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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: 10
  • Fresh: 0
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 2.7/10

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

Book of Love

From beginning to end this poignant, heartfelt movie had me! The cast was wonderful. Love the way the director kept bringing Penny back in several scenes. Jessica brought this quirky, fun loving character to life. Great casting choices in Maisie, Jason, Paul, Mary, Orlando and Richard. This is a must see movie!

Down to earth story that floats away

I like how this movie encourages relationships. It was a good message for me. Good movie for the New Year.

What I don't like is the title. While I understood the connection between the journal and the journey, i really didn't understand the journal being a Book of Love. But then I'm dense that way.

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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