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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sensual epic romance isn't as magical onscreen.

Movie R 2007 138 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Distasteful adaptation of classic novel

The movie features one long string of sexual encounters for the main character. Viewers may find themselves feeling prurient rather than as tasteful consumers of a film adaptation of classic literature.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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At once florid and plodding, Mike Newell's film makes the book's magical realism all too literal. While the film's slow pace and episodic structure are occasionally buoyed by Shakira's vibrant soundtrack contributions, for the most part the movie just presents one event after another -- much like how lovesick hero Florentino records his various sexual conquests in his diary. John Leguizamo's distractingly outsized turn might best be described as Snidely Whiplash-esque.

When Florentino approaches Fermina some 53 years after their first meeting, he insists, "Age has no reality except in the physical world. Spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom." Even if you believe his sentiment, the film can't translate it, losing sight of magic as it focuses on mechanics.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 15, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: March 17, 2008
  • Cast: Benjamin Bratt , Giovanna Mezzogiorno , Javier Bardem
  • Director: Mike Newell
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors, Latino actors, Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 138 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content/nudity and brief language.
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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