88

TV Guide

For a movie about all sorts of warm and gooey things -- faith, surrender to wonder, and the possibility of love in a hard, cold world -- it's got a bracingly astringent edge.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Michael doesn't set up big drama or punch up big moments. It ambles.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's a little too low-key to be an effective romance and a little too soft to be anything more ambitious. Ultimately, it's neither offensive nor horrible; it's just another unspectacular, uninspired entry on Nora Ephron's erratic resume.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
But wouldn't it be heavenly if a like proportion of Tinseltown producers believed in an existing need for a good script. Because this one ain't good; in fact, it's hellishly mediocre, the kind that aims for holiday charm and settles for workaday torpor.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
The best movie she ever directed was "This Is My Life," a biting comedy she also wrote that was soundly defeated by both critics and audiences. I think she's lost her nerve and her edge ever since.
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40

Empire

By Caroline Westbrook
The script is clichéd and uninspired, the tone veering uneasily between unamusing comedy and over-sincere drama, all theological issues are weakly circumvented and the characters hardly relate to each other, let alone to any of their onscreen activities.
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38

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Director/co-writer/co-producer Nora Ephron is best known for the magical Sleepless in Seattle. Michael is mirthless in the Midwest. [24 Dec 1996 Pg.03.D]
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The director, Nora Ephron, displays her peerless gift for making everything seem snappy and mushy at the same time, and Travolta's performance has a slovenly, I-can-do-anything-and-you'll-still-love-me obnoxiousness.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Nora Ephron directed it and had a hand in the screenplay, but without Travolta this film would have no reason for being.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
This kind of angel stuff is classic Hollywood fare, especially at Christmastime. Thus, it's all the more wonder that director Nora Ephron has missed and mishandled so many of her cues.
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38 out of 100
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