throughs for the real star who couldn't make rehearsals. [11 March 1991, p.28]
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50

TV Guide

Unlike Woody Allen's New York City, which becomes a staging area for character angst and transformation, Martin's L.A. stifles the characters.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Victoria Tennant's iciness has been well-utilized on screen occasionally, but not this time. [8 Feb 1991, p.D4]
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50

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Taxes the threshold of acceptable cuteness.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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