Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 9, 2012
    100
    This film has a voice of its own. And at a time when the romantic comedy seems to be a lost art form, that's saying something.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 1, 2012
    91
    I will say that it's been a while since a romantic comedy mustered this much charm by looking this much like life.
  3. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Aug 16, 2012
    88
    It's hard to know whether this is a function of the sympathetic screenplay or of Krieger's sympathetic direction - or both - but Celeste and Jesse are endearing even when they do unsympathetic things.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 8, 2012
    88
    I'm not surprised that Rashida Jones took the lead in writing this screenplay; the way things are going now, if an actress doesn't write a good role for herself, no one else is going to write one.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 3, 2012
    83
    It's as if we were watching one of those buddy-buddy bromances told, this time, from the perspective of the woman who is normally on the sidelines of the men's attentions and affections. It's a welcome angle.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 16, 2012
    80
    It is a tremendous performance by Jones, who co-wrote the script with her own ex-boyfriend Will McCormick, who appears as a drug-dealing friend with surprisingly grounded advice for just about anything.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    To its credit, Celeste and Jesse Forever wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 17, 2012
    75
    Unlike most rom-coms, Celeste and Jesse Forever delves into the complicated heart of relationships, exposes some painful truths and allows melancholy to co-exist alongside breezy humor.
  9. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 15, 2012
    75
    Despite flouting Hollywood clichés, it nevertheless manages to be both romantic and funny even though it starts with the separation of the main couple.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 9, 2012
    75
    Jones is first-rate (and her fellow writer McCormack is fun as the wild-eyed pot dealer, Skillz). The film has a conventional fake-documentary look, but underneath it is an honest concern about how to learn to treat people well and kindly after the end. Or to get to an ending, or a new beginning, in the first place.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 2, 2012
    75
    What really lifts Celeste and Jesse Forever above the rom-com herd, besides breakout star performances from Jones and Samberg, is the movie's willingness to replace clichés with painful truths. It's irresistible.
  12. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 1, 2012
    75
    Forever doesn't deviate terribly from the can-we-be-friends-after-sex playbook, but it rarely opts for hysterics or contrivance to push our leads along, so long as you can swallow the amicability with which they initially divorce.
  13. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 30, 2012
    75
    An honest and breezily melancholic film, thoroughly clear-sighted in its intentions and ideas and bravely committed to the emotional rigors of its central relationship.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 6, 2012
    70
    It's a highly imperfect movie - many of the gags are strained, a bit too pleased with their own finger-on-the-pulse zinginess - but it still represents a breakthrough of sorts, a way of looking at marriage that resists portraying a "failed" marriage as a failure.
  15. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    There are moments when the film is a little too precious, taking time to preen at just how clever it is.
  16. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Celeste and Jesse Forever creates a handful of likable and very human characters, so much so that halfway through you want the film to stop putting them through the emotional wringer so that you can just spend time with them.
  17. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    While Celeste and Jesse is decidedly conventional in most respects, it's pretty swell as an exploration of a relationship between a man and a woman that's no longer predicated by mutual desire.
  18. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Aug 2, 2012
    70
    It ends up being surprisingly touching, despite the fact that you start rooting for the cloyingly cute Celeste and Jesse to break up almost from the first frame.
  19. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 30, 2012
    70
    Jones is great in the part, even if this movie doesn't quite prove she should be carrying films on her own, and the actress makes her character's clumsy heartache feel like more than a plot point.
  20. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 2, 2012
    67
    The whole thing is a step above studio romantic comedies, but that's not saying much.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 16, 2012
    63
    The movie is sardonic, hip, heartfelt, surprisingly white, and for all its ensemble pleasures, it's squarely about a furiously prim young woman and how she learns to bend.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 3, 2012
    63
    It may have the faintest relationship to any kind of reality, but Jones' tart performance cuts through the saccharine.
  23. Reviewed by: Ellen E. Jones
    Nov 25, 2012
    60
    This honest, if not funny, comedy is all about Celeste. If anyone can make you sympathise with affluent LA yuppies, Rashida Jones can.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jul 31, 2012
    60
    Jones writes herself a couple of powerful scenes and plays them well, but she and director Lee Toland Krieger don't find many memorable uses for Samberg as her blandly schlubby hubby.
  25. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 23, 2012
    58
    Well-intentioned but underdeveloped and self-satisfied, it feels at times like the ultimate movie for the millennial generation, or at least its stereotype.
  26. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 9, 2012
    50
    Celeste and Jesse Forever engages in Bridget Jones-like comedy of mortification, sending its heroine down a path of self-discovery that ultimately seems more cruel than revelatory.
  27. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 1, 2012
    50
    If nothing else, the shaggy romantic comedy Celeste And Jesse Forever establishes that Parks And Recreation's Rashida Jones is a movie star.
  28. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 30, 2012
    50
    Celeste & Jesse Forever earns points for bucking formula, but its fusion of snark and sincerity has a calculated slickness that rings increasingly hollow.
  29. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 28, 2012
    42
    If you prefer hipster romantic comedies that are unromantic and not too funny, Lee Toland Krieger's movie may be your grande half-caf caramel mocha frappe.
  30. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Dec 3, 2012
    40
    A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.
  31. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 31, 2012
    40
    Celeste and Jesse Forever isn't a movie many people will outright hate, but if this is the most original romantic comedy that Hollywood can muster, forever can't come soon enough.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 2, 2012
    40
    The more these two likable people rattled on, the more I found myself thinking about the elusive distinction between characters talking genuinely smart talk and simply chattering for the camera.
  33. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 2, 2012
    40
    Jones co-wrote the uneven script with Will McCormack, and one can't help wishing she'd aimed higher. Acknowledging cineplex clichés isn't enough if you still wind up embracing, rather than subverting, them.
  34. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Jul 31, 2012
    40
    Throughout, stereotypes are trotted out so that the movie can wink that it's too smart for them.
  35. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Jul 30, 2012
    30
    This movie will not find an audience. It's got likable stars, a reliable commercial genre and a decent supporting cast, but nobody will turn out to see it, even if it was a labor of love.
  36. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Aug 24, 2012
    25
    You don't believe Celeste for a minute when she tells a new guy that she needs to be alone for awhile. You know he's coming back in short order to provide the happy ending. Here's hoping she doesn't want him to get a job, too.
  37. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Aug 2, 2012
    25
    So why are they divorcing, you ask. Who knows? Certainly not the creators of the very confused Celeste and Jesse Forever.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 26, 2014
    8
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, tuvo drama y romance."Celeste and Jesse Forever" es distinta a las otras peliculas romanticas, esta fue mas inteligente y menos predecible. Full Review »
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    8
    My expectations weren't high for this one but thanks to a great script from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack that takes the tired, same-old-same-old romcom genre and gave it some heart and authenticity, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The only real downside I had for this one was that the supporting characters don't have a large enough presence in the story but the film is touching, funny and Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones are incredible to watch and that easily makes up for any shortcomings the film has. Full Review »
  3. Lyn
    Jul 14, 2013
    6
    They're getting divorced, but this cute-as-puppies couple are still best friends. What's wrong with this picture? I would say the honest, endearing Rashida Jones, and Samberg to a lesser extent, keep this always-unrealistic concept going pretty well.But they are so believable as "pals" that you never quite buy them as passionate. Similar plots have been done amusingly ("It's Complicated") and horrendously ("The Break-Up"), with this film falling in between. Full Review »