Wednesday, June 19, 2024

DOA: Celine Dion’s “Love Again” Movie Universally Panned, Only 3 Reviews Posted, Soundtrack Album is Instant Flop


Celine Dion has so many health issues, I’m not sure how she got involved in “Love Again.” Her late husband, Renee Angelil, would never have let her get sucked into it.

But now “Love Again,” a movie in which Celine plays a slightly fictionalized version of herself, it out. And it’s dead on arrival.

Opening today from Sony — already in trouble with a dead George Foreman movie — “Love Again” has scored a very low 25% so far on Rotten Tomatoes. (Only 8 reviews have been entered. Sony has made sure few reviewers have seen it.)

The soundtrack album, which has five new Celine Dion songs plus 6 older ones, is number 225 on amazon. It hasn’t charted on iTunes, and its title track was a dud on the iTunes album chart.

The stars, aside from Celine, are Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Sam Heughan. The director, Jim Strouse, started his career with the really misguided “Grace is Gone,” and it’s been downhill ever since.

One review, from Carla Hay, on Culture Mix, reads: “The painfully unfunny, boring, and very outdated Love Again is a fake-looking romantic comedy/drama that also wants to be a CĂ©line Dion commercial. The romance looks forced and unnatural. Everything is an embarrassment for everyone who made this junk.”

Variety called it “A far fetched romance.”

You get the idea. It’s going to be a long weekend.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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