Love Rosie – A Heartfelt Romantic Comedy (2014)

by Samy
Published: Last Updated on 6 minutes read

Love Rosie (Love, Rosie), directed by Christian Ditter, is a romantic comedy that unfolds over the years, exploring the complexities of friendship and love. With Lily Collins (as Rosie) and Sam Claflin (as Alex) in lead roles, the film promises a heartwarming journey of missed connections and enduring bonds.

The story revolves around Rosie and Alex, childhood best friends separated by unexpected circumstances. As they navigate the challenges of adulthood, their lives take different paths, yet fate continually intervenes, keeping them connected in ways both humorous and poignant.

Love Rosie, a romantic comedy movie review

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Characters and Performance

Lily Collins as Rosie and Sam Claflin as Alex deliver endearing performances, capturing the essence of characters who grow alongside the audience. The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable, and their portrayal of the enduring friendship adds depth to the narrative.
Rosie and Alex are just adorable together as they’re best friends and do everything together from early on as children. Life separates them as they get older, and both have challenges. But they constantly seem to be able to meet up at the most unsuitable time.
Both of them grow through the movie and go from teen to adulthood.

Themes and Atmosphere

Love Rosie weaves a tapestry of themes, including friendship, love, and the unpredictability of life. The film balances humor and heart, creating a charming and emotionally resonant atmosphere. It explores the bittersweet reality of missed opportunities and the enduring power of genuine connection.


The film employs a warm, inviting visual style that complements its romantic themes. Christian Ditter’s direction guides the audience through the years seamlessly, capturing the essence of each stage in Rosie and Alex’s lives. The cinematography enhances the storytelling, making for an engaging viewing experience.


  • Authentic Chemistry: Lily Collins and Sam Claflin’s on-screen chemistry elevates the film, making the evolving dynamics between Rosie and Alex believable and compelling.
  • Humor and Heart: The movie balances humor and heartfelt moments, creating an emotional resonance beyond the screen.
  • Character Growth: The characters undergo genuine growth, and the narrative skillfully navigates the complexities of their evolving relationship.


  • Predictable Moments: While the film charms with its sincerity, some plot developments may feel predictable to seasoned viewers of romantic comedies.
  • Pacing Issues: At times, the pacing could be tighter, as the narrative spans several years, occasionally resulting in rushed transitions between significant events.


Love Rosie succeeds in delivering a touching portrayal of friendship and love. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin’s performances and the film’s genuine emotional depth make it a standout romantic comedy that resonates long after the credits roll.


This film is recommended for fans of heartwarming romantic comedies who appreciate genuine performances and the exploration of enduring connections. Love, Rosie is a delightful journey that embraces the joys and challenges of love and friendship. It’s a teenage movie about two people who have to figure life out, and it is just as relatable. Would I recommend it to a friend? I don’t know anyone who likes the rom-com genre as much as I do, but technically, I would.


8 out of 10

It’s a great movie to watch occasionally because I like the cast as it is.

Final Thoughts

Love Rosie is a delightful romantic comedy that captures the essence of enduring connections. Despite some predictability, the film’s genuine warmth, humor, and authentic performances make it a standout in the genre, leaving audiences with a lasting sense of joy and nostalgia.
It shows that people can make it work even after everything happens and life gets in the way, as it often does.

At some point, yes, it is predictable, which can be a no-go for some people and watchers of

As I have not read the original book yet, I can’t tell how accurate the movie is to the book. I’ve always only known the film and liked it very much from the start.
However, I think some details may be missing in the movie but explained better in the book.

Have you watched Love, Rosie? If so, what do you think? If not, is it on your watchlist?

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer December 17, 2023 - 10:17 pm

This looks good. Is it streaming somewhere? I will have to look 🙂

Samy December 18, 2023 - 10:29 am

I’m not sure as of right now, and it might depend on your country or the VPN you use 🤔
But I think it’s a good watch!


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