Box art for Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

drama, romance

Based on Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez's novel of the same name, director Mike Newell's Love in the Time of Cholera details a passionate love triangle that unfolds in turn-of-the-century South America.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Sensual epic romance isn't as magical onscreen.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this period literary adaptation isn't for kids: It moves slowly, deals with mature themes, and has lots of sex scenes and partial nudity. The sex isn't especially explicit (there's some motion and occasional thrusting, with breasts, nipples, and bottoms visible), but it's frequent and plays into the main character's yearning for his one true love. Characters discuss religion, marriage, and adultery; brief violence includes a cut throat (with blood) and a physically abusive father. Some language (one use of "f--k," plus other choice terms).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Florentino shows his love for Fermina. How does he defend his many sexual liaisons? Is that a typical expression of romantic love -- either in movies or in real life? How would you feel if someone who claimed to love you behaved that way? If you've read the book the movie is based on, you can also discuss how the two compare. Which do you like better? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: That's really missing is a sense of rapture -- a touch of magic on this course through the decades.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 16, 2007

Rotten: This romantic drama by director Mike Newell preserves the odd playfulness of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's international best seller but sacrifices its eroticism and intricate nonlinear plotting.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, November 16, 2007


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A sort of tragic love tale of sorts, a long film, but as with most Javier Bardem films, there is a great quality to them. Whilst the storyline itself was a little one-dimensional (in a simplistic sort of way) the acting was not and it was a sincere tale of true love.

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, February 16, 2010

3 stars

Interesting movie, with good acting. Has some memorable scenes. Love in the Time of Cholera is a good movie, well made, nothing more.

- emilebond007, Saturday, January 16, 2010

4 stars

Love is a very weird thing.

- ScoopOnline, Thursday, December 17, 2009