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The Love Letter (1999)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Peter Chan

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Plot Summary

Helen (Kate Capshaw) runs a bookstore in a small fishing community where everyone seems to know everyone else's business. A 42-year-old single mother, she is emotionally distant and fearful of getting too close to anyone. George (Tom Selleck) has known Helen since they were schoolmates, and he's been in love with her for ages, but has always settled for just being her friend. Convinced she wasn't interested in him, he married another woman years ago. Helen also has another secret admirer, Johnny (Tom Everett Scott), who isn't at all put off by the fact that Helen is twice his age. Johnny, however, is currently occupied with Jennifer (Julianne Nicholson), a fellow student who also works at the bookstore and is crazy about him. Into this tangled web of unrequited love comes an amorous letter that Helen finds in the store one day. The letter bears no signature and no address; it's at once passionate and oblique, fervent and cryptic. So who wrote it? And to whom was the writer planning to send it? Before long, the letter has made its way through this circle, and everyone has an idea (or a hope) of who their secret love is.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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33%
  • Reviews Counted: 51
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Bland dialogue and dull sitcom acting! – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: It wants to revel in rapture and grand illusions and timeless dreams, yet its vision of love is overly graphed out and willed. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Although the movie's affection for its characters is refreshing, none of them stirs our passions. – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: If only there were something sharp and pungent - besides Ellen DeGeneres' wisecracks - to keep you from drifting off. – Gene Seymour, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Loved it!

This is a great rainy afternoon chick flick-Love Ellen, Capshaw, and what's not to like about "Magnum PI"? Yeah, the critics panned it, but every now and then you need a great escape, wonderful characters, and sunny location, with the twists and turns of real life. Go ahead and get this one for your self Girlie-Girls.....You deserve it.

So Funny!!

I loved this movie it is one of my favorites!!! I love Ellen. She is my idle. I would say watch this movie!!

I luv Ellen

I absolutely luv ellen this movie looks hilarious and I also luv Rob Pattinson!!! I've always dreamt of being on Ellen and an never going to let it go!!!!! Awesome movie!!!!! And I luv u Ellen!!!

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The Love Letter (1999)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1999

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