Addicted to Love (film)

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.

Addicted to Love
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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. Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1997 (1997-05-23)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$34.67 million[1]


Two pairs of lovers play out a comedy of errors, in which Maggie (Meg Ryan) and Sam (Matthew Broderick), try several unethical and nasty tricks to break apart the envied union of their respective former partners, Anton (Tchéky Karyo) and Linda (Kelly 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.



Box officeEdit

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]

The film opened at No. 2 at the North American box office making US$11.4 million in its opening weekend, behind The Lost World: Jurassic Park.[2]‹See TfM›[failed verification]

The film only managed to take $34,673,095 gross at the box office,[1] several million less than either Ryan[3] or Broderick's averages.[4]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 55% based on reviews from 33 critics.[5] On Metacritic it has a score of 49% based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B on scale of A to F.[7]

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.[8]

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

It is exceedingly difficult to find what's funny in the calculated, obsessive, relentless destruction of Anton, especially when he proves to be the most likable and mature of all four of these people. Maybe Addicted to Love might work as a pitch-dark comedy, but in the way Robert Gordon has written it and Griffin Dunne directed it, it gives us the impression that we're supposed to take drastic, irrational revenge as a larky laff riot.[citation needed]

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."[9]

In 2020, David Sims, film critic for The Atlantic called it "underrated" and "a personal favorite".[10]


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. ^ a b "Addicted to Love performance". Archived from the original on August 21, 2003.
  2. ^ "Comedy Movie Reviews | latest and classic comedies in review". Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Meg Ryan performance Archived August 25, 2003, at the Wayback Machine from
  4. ^ Matthew Broderick's performance Archived August 3, 2003, at the Wayback Machine from
  5. ^ "Addicted to Love (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Addicted to Love". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "ADDICTED TO LOVE (1997) B". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Roger Ebert (May 23, 1997). "Addicted to Love Movie Review (1997)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Johnston, Andrew (May 29, 1997). "Addicted to Love". Time Out New York.
  10. ^ Sims, David (April 10, 2020). "Unexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine". The Atlantic.

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