Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  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. 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).
  3. 88
    A different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
  4. 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.
  5. It's a feat of star acting, and it helps make (500) Days not just bitter or sweet but everything in between.
  6. Because we know almost from the get-go that things will turn out bad-to-bittersweet for them, the movie is like one long autopsy of what went wrong, starting with Day No. 488.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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.
  8. An exhaustive and exhausting dissection of a relationship that was never all that promising in the first place.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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. Deschanel does what she does seemingly without effort, managing to convey Summer's mixed-up messed-upness.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. And what makes this autopsy of a love affair funny is Tom's ironic, morose commentary as he revisits what happened.
  14. 67
    It goes down smoothly, thanks in large part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grounded lead performance and Marc Webb's slick direction, but it seems like every other scene coughs up a dispiriting cliché.
  15. The film has an easygoing, inquisitive spirit, heightened by Webb's visual conceits
  16. 70
    Slight, charming and refreshingly candid little picture.
  17. 80
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel charm the pants off us -- and each other! -- in this irresistible comedy.
  18. 100
    Visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
  20. 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.
  21. Ultimately, the best thing about (500) Days of Summer isn't its gimmicky script. It's the constant performance of Gordon-Levitt, who shifts, scene-by-scene, from moments of ebullience to abject dejection.
  22. A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
  23. 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.
  24. The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Because the emotional drama is so one-sided, I just can't love you.
  26. A movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
  27. A funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    For all its rhetorical whimsy and hipster dressings, (500) Days of Summer is a thoroughly conservative affair, as culturally and romantically status quo as any Jennifer Aniston vehicle.
  30. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Much like the actual summer (the season, not the character), we never wanted it to end.
  31. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    An irresistible feel-good movie about love gone bad.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Knopf
    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.
  33. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Perfectly played, simultaneously serious and light, endlessly inventive, this is a strong contender for the most original date movie of the year. (Terrific) stuff.
  34. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Something seldom seen: an original romantic comedy.
  35. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    It's more like a love story in a blender. What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
  36. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 630 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 208
  1. NilesH
    Jan 22, 2010
    Loved everything about this film.
  2. JillS.
    Apr 18, 2010
    Awesome movie,my favourite of all time.Better than Avatar!(In my opinion).
  3. ShaunQ
    Jan 30, 2010
    It's a travesty that this movie has a lower score on metacritic than District 9. You won't be disappointed by seeing it.