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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 2, 2012
    67
    The whole thing is a step above studio romantic comedies, but that's not saying much.
  17. 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.
  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: 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 24, 2012
    4
    Can a man and a woman just be friends?
  2. Apr 13, 2015
    6
    This movie has a lot of things going for it, like a stunning and talented cast and the beautiful backdrop of LA, but somehow the whole thingThis movie has a lot of things going for it, like a stunning and talented cast and the beautiful backdrop of LA, but somehow the whole thing managed to fall flat. The character of Celeste herself, who dominates the film first with her upbeat acceptance of her marital separation, and then with her downward spiral when she discovers the hard way that she isn't as over things as she thinks, is compelling and interesting in her struggle. But the movie spends a lot of time acting out rom-com stereotypes but with a meta-wink so that we know they're too clever, which is wasted time and often unfunny--Elijah Wood is completely unbelievable and not at all entertaining when his character makes a conscious attempt to be the over-the-top stereotypical gay friend, and of course Rashida Jones has to give a slightly drunk maid-of-honour speech at her BFF's wedding. There's also a weird but somehow not awful interlude where the adult Rashida Jones strikes up a friendship with the young pop star (played by Emma Roberts, who brings just the right amount of attitude and melodrama to the role) Jones' workplace has recently signed, in which Jones somehow finds clarity in the comfort and company of the younger woman--definitely an unexpected plot turn, and not very believable, but Roberts' was charming enough in the role that I didn't mind. Still, the charm of the cast couldn't make up for the lack of direction in the story, which strayed into shapelessness. Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2015
    9
    Charming,Sweet and heartfelt describes this rom-com. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's script is touching and original, however the comedy iCharming,Sweet and heartfelt describes this rom-com. Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's script is touching and original, however the comedy i do not find the humor material funny. Andy Samberg's performance is somewhat good since his other comedy roles. Grade A- Full Review »