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The Republic of Love


Deepa Mehta

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Plot Summary

Based on the novel by Carol Shields, THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE is a romantic comedy about the barriers facing the lucky and the unlucky in love in the 21st century. Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host whose unconventional upbringing has made him a little too quick to fall in love and marry. Fay is an academic whose expectations are impossibly high as a result of the living perfection that is her parents' marriage. The characters connect in a maze of malls, condos and family homes, underpinning the idea that 'geography is destiny' and that each of us has our own 'republic', where lives intersect.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A quaintly uncomplicated romance that struggles to keep up with the quality of its acting. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The charisma of the cast goes a long way to bring warmth to this story of winter love. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Way Better Than Expected

Enjoyable movie. Worth renting. Love occurs and re-occurs in all forms indeed!

I Love This Movie

I can't seem to stop watching it. I fell in love with both characters.

Had to buy it

Saw it many times online, even bought a couple of the soundtrack's songs from iTunes. The characters are wonderfully written and cast-even the peripheral ones have a complex backstory-and I am glad to finally add this love story to my library.

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The Republic of Love
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2003

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