Steve Daly
January 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Everyone Says I Love You

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/03/97
performer
Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Natasha Lyonne, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Tim Roth, Alan Alda, Billy Crudup, Lukas Haas, Gaby Hoffmann, Natalie Portman
director
Woody Allen
distributor
Miramax
author
Woody Allen
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a D+

This keepsake of Woody Allen’s musical Everyone Says I Love You might sound better in the shower. It’s full of non-singing actors awkwardly bursting into peppy tunes from old musicals. That cringe factor, of course, was the idea: Allen felt that untrained pipes would sound more expressive. But once you get an earful of Julia Roberts wobbling her way through ”All My Life,” or Allen mewing ”I’m Thru With Love,” the experiment seems ludicrous. It’s all bathed in pleasant, string-heavy arrangements, but these vintage ditties mostly slip down the drain.

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