Chasing Amy

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    A little movie with big truths, a work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    A true movie rarity: a brutally honest romance. If you loved "Sleepless in Seattle," you'll just hate it.
  3. 89
    More emotionally complex than even I had thought possible, Chasing Amy is the sound of burgeoning genius on the fast track to maturity.
  4. 88
    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    88
    This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.
  6. 88
    While the surface of his film sparkles with sharp, ironic dialogue, deeper issues are forming, and Chasing Amy develops into a film of touching insights.
  7. The hit-and-run outlandishness of "Clerks" was a stunt. With Chasing Amy, Smith has made his first real movie.
  8. Smith's knowing humor and unruffled style make a good antidote to gender chaos. Music by David Pirner contributes to the film's loose, inviting mood.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
  10. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Wendy Wilson
    80
    Funny, profane and surprisingly painful at times.
  11. Neither PC nor crudely anti-PC, this tough and tender movie, like its characters, is prepared to take emotional risks, and the comic book milieu is deftly sketched in.
  12. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    80
    Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit. [May 5, 1997}
  13. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    75
    Smith shows the grasp of character and offbeat humor that really registered in "Clerks," and a subtler mastery of film fluidity and professionalism than anything in the cheesy, amateurish "Mallrats."
  14. An ingratiatingly sincere attempt to deal with the complications and contradictions of modern romance.
  15. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue.
  16. 70
    Smith has created the raunchiest romantic comedy in recent American film, and one of the most good-natured.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Much of the dialogue is good, and Smith does a decent job of presenting the emotional fallout from every major participant's p.o.v.
  18. 70
    The only romantic comedy in quite a while that acknowledges, even celebrates, the fact that love and sex are emotional anarchy.
  19. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Mary Brennan
    70
    Has a squawky, endearing, pugnacious angst about it, like Adams. It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.
  20. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    Its honesty and insights are refreshing.
  21. 70
    The film is about how much you're willing to give up for love--a tune that has been played many times before, but never with quite this much slacker brio.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    For all its inconsistencies, this is Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. BubbaF.
    Jan 15, 2007
    10
    WOW! One of the best movies I have ever seen. Joey Lauren Adams is phenomenal. Her talent is immensely under utilized, supposedly because of WOW! One of the best movies I have ever seen. Joey Lauren Adams is phenomenal. Her talent is immensely under utilized, supposedly because of her voice. Personally I find her voice intoxicating. Keep up the good work Smith. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2016
    10
    This movie is funny as hell and very thought provoking. The situations on this film can seem a little absurd if someone simply explains themThis movie is funny as hell and very thought provoking. The situations on this film can seem a little absurd if someone simply explains them but they are portrayed in such a way that they are extremely relatable. In general the movie comes out as a very unusual and still realistic take on themes of sex and love, with a brilliant script and real performances that work in both humour and drama. The scene on which Kevin Smith gives his speech as Silent Bob has to be one of my favourite moments in film. Full Review »
  3. Feb 20, 2016
    7
    Chasing Amy is an incredibly funny, touching, and personal, film that, with the backdrop of potty humor, crafts a brilliantly mature andChasing Amy is an incredibly funny, touching, and personal, film that, with the backdrop of potty humor, crafts a brilliantly mature and authentic relationship. Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams are both fantastic here and really capture the true essence of their characters and have great chemistry with one another. The writing and direction from Kevin Smith are both great, as is his cameo as Silent Bob with Jason Mewes as Jay. Both are hysterical here and use their brief appearance to its max potential. However, what holds this film back from being truly great is the ending. I appreciate the end result, but how it gets there is idiotic and nearly gave me a headache it was so truly dumb. This ultimately sullies the end product. Fortunately, the film is greatly entertaining and hysterical throughout so it is able to overcome this shortcoming. Overall, I really liked Chasing Amy and found it to be really, really funny. Full Review »