It was an okay movie but the music is a masterpiece that makes everything 100 times better! Francis Lai's famous "Love Story Theme" is a piece of music that will never stop being amazing! it's immortal!
I am surprised by how many negative reviews there are. This came out at a time when Oscar winners were Patton, French Connection, Godfather 1 & 2, and The Sting. These romantic movies just weren't receiving accolades. I thought Ali MacGraw was amazing as Jenny. She was so sassy yet the ultimate romantic trying to repair the Oliver III & IV's relationship. Interesting the way The Love Story theme changes during the film. Initially it is all piano played in an upbeat fashion but as the mood of the movie changes when her health becomes an issue it changes to melancholy string instruments. Finally as she passes away it shifts into full orchestra and Academy Award history. The director chooses several circular looping shots that were unique. At their wedding, her recital, and several other places the camera pans at least one full revolution to make you feel part of their life. Lastly let's not forget the #13 best movie quote on the AFI list - "Love means never having to say you're sorry". No one really believes that so just enjoy it for what it meant in this movie in 1970.
"Love means never having to say you're sorry."