Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
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  1. 75
    In movies with this story structure, all depends on the precise timing of the delay and the revelation, and Bounce misses. Not by a lot, but by enough.
  2. For the first time since "Chasing Amy," I realized why people like Ben Affleck.
  3. 50
    Truth is, Affleck and Paltrow flunk Chemistry 101. They aren't believable even as a fake couple.
  4. 60
    Beneath the plot's romantic turns lies a surprisingly complex examination of the personal and professional price of honesty; falsehoods, half-truths, little white lies and self-delusion spur most of the key plot developments, and Roos never resorts to platitudes to account for their effects.
  5. Watching Bounce, you look at him (Affleck) and believe how much he's got at stake, and you look at Paltrow and know why.
  6. 30
    A pallid, mediocre tale that treacles its way through well-worn channels.
  7. 30
    It's been smoothed over plenty, but this is one creaky, rigged contraption.
  8. Moments of strained mirth indicate how false and fabricated the whole enterprise really is--just a couple of well-to-do superstars doing their darnedest to prove to us that they're regular folk. And failing.
  9. The movie is well acted, deeply moving, and unlike some love stories, it doesn't feel forced or contrived.
  10. 75
    There's nothing in Bounce you haven't seen before, but the movie is surprisingly unsentimental, the Paltrow factor cannot be denied.
  11. Roos introduces the possibility that perhaps two partials add up to the whole truth, and in so doing creates a provocative love story that sticks with you long after the credits roll.
  12. Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow are so immensely appealing, and their chemistry together is so unforced, that their presence alone makes a movie worth seeing. Thankfully, Bounce has even more going for it.
  13. After a few movies in which Paltrow was in danger of becoming a caricature of herself, she's back in rare form.
  14. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Something is missing in Bounce, the muted dynamic of which calls forth a perhaps inevitably muted reaction.
  15. 50
    Doesn't really work when examined in the daylight outside the theater doors.
  16. 50
    The most depressing date movie since "Random Hearts."
  17. If I wanted a Nora Ephron cuddle-ganza, I'd rent one.
  18. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    Roos combines a sharp script with excellent performances.
  19. 50
    It's the opposite of "The Opposite of Sex," a meditation on multiple truths, and the lies that sometimes lie in between.
  20. Flies coach instead of first class, despite a charismatic cast.
  21. 42
    Isn't sexy, funny, smart or fun.
  22. It's a love story, yes, but one whose sweetness is cut by honest performances, a sharply drawn supporting cast and a fairly serious, yet never self-pitying, tone.
  23. 70
    Thrillingly unpredictable.
  24. Bounce may be far from a great film, but its pleasures are consistent enough to remind you of how few movies nowadays come anywhere close to matching it in intelligence and emotional balance.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    There's no way out of the excruciating melodrama, and the film withers in its trap.
  26. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Simultaneously contrived and genuinely felt.
  27. 50
    The unusually thoughtful dialogue and soul-searching performances make this romantic drama seem deeper than it is.
  28. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    While Bounce may mark a sophomore slump for Roos, it's hardly the worst date movie out there.
  29. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    So relentlessly vanilla that it never springs to life.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. WilfM.
    Sep 6, 2005
    A good movie, although it looses it's way a little in sentiment and becomes a little flabby towards the end. It made my girl shed a tear A good movie, although it looses it's way a little in sentiment and becomes a little flabby towards the end. It made my girl shed a tear and I was not bored. Affleck made a good job of a guy struggling with his conscious and Paltrow was great at someone who was unsure of what was the right thing to do! One worth getting out for a lazy Sunday afternoon or when you Full Review »