A group of convicts slowly drag their balls and chains through a desolate landscape. One of them discovers a strange structure and decides to climb it.
Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan, charming and appealing as ever, do their best to keep this attempt at light-hearted Manhattan romance afloat. Unfortunately, the movie lacks the sparkle, sophistication and imagination that even a so-so episode of "Sex and the City" might muster. The two stars play dueling divorce lawyers who fall in and out of love with a remarkable lack of conviction. Frances Fisher, as Ms. Moore's youth-obsessed mother, is the only person in the movie with any moxie, which only serves to emphasize how timid and soft the whole affair is. — A. O. Scott
2004-04-30 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Laws of Attraction
James Van Der Beek, the star of "Dawson's Creek," breaks flamboyantly out of his milk-and-cookies image to sink his teeth into the role of a drug dealer and jaded lothario slouching across the New England campus of the fictional Camden College where the party never stops. The faithful screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's second novel plays provocatively with time (some sequences are run backward), and it does hold your attention. But the movie fails to develop fully fleshed characters, and its in-your-face portrayal of campus anomie and depravity has the hysterical tone of a spoiled adolescent thumbing his nose at his uptight parents. — Stephen Holden
2002-10-11 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of The Rules of Attraction