I'd heard the name once before, but I knew absolutely nothing about it, prior to seeing it. I have to admit, I'm somewhat impressed.
The first 5 minutes gave me a nasty flashback about a horrible indy flick I saw a couple of years ago, and I had to fight the urge to walk out. I'm glad I didn't, though.
I went into it knowing that Juliette Binoche was staring in it (She was in The English Patient). I didn't, however, know that Johnny Depp was also in it. That was cool, though, because I like Depp. It's directed by the guy who did The Cider House Rules and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, which also starred Depp (And was one of the best performances by Leonardo DiCaprio's. . . erm, well, I guess that's actually the one decent performance he's had, actually).
Overall, I'd give it a about an 7 or 8 rating, on a scale of 1 to 10. It's definitely worth seeing. The acting and the directing are excellent. Very well done.
The weakest part, in my opinion, is the occasionally simplistic and fairly obvious story. From what I understand, after talking to someone who read the book it's based on, the weakness comes from the book. Apparently the book itself doesn't have the strongest plot in the world.
Guys, if you're wondering, yes this is something of a chick flick. However, it's among the better ones. Get a box of Godiva chocolates, get your girl, and go see the movie. It'll make her happy for Valentine's Day. ;-)