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Love Story

drama, romance

Harvard Law student/hockey jock (Oliver Barrett IV) meets Radcliffe music wonk (Jennifer Cavalleri), and the couple soon enter into a relationship.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
0 out of 5

Mega-hit of the 1970s isn't as powerful today.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the dialogue is peppered with mild expletives. Although Jennifer supports Oliver in law school, she promptly gives up her musical aspirations to be a housewife as soon as he finds a job.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how death and dying are portrayed in films. Was Jennifer's death portrayed realistically? Families who have experienced the dying and death of family member might compare that to the movie. Why do movie makers make death and dying either seem idyllic, as in this case, or gruesome, as in horror movies? Would you like to see movies that portray death realistically? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Guilty pleasure par excellence: How did this poorly-acted schmaltzy romantic melodrama ever get Best Picture Oscar nomination?

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Dated before it was made.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

I better stop watching 40-year-old movies. When I see them today, they seem disappointing compared to today's movies, and there are a few of these 1970's era movies I have down-rated from my initial rating. Very simple script. Still you should see it - it made a big impact in the early 70's.

- Redlats, Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 stars

It's exactly what it aspires to be, an extremely honest and believable romance drama. It has great dialogue and acting, the chemistry between Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw is what makes it work as well as it does. It's sort of the reason all movies like it since seem cliched, there's no better tear jerker like this. You feel for these people and automatically relate to them.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1 star

Puerile drama with one of the worst performances, by Ali MacGraw, ever recorded on film. Somehow this was an enormous hit in its day, the mind reels as to why or how.

- jjnxn, Thursday, April 15, 2010