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The Book of Love

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Bill Purple

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About the Movie

In order to fulfill a promise he made to his late wife, Henry, an introverted widower, pursues an unlikely friendship with Millie, an independent but troubled teenage girl. Millie asks Henry to use his talent as an architect to help her with a mysterious goal: to build a raft that she can use to sail across the ocean and find her long lost father. Despite pressure from people in Henry’s professional and personal life to move on and reengage with his old way of living, Henry agrees to help her.  To aid them, Henry enlists the help of two of his company’s construction workers to help build the raft.  As the bond between them grows, Henry and Millie discover that their friendship is the key to overcoming their losses.  Together, this quirky and unexpected family embarks on an incredible adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 1
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 3.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Cloyingly sentimental and annoyingly whimsical, director Bill Purple's The Book of Love is one of those movies that all-too-neatly tries to turn grief into personal growth at the audience's expense. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jan 13, 2017

Rotten: Not even a Justin Timberlake score can lift this sodden collection of forced emotions and overripe indie cliches. – Nick Schager, Variety, Apr 17, 2016

Rotten: Fo a film thats trying very hard to make you feel, it sure leaves you cold. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Jan 13, 2017

Rotten: Filled with contrivances, false emotions and even flimsier accents, it strains mightily to tug at our heartstrings while also enticing us with whimsy, and fails on both fronts. – Christy Lemire,, Jan 13, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Great cast and interesting story

I enjoyed this movie. It was a very powerful story that was more fun than I expected. The acting is great and the music by Justin Timberlake is really good. I laughed and cried and it made me think--what more can you ask for? Highly recommend.

Loved it - why the bad reviews?

Apparently I didn't get the memo that this wasn't a good one - I really loved it! Thought Maisie was exceptional and seemed to be the glue that brought it all together. Some of it seemed a bit rushed but not really to the detriment of the story - still 100% worth watching!

Don't waste your time

I'm surprised they bothered to make this movie; they should have spent the money on a script re-write / better direction / or given the money away to charity! What started out with promise, quickly desolved to a ridiculousness (I thought, "well, they've made a campy movie, they don't expect anyone to take this seriously") and then it completely went over the cliff with the lamest movie I've seen in a while.

The Book of Love
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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