The holiday-themed romcom 'Valentine's Day' is so star-studded, it's hard to keep track ofits entire cast, which includes both McDreamy and McSteamy from 'Grey's Anatomy,' Julia and Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift and Lautner, plus at least a dozen others.

The cast is interwoven in various ways by veteran director Garry Marshall ('Pretty Woman'; 'The Princess Diaries') in this sprawling ensemble movie, about a diverse group of Los Angelenos who are dealing in one way or another with the titular celebration.

For the most part, critics are not finding the film all that memorable, likening it to the celluloid equivalent of a Hallmark card, but a few appreciated the zingy one-liners and general upbeat vibe. Let's see what they had to say ... after the jump. The holiday-themed romcom 'Valentine's Day' is so star-studded, it's hard to keep track ofits entire cast, which includes both McDreamy and McSteamy from 'Grey's Anatomy,' Julia and Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift and Lautner, plus at least a dozen others.

The cast is interwoven in various ways by veteran director Garry Marshall ('Pretty Woman'; 'The Princess Diaries') in this sprawling ensemble movie, about a diverse group of Los Angelenos who are dealing in one way or another with the titular celebration.

For the most part, critics are not finding the film all that memorable, likening it to the celluloid equivalent of a Hallmark card, but a few appreciated the zingy one-liners and general upbeat vibe. Let's see what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter: "Taking its name from cupid's holiday with all the inspired creativity of a filing label, the film crisscrosses endlessly -- endlessly -- among a Whitman's sampler of cutouts passing as characters. Drawn by the starry cast and the film's built-in date-movie cachet, weekend moviegoers will send box office love notes to the New Line release. But the affair is likely to be short-lived as the reality sets in that 'Valentine's Day' is yet another Hollywood romantic comedy that's all but devoid of romance and laughs."

Variety: "A compendium of lovers found, lost and avenged on a day designed to make you feel bad if you don't have anyone, this would rate high on any list of pictures featuring the greatest number of talented actors given the least interesting things to do, as well as the most gaping differential between the beauty of many of the performers and the way they're made to look."

Roger Ebert: "That's the movie's problem. Gridlock. It needs somebody like that tough traffic warden who stands under the L at Wabash and Randolph and fiercely wags her finger at drivers who don't behave. The actors in this movie could populate six romantic comedies with reasonable plots, and a couple of sitcoms. Of course, you'd need scripts."

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Time Out New York: "The surprising thing here is how smoothly this over-iced cake goes down. You know you're getting schmaltz, but as with Britain's obvious forebear 'Love Actually' (2003), there are enough tart lines and gestures to elicit a certain admiration."

Orlando Sentinel: "A chaotic cluster of inter-connected characters court, collide and crack-up in Los Angeles in this 'Crash'-for-Chocoholics. There's no real overarching theme, with most characters reaching an obvious conclusion to their dilemma, though Marshall's cast (Katherine Fugate scripted) still lands a few one-liners."

Arizona Republic: "But, as you might guess by now, there's far too much going on in 'Valentine's Day,' and far too little of it is worth the trouble. Grace and Hathaway are charming, as are Kutcher and Garner. Everyone else is just going through the motions. They're given little to do, and they make the least of it."

Village Voice: "What thin story there is was conceived by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the pair responsible for 'He's Just Not That Into You'; where that surprisingly sober film had the benefit (and backbone) of polemic, 'Valentine's Day' has relentless, nonsensical forward motion. The characters' minor relationship hardships are cursory, and watching the actors go through the repetitive motions is exhausting."


Chicago Tribune
: "'Valentine's Day' comes with a sprint-to-the-airport-before-true-love-boards-her-flight sequence, thank God, and in sum it plays like 12 landlocked episodes of 'The Love Boat' rammed together, though without the same rate of intercourse. We are, after all, re-entering a more conservative age, a fact that the makers of this sunny, synthetic affair acknowledge in at least half of its 448 separate plotlines."

Miami Herald: "There are so many romantic-comedy cliches crammed into 'Valentine's Day' that watching it feels like surfing through the channels of an all-chick-flick cable service. Whenever you start to become bored by a particular plot strand or character, you only have to wait a minute or two until the film cuts away to something else. Here, finally, is a date movie for couples suffering from attention deficit disorder."

Associated Press: "To say that 'Valentine's Day' is overstuffed would be an understatement. Not only does it ooze stars like clowns spilling out of a clown car, but it's gauzily wrapped in roses and red-and-white cards. To his credit, director Garry Marshall juggles the many overlapping story lines successfully, though 'Valentine's Day' is obviously strained by the excess."

Based on these reviews, will you see 'Valentine's Day'?
Yes33 (58.9%)
No23 (41.1%)
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