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6/10
Mindless fun, a romance of bickering journalists
roghache12 March 2006
Well, I wouldn't exactly describe this as a timeless classic, a thought provoking movie, or one of the legendary love stories of the silver screen. Still, it's a fun romance and an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.

The tale revolves around two rival Chicago reporters, one relatively novice, Sabrina Peterson, the other the more seasoned, well known Peter Brackett, who are both hot on the trail of a train derailment story. Of course competition between them is intense (and so at times is the chemistry) as the two exchange false leads, fibs, barbs, and witty repartee. Lots of predictable action, chases, and mystery as to the identity of the bad guys.

The lovely, always endearing Julia Roberts plays the journalistic sharp cookie, Sabrina, with Nick Nolte convincing in the role of her rival, Brackett. At least the pair are not hopping into bed within the first half hour (in refreshing contrast to most modern films), leaving a little time for storytelling and character development.

This is definitely describable as a "flick" (for guys or chicks); its spirit is in keeping with its title. Personally, I'm a great Julia Roberts fan. This isn't her best picture but, nevertheless, it's quite watchable.
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5/10
Formulaic, but fun
NxNWRocks16 August 2004
That this film fails on so many levels and still remains watchable, if not actually enjoyable, must be a credit to someone involved in the production; it's just not immediately clear who.

There are three main problems with the movie. One, the attempt to graft the noirish elements onto a hi-tech industrial-intrigue plot, which results in an uncomfortable mix of pulp culture from two generations: the hardboiled detectives of the '40s thrust into the realm of today's potboiler mystery bestsellers. Whereas the earlier style was streamlined, and relatively simple and focused, today's genre authors seemingly compete for who can make the most convoluted plot with sidetracks, red herrings and subplots galore. This contrast leaves the film trying to go in two directions at once.

Two, the relationship between the leads is never quite satisfactory. Roberts and Nolte are just not cut out for their cut-out roles, and while they try gamely, it's tough to buy them as reporters who bicker, and almost impossible to imagine them falling in love, even though its obvious from the first reel that this is where the story will take them. Three, the film is far too long, and it becomes a chore to maintain attention and interest in what happens.

On the plus side, there are some redeeming features. The plot plays its cards close enough to its chest that some elements of the ending come as an untelegraphed surprise. The comic touches are successful enough, especially in the bickering between the two as they try to out-do each other in getting the scoop for their respective newspaper. The camera work and editing employ some tricks to freshen up some scenes and the cuts between them. The only problem here is that once the same trick is employed more than once or twice it becomes a little tiresome.

We're left with a very standard piece of work, but one that works just hard enough to keep it relatively entertaining but not quite memorable, even for Nolte and Roberts fans.
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5/10
average "formula' movie, not really bad or unwatchable just unremarkable.
triple814 November 2003
Warning: Spoilers
I love trouble isn't awful or outstanding, it's simply a by the numbers, at times pleasant movie that is extremely predictable but isn't a bad choice, particularly if your a Roberts or Nolte fan.

I love trouble doesn't stick out in my mind at all as either great or awful and I suppose I enjoyed it, moderately. It's not a must see but is worth seeing on a rainy day as there is absolutely nothing about it that's dreadful.

This part mystery part romance relies on Nolte and Roberts to carry it and if they had been exceptional together the by the numbers and predictable factor may not have mattered. But unfortunately, Roberts and Nolte certainly don't have much chemistry and they've both been better with other leads playing opposite. There are some fun moments in this and as mentioned, it's not really bad or dull as much as utterly predictable in every way, but it's not a movie where the chemistry of the two leads or the storyline will stick in one's mind after.

There's nothing wrong with predictable sometimes but as predictable movies go I have seen much much better.This is probably about average or so.
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2/10
The attempt is there...but the results aren't even mixed
moonspinner5530 June 2001
Handsomely-produced 1940s throwback has two modern-day reporters for rival Chicago newspapers both covering a train-wreck, eventually teaming up to get all the shady details. Casting Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in the leads might've been a gamble that paid off, but the ruff-n-bitchy chemistry they try to create doesn't click, mainly because the lines in the script are so stale. The picture looks expensive, and the plot isn't a con (I suppose it is fully thought out), but who even wants to see Julia Roberts in a Tracy-Hepburn knock-off like this? And who wants to see her kissing Nick Nolte? The whole concept is, well, Troubled. *1/2 from ****
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6/10
Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts together in the same movie
Atreyu_II15 March 2008
"I Love Trouble" is an okay romantic comedy with some charm in certain points. But that's all.

As a movie, it is generally watchable (at least during its first half). However, in the second half the movie seems to become way more slow, lame, goofy and with a notorious lack of interest and entertainment. Only the «crazy speed at the rain in the car» scene, the forced wedding scene and the thrilling ending (with some good action) are the good things about the second half. Other than that, not really. Why? Because before the thrilling ending, that sequence starts by taking too long to finally win some "life". Besides, there is a scene in a bar with dancing or country music, which is one of the most boring things for me in a movie. Not to mention that I don't see what's the point of both Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson keeping out-scooping each other.

Nevertheless, until the first hour the movie is okay and contains some good humor. Besides, Nick Nolte is great as Peter Brackett and Julia Roberts is not bad as Sabrina Peterson.

Overall, not a great movie, but certainly not as bad as they make it sound.
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10/10
I Love Trouble Great Flick like the ones Hollywood used to produce!
Gloryous20 February 2006
I loved this movie. It reminded me of an old Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in a detective novel. It just clicked so well as I watched it. Two unlikely people not interested in either one, meeting up, and sparks fly, but so does the love interest after awhile. It was exciting, it had all the earmarks of a 1940's film. I could see even Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel in the parts. It was that good! Something that gives you the flavor of the movies of the past, and also some of the new blended into a film that just makes you want to put your feet up get the popcorn and settle in and really be entertained. Don't miss this movie. Julia Roberts who is always at her best, makes comedy look so easy, and Nick Nolte plays the cad to a "T".

Great Flick. I can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it. Well done!
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6/10
One-Time Watch!
namashi_129 April 2011
'I Love Trouble' is a fairly entertaining film, that offers some interesting moments in the goings-on. What really stands tall in this film, are the performances by it's popular cast.

'I Love Trouble' tells the story of how 2 Competing journalists at rival papers fall in love, while exposing a government-involved scandal.

Written by the husband-and-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, The writing in the first-hour is convincing & moves easily. But, in the second hour it falters and dips for quite some time, but the culmination is nicely done. Charles Shyer's direction is fair. Cinematography & Editing are functional. The Action Sequences are interesting.

Performance-Wise: Nick Nolte is terrific, as always. Julia Roberts is equally superb too. In the supporting cast, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Loggia & Saul Rubinek are noticeable.

On the whole, A One-Time Watch!
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8/10
Competing reporters battle and compromise to find the secret behind a tragic train crash.
jwruffin-6443819 June 2016
Though a seasoned reporter appears to have charmed many ladies on his way to notoriety, he meets his match in a pretty but wise female reporter seeking to get the answer to the mystery behind a train wreck. Villains pursue each reporter as they try to outfox each other and then team up to get to the truth behind the wreck -- a murder that is cloaked by the wreck's apparent cause.

Pure fun and naughty enough to enjoy. Julia and Nick made what could have been an okay mystery-comedy into total enjoyment. What great chemistry, even though the connections between villains and the plot could have been a bit easier to follow.

If you like either of these two, you 'll love them both as their affection grows with the urgency to uncover clues, solve the murder, and bring them together finally.
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8/10
A pretty humorous political thriller!
OllieSuave-00726 November 2015
This is another government thriller which has some captivating moments that would engage a large audience. It stars Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts as rival Chicago newspaper reporters Peter Brackett and Sabrina Peterson assigned to cover the same story involving a deliberately derailed train. They soon find themselves embroiled in a corrupt cover-up plot involving scientists and government officials.

