Critic Reviews

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    The film is astonishing in the amount of material it contains. It isn't thin or superficial; there is an abundance of observation and invention here.
  • 80
    Vincent Canby The New York Times
    Basically decent, intelligent and sweet. It's a fanciful romantic comedy whose wildest and craziest notion is that Los Angeles, for all of its eccentricities, is a great place to live.
  • 80
    Variety
    Goofy and sweet, L.A. Story constitutes Steve Martin's satiric valentine to his hometown and a pretty funny comedy in the bargain.
  • 80
    Hal Hinson Washington Post
    Martin's poetic elegance turns to sappy mysticism. And if the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue.
  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
    The trouble is, nothing about this couple is particularly rooted in Los Angeles. The love affair has a bland, generic feel. What's more, the picture lacks verve.
  • 60
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    There are still plenty of laughs and some inventiveness along the way...although some of the gags and contrived plot moves stumble over their own cuteness.
  • 50
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic
    Martin himself still seems to be filing in at run-throughs for the real star who couldn't make rehearsals. [11 March 1991, p.28]
  • 50
    TV Guide Magazine
    Unlike Woody Allen's New York City, which becomes a staging area for character angst and transformation, Martin's L.A. stifles the characters.
  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today
    Victoria Tennant's iciness has been well-utilized on screen occasionally, but not this time. [8 Feb 1991, p.D4]
  • 50
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    Taxes the threshold of acceptable cuteness.