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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  1. 89
    More emotionally complex than even I had thought possible, Chasing Amy is the sound of burgeoning genius on the fast track to maturity.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 88
    This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.
  6. The filmmaking technique of writer-director Kevin Smith has matured since the raunchy "Clerks," his popular debut movie; but although his dialogue is often witty, he still relies on blunt sexual humor to get his point across.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    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.
  8. The hit-and-run outlandishness of "Clerks" was a stunt. With Chasing Amy, Smith has made his first real movie.
  9. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    Its honesty and insights are refreshing.
  12. 70
    Smith has created the raunchiest romantic comedy in recent American film, and one of the most good-natured.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Alex Demyanenko
    50
    Until he (Smith) learns the difference between what has meaning and what's meandering, what feels real and what feels contrived, he'd be better off sticking to the funny stuff.
  15. An ingratiatingly sincere attempt to deal with the complications and contradictions of modern romance.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
  17. 88
    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.
  18. 70
    The only romantic comedy in quite a while that acknowledges, even celebrates, the fact that love and sex are emotional anarchy.
  19. Lacks insight and finesse, and feels like a boldfaced Rorschach for Smith's own hang-ups.
  20. The intention is there, but the needed emotional maturity isn't.
  21. Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit. [May 5, 1997}
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    A true movie rarity: a brutally honest romance. If you loved "Sleepless in Seattle," you'll just hate it.
  24. Reviewed by: Wendy Wilson
    80
    Funny, profane and surprisingly painful at times.
  25. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    A romantic comedy distinguished by the particular roadblocks writer/director Kevin Smith throws up in front of his characters.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    For all its inconsistencies, this is Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget.
  27. