‘Valentine’s Day’ Movie – Hated by Critics, Loved by the Public

The star-studded Valentines Day movie, although lambasted by critics, topped the box-office race in the US and the Philippines.

The film boasts of a starry line-up which include Jessica Alba (“Fantastic Four”), Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery”), Jessica Biel (“I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”), Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”), Eric Dane (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Patrick Dempsey (“Enchanted”), Hector Elizondo (the “Princess Diaries” films), Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”), Jennifer Garner (“Juno”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), Academy Award® nominee Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”), Ashton Kutcher (“What Happens in Vegas”), Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”), George Lopez (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua”), Academy Award® winner Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”), Emma Roberts (“Hotel for Dogs”), Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”) and award-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in her feature film debut.

Film critics were not starstruck and they have no love for the Gary Marshall-helmed movie which debuted in the US and the Philippines last February 12, 2010 in time for the celebration of Valentines Day. It even got a very low 16% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Here’s what they say about “Valentine’s Day”:

“I loved a couple of the scenes in Valentine’s Day: the opening credits and the closing credits.”
Gary Wolcott (Tri-City Herald)

“More geared to celebrity-spotting than cinematic storytelling, it’s fluffy and flimsy.”
Susan Granger (SSG Syndicate)

“Unoriginal sitcom squanders bounty of A-List stars.”
Kam Williams (Sly Fox)

“The demographically friendly Valentine’s Day boldly asserts that it’s a film made for everyone, but look closely and you’ll find a center as squishy as that of a melted chocolate caramel nougat.”
Matt Brunson (Creative Loafing)

“As I started to type out the plot threads, it struck me that none of the storylines are that interesting to read. They aren’t that much fun to watch either.”
Dan Lybarger (

“You’re going to like half of the fluff, but it’s ultimately very forgettable.”
Jeff Bayer (The Scorecard Review)

“A galaxy of stars can’t make us fall for Valentine’s Day, but it sure can keep us distracted for two hours.”
Christian Toto (What Would Toto Watch?)

Despite the bad reviews it received, Valentine’s Day still managed to top US box office with an opening weekend haul of $52,410,000 beating two other debuting films, Percy Jackson and The Wolfman.

(February 12-14, 2010; Box Office Mojo)

1. Valentine’s Day – $52,410,000
2. Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief – $31,100,000
3. The Wolfman – $30,627,000
4. Avatar – $22,000,000
5. Dear John – $15,300,00
6. Tooth Fairy – $5,600,000
7. From Paris with Love – $4,740,000
8. Edge of Darkness – $4,585,000
9. Crazy Heart – $4,000,000
10. When in Rome – $3,429,000

1 Comment on ‘Valentine’s Day’ Movie – Hated by Critics, Loved by the Public

  1. let the people who reacted badly about the film make their own movie as good as VALENTINES DAY! 😛

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