Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    Here is a rare movie that begins by telling us how it will end and is about how the hero has no idea why.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    Much like the actual summer (the season, not the character), we never wanted it to end.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Knopf
    100
    You're going to hear a lot about 500 Days of Summer over the next few months. All of the good stuff is true. Any bad stuff you hear is not.
  4. It's a feat of star acting, and it helps make (500) Days not just bitter or sweet but everything in between.
  5. 100
    Visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    90
    Something seldom seen: an original romantic comedy.
  7. 88
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
  8. 88
    This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
  10. 88
    The casting is perfect. Webb has chosen leads who are familiar but not overexposed, and who are on equal footing (neither overshadows the other).
  11. You know how people say that they don't make romantic comedies like they used to? Turns out they do. At least, director Marc Webb does -- and has -- with his clever and sweet debut, 500 Days of Summer.
  12. A movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
  13. 83
    The film does a lovely job of balancing emotional clarity, formal trickery, pop sweetness, and heartfelt narrative. It is, yes, cute, and it is, yes, quirky. And it is entirely justified, estimable and loveable in being those things.
  14. The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.
  15. A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Perfectly played, simultaneously serious and light, endlessly inventive, this is a strong contender for the most original date movie of the year. (Terrific) stuff.
  17. 80
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel charm the pants off us -- and each other! -- in this irresistible comedy.
  18. The film is, finally, a brilliant tap dance over a void: There’s no real drama when the inner life of the female lead is so shrouded, even if that’s the point.
  19. A funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love.
  20. The film has an easygoing, inquisitive spirit, heightened by Webb's visual conceits
  21. 75
    It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
  22. Deschanel does what she does seemingly without effort, managing to convey Summer's mixed-up messed-upness.
  23. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    75
    An irresistible feel-good movie about love gone bad.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's an "Annie Hall" for the iPod generation: über-designed, pleasing to the touch, making up in generic sweetness what it lacks in bite.
  25. 75
    The whole movie aspires to set an Annie Hall vibe, especially when Tom keeps trying to re-create, first with her and then with someone else.
  26. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    70
    It's more like a love story in a blender. What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
  27. 70
    Slight, charming and refreshingly candid little picture.
  28. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    It's fun both to watch and to talk about afterward, and it possesses the elusive rom-com sine qua non: two equally appealing leads who bounce wonderfully off each other.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Because the emotional drama is so one-sided, I just can't love you.
  30. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 581 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 200
  1. NilesH
    Jan 22, 2010
    10
    Loved everything about this film.
  2. JillS.
    Apr 18, 2010
    10
    Awesome movie,my favourite of all time.Better than Avatar!(In my opinion).
  3. ShaunQ
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    It's a travesty that this movie has a lower score on metacritic than District 9. You won't be disappointed by seeing it.