The movie starts off a little slow when we are introduced to the reporters, who take a while to grow on you, especially Nolte's character. His somewhat crack-up personality give you a little shallow personification of him, but his character does develop more as the plot progresses on. The back and forth between Nolte and Roberts in trying to get clues and the scoop of the story first was pretty humorous, especially when Nolte literally sends Roberts on a wild-goose chase when he gives her a false tip.

The suspense builds when unknown assassins start pursuing the reporters, sending them on a chase around the state (wished Nolte and Roberts would at least show a little more scared emotion since there are people who want them eliminated). It all leads to a surprising and unpredictable climax as all the pieces of the puzzle are put together.

The corruption portion of the plot was suspenseful overall, but the subplot between Nolte and Roberts relationship was a tad awkward at times.

Grade B
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8/10
enjoyable 1940s throwback
pmcguireumc12 August 2008
OK, once you get past the age difference of nolte and roberts, the film is enjoyable. I would have rather seen someone a little younger in Nolte's role, but other than that, i found the film enjoyable and well written. Where the film struggles however is editing. I actually think the film is about 20 minutes too long. There are a lot of traveling too and fro scenes that could have been edited out.

Where the film succeeds is the acting quality. As I said above, the age difference in the leads is distracting, the chemistry in the actors is very likable (including a nice set of guest spots in the beginning, including Robert Loggia). Many of the montages used to illustrate the developing rivalry are well done and the clues in the film are very intelligent.

Ultimately though, the best part of the movie is the fact that it is clean. A nice tribute to the tracy/hepburn days.
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6/10
Nolte/Roberts starpower make this...
dwpollar8 February 2002
1st watched 2/8/2002 - 6 out of 10 (Dir-Charles Shyer): Nolte/Roberts starpower make this rather convuluted, unbelievable story watchable. A very simple title for a very over-the-top complex story that starts with two rival reporters covering a train de-railment in Chicago and ends with having something to do with a chemical that helps cows produce milk at an early age. As silly as the story plot is, we follow Nolte as a well-known name for the Chicago Chronicle, and Roberts as a newcomer for the Chicago Globe with both of them having one thing on their minds - their egos!! The movie starts out slow but once the two heroes start acting like they're actually trying to work together, things heat up. The exchanges between the two are comical and classic at times. Roberts seems to always to be matched up with some of the best male actors in Hollywood and she usually comes out holding her own, this is no exception and the movie, it's ok too.
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Had potential but has big failings in the script, atmosphere and in the two stars
bob the moo7 March 2004
When a train crash happens, veteran newspaperman Peter Brackett is sent from the Tribune to cover the story despite him being a columnist. At the scene of the crash he meets the beautiful young reporter Sabrina Peterson who he tries to hit on without much success, before dismissing her as an inexperienced youth. The next morning she scoops him in the Globe, getting an angle on the story that he didn't have. This sparks a rivalry between the two journalists but, as they find out more about the story they find themselves in mortal danger and are forced to form an uneasy partnership.

In case you are film-illiterate, this film has even called a character `Thin Man' to help you realise what it is clearly aspiring to be. The fast talking, battling characters aspire to be like those in the Thin Man series. However the main problem here is that this film has none of the wit, spark or fun of that series at it's best; instead it is all a bit lifeless and flat. The plot is good but it doesn't decide to be a mystery thriller until very late in the game; the final set piece is good but, because the film had been aiming for `playful' up till that point, it just doesn't work out well and it can't just suddenly create tension out of nowhere.

The rest of the film tries to be light and witty but it doesn't manage it either. A major fault in this regard is with the script; it doesn't have any really good lines or sequences. As much as I accept that Woody Allen is not everyone's cup of tea, he would have been the perfect part of a writing team here - witty dialogue in The Thin Man style is really his thing. The other problem is with the cast. Nolte and Roberts may both be big names, but they sadly have ZERO chemistry and this is a big problem. The two have no lines and their lack of spark just makes it worse, to compare this with the Thin Man series does that a great disservice. The support cast fares a bit better and contains quite a few famous faces such as Rubinek, Rebhorn, Loggia, Dukakis, Levy, Martin Smith and Gleason. They all do OK but they can't help the failings in the script, atmosphere and in the two stars.

Overall this is just about watchable but it's hard to ignore what it clearly intended to be. It is pretty much a big failure as it fails to amuse, excite or entertain on anywhere near the level that it was aiming for.
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2/10
Bury the leads and below the fold
jjnxn-110 May 2013
Bland and unimaginative but many films are that what really drags this down is not the lack of chemistry between the leads but the transparent loathing they have for each other. The production of this was notoriously contentious between Roberts and Nolte and their utter abhorrence is something that seeps out of every frame of the movie. Sometimes that can fuel a set and make the picture better, as it did on I Married a Witch where Veronica Lake and Fredric March's mutual animosity somehow translated into a kinetic on screen chemistry, such is not the case here however it just makes an already weak picture that much worse. A good supporting cast and decent production values aren't enough to save this turkey. It stinks!
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6/10
Predictable oldies imitation but OK to watch
Angeneer18 June 2000
Here in Greece this film was distributed under the title "Front Page Love", so I was not that horrified from the title as the first reviewer (although this annihilation of the original title is a painful story here, causing major trouble especially when you're looking for a rental at a video store and their database has only the Greek title). As a movie it is an effort to imitate old cop movies full of exchange of witty lines and intellectual face-off. The scenario and the directing is not bad, but something about the two leads spoils it. They just don't have it for such roles. Apart from that, it's a pretty enjoyable action flick.
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7/10
Dueling reporters uncover high level criminals
helpless_dancer30 April 2002
Good comedy/drama about a pair of hyper-competitive news reporters who are after facts on the same story. While investigating they form an alliance to mutually solve the mystery but come under the deadly gaze of high tech thugs. Cute and amusing although unoriginal.
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7/10
Double Trouble!
PredragReviews13 May 2016
This movie is a fun mystery with all the elements I enjoy - one of my favorites in a long list of good movies. The chemistry between the main characters is very good. I like that I knew the two would get together, and throughly enjoyed that their getting together was so entertaining. He said she said, was tasteless and full of junk John Hughes' style, and this one is way better than that one, even if Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins are two good actors, and it had one scene that is a memory in itself...

The main reason I like it, though, is that the idea of news reporters actually digging into a story because there is something being hidden is a nice thought. I rarely see a news story these days that I feel like they have even made any effort. They sure don't follow up with anything locally so this movie is a nice difference. I realize there were complaints by some that there was too much going on and that the story didn't follow one thing, but that's kind of the way that movies go. There was the main story being chased by two reporters that were rivals and had an obvious attraction. The "love story" is kind of behind the scenes which is better in my opinion because it is really more of an action suspense movie anyway. The humor is OK but not horrible. It is a 90's movie so you can't expect it to be as good as one from nowadays!

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.
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8/10
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Tss507825 December 2011
I've seen I Love Trouble several times and it never gets old. It is from the early 90s but is a story that is still entertaining today. Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts play competing reporters at different newspapers in Chicago. When a major story breaks, they both compete to scoop each other, but ultimately decide to team up when it becomes clear that their lives are endangered. Julia Roberts shines in one of her first leading roles, showing us what got her to be known as America's sweetheart. Nick Nolte is also fantastic. He is a very good actor who doesn't get many good roles anymore, because of his past. It's good to see him playing a likable character instead of making a cameo as a psychotic drunk. I Love Trouble, and I love this movie. It's a great story with an excellent cast and thoroughly entertaining.
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7/10
Opposites Attract
gcats-12 January 2008
This is a wonderfully entertaining love story, spiced up with adventure and intrigue. Nick Nolte plays the rough, tough male chauvinist while Julia Roberts charms us with her usual warm and attractive personality. The two are competing newspaper reporters who while chasing after the same headline story stumble upon a government and corporate conspiracy to conceal the truth about genetically enhanced milk producing cows. The director has beautifully combined the excitement of uncovering the conspiracy with the excitement of Nolte and Roberts falling in love. The interaction and chemistry between Nolte and Roberts is acted out superbly, never too much, never too little just enough to keep you excited with them to the very end.
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7/10
It's all in the name
JerBear-223 October 1998
I think this is a perfect example of how important the title of a movie is to its box office success. This film sounded so dumb I really don't know how I ended up watching it. Maybe I thought it was a Nick and Nora Charles reprise. It was actually kinda fun, though. Which is really saying something because I'd normally rather have a root canal than sit through one of Julia Roberts' robotic performances.
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Funny and cute!
Larkin-222 August 1999
I really enjoyed this film!

I really had fun watching this movie. It was not only funny, but it also had a little bit of suspense in some parts. Julia Roberts is terrific as usual, and Nick Nolte is actually pretty good in this.

This is fun for the whole family!

Enjoy it!!
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5/10
Ridiculous, but charming loveydovey stuff between Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts. Only suited for those who wont take anything seriously and want to see a charming action romcom
imseeg27 April 2019
The truly ridiculous plot turns after half an hour into the movie are what made me give it 5 stars. The funny budding romance between Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts is quite charming to watch though, but the realism of this movie is all over the place, which irritated me quite a bit.

The story starts out interesting and enjoyable as well though, portraying 2 competing reporters who both want to be the best at their work. But unfortunately after half an hour or so, one after the other truly ridiculous plot turns start occuring. Only kids wouldnt mind about those plotholes. Perhaps suited as well for adults who are into silly romantic comedies, because the romance part is quite funny and charming.
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I Love Trouble-This Trouble Hasn't Been So Good ***1/2
edwagreen15 February 2010
Warning: Spoilers
Had this film been made in the 1930s, William Powell and Myrna Loy certainly would have had the parts of Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts.

The film is fast paced and provides plenty of interest as 2 competing reporters vie for a major news story regarding the derailment of a rear car of a passenger train, resulting in the deaths of 5 people.

Nolte and Roberts soon discover that there is much more to this accident than anyone can believe. When they make their discovery, they are pursued by the culprits. In a very hilarious scene, the chased into a Vegas wedding chapel and wed in a quick ceremony with Nolte wearing a skull cap.

Olympia Dukakis, Marsha Mason and Robert Loggia are wasted in this film. They briefly appear and don't have exciting parts at all.
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A good romantic comedy mystery movie.
cmyklefty25 March 2004
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte play two newspaper reporters, who are competing for news breaking stories from two different newspapers. I admire the way they act with each other through the plot of the movie. It would be interesting if Roberts and Nolte do a film together again. They are a good movie team for a film. It almost reminds of the old movies with Tracy and Hepburn, the they used to act during the 1940's and 1950's. The film is reminisce to time when movies had class on the screen. I like this movie to watch because it for your troubles and put them on hold for a while. It is not mind bending triller, but the film is enough to entertain you. Enjoy yourself to watch this film and ease your mind.
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You'll love the other movies like it better
Junyamince14 June 2003
Dramatic comedy about two rivaling newspaper people, i should say, racing, and battling, each other for the story of their lives. I've seen this kind of thing a million times in the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's and chalk this one up to be nothing more than a revisionist work of one or more of those. However, it is cute and fun to go through a rather entangled--though not too much--story with Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts who have excellent chemistry and seem perfect for their roles. But again, its nothing you haven't seen before, and the characters themselves seem reworked blueprints from old stories like "His Girl Friday" which Roberts may or may not have referenced even, telling Nolte, in the movies defense, she wasn't "his girl friday." Good but not great,see it if you have time. C-
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