Addicted to Love (film)

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Addicted to Love
Addicted to love poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGriffin Dunne
Produced byJeffrey Silver
Robert Newmyer
Written byRobert Gordon
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Edited byElizabeth Kling
Miramax Films
Outlaw Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
May 23, 1997
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$34.67 million

Addicted to Love is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Tchéky Karyo, and Kelly Preston. Its title is based on Robert Palmer's song "Addicted to Love", a cover of which by Neneh Cherry is featured in the film.


Two pairs of lovers play out a comedy of errors, in which Maggie (Ryan) and Sam (Broderick), try several unethical and nasty tricks to break apart the envied union of their respective former partners, Anton (Karyo) and Linda (Preston) including identity theft, assault, and destroying Anton's restaurant.

Obsessive astronomer Sam is devastated when the love of his life, Linda, cheats on him and leaves him for a suave Frenchman named Anton. He therefore goes to New York to stalk her and sets up house (and a camera obscura) in the abandoned building opposite Linda's, intent on winning her back and waiting until she decides to leave her current lover. What Sam does not count on is being joined several weeks later by Maggie, a photographer and motorcyclist, who is determined to get revenge on Anton, her ex-fiance. Mutually hostile at first, the two of them eventually join forces in an attempt to separate the couple and ruin Anton's life. However, complications ensue when Sam and Maggie start falling for each other.


Critical reviews[edit]

The film received mixed reviews. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert panned it as immature, implausible and imbecilic, but still gave it two stars out of a possible four.[1]

He did not go as far as the Los Angeles Times' Kevin Thomas, who called it creepy and said:

Time Out New York film critic Andrew Johnston (critic) wrote: "Some say that movies named after hit songs always suck. In its own unspectacular way, Addicted to Love proves them wrong. Griffin Dunne's directorial debut is no artistic triumph, certainly, but it is a reasonably entertaining big-screen sitcom."[2]

Addicted to Love currently holds a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews.


The film only managed to take $34,673,095 gross at the box office,[3] several million less than either Ryan[4] or Broderick's averages.[5]


The film, marking actor Griffin Dunne's directorial debut, was released on May 23, one week before the highly competitive Memorial Day weekend in the United States.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $11.4 million USD in its opening weekend, behind The Lost World: Jurassic Park.[6]


While the majority of the filming took place where it was set, in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, some shooting was done in Centreville, Delaware and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ "Addicted to Love Movie Review (1997)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  2. ^ Johnston, Andrew (May 29, 1997). "Addicted to Love". Time Out New York.
  3. ^ Addicted to Love performance Archived 2003-08-21 at the Wayback Machine from
  4. ^ Meg Ryan performance Archived 2003-08-25 at the Wayback Machine from
  5. ^ Matthew Broderick's performance Archived 2003-08-03 at the Wayback Machine from
  6. ^ "Comedy Movie Reviews | latest and classic comedies in reveiw". Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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