WHAT I LIKED: On the one hand, Richard Curtis' directorial debut 'Love Actually,' is everything you could have expected from the guy who wrote 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' but at the same time it's also thankfully a very well-directed film, and a lesson in how to deal with lots of characters at once. Indeed more than just an emotional, funny and charming Christmas adventure; this movie manages to pull off quite an impressive feat in following lots of different stories without it feeling like a group of sketches in a way that has you thoroughly invested in each thread. Now agreeably that's partly down to the captivating performances from this stellar cast, but it's also thanks to Curtis' script and direction that pack a lot of punch and emotional resonance to make for a brilliant experience that the whole family can enjoy.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's nothing more than fluffy and cosy entertainment, but it's not trying to be either.
VERDICT: It's a wonder it's so good when it's so chock-full, but this a great directorial debut for Curtis. What a beautifully charming movie.