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The filmmakers go to obvious pains to add a bit of nutritive value to their sweet, frothy confection.
Whether you regard Stella's getting her groove back as a feminist battle cry or as a silly wish-fulfillment fantasy, the movie delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places.
For once, with How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Hollywood offers a love story that concentrates on the simple nuances of the romance rather than smothering us in an overly- melodramatic narrative featuring old boyfriends, jealousy, and hard-to-swallow misunderstandings.
Chicago Sun-Times
How Stella Got Her Groove Back tries its best to turn a paperback romance into a relationship worth making a movie about, but fails.
This lushly produced, lightweight romance embraces every cliche of the genre without so much as an ironic shrug.
I'm not denying that a 40-year- old woman might be self-conscious about going around with someone this young. But the subject isn't interesting or provocative enough to sustain an entire movie.
Christian Science Monitor
Bassett and Diggs are appealing as the slightly odd couple, but the movie rambles on too long.
It's a fun movie - full of laughs and touching moments.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone.
Entertainment Weekly
Bassett's natural dramatic fierceness, so powerful when incited to action, is at odds with the knee-weakening sexual surrender required by the story.
Director Sullivan lingers too long in every photogenic location and drags out every incident as if he's making six episodes of a not very sparkling serial.

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