Letters to Juliet Best Left Unsent
Sappy, predictable rom-com a guilty-pleasure only
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2010 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Critics aren't exactly head-over-heels for Letters to Juliet, a predictable romantic comedy about a young woman helping an older one reconnect with a lost love, but it has its charms. Here's what they're saying:

  • Letters will hardly go down as the funniest or sharpest caper of the year,” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon, but it's a “breathtakingly refreshing change” from the “flinty females and douche-bag dudes” that populate most recent rom-coms.

  • Letters to Juliet makes the case that even boring young nincompoops deserve love,” writes Ty Burr of the Boston Globe. Maybe, maybe , a better actress could have made it work, but Amanda Seyfried “delivers lines in the broad, affectless tones of a weather girl.”
  • This movie is “an insult to common sense and the hacks over at Team Harlequin,” writes Kyle Smith of the New York Post . “Not to be left unsaid are lines like, 'Destiny wanted us to meet again,' 'An angel brought you to me,' and 'When we are speaking of love, is never too late.'”
  • But that's fine, writs Kerry Lengel of the Arizona Republic. It's not date-night material, but “Letters to Juliet is a guilty pleasure for the ladies, perfect Blu-ray fodder when their significant others turn them into World of Warcraft widows for the evening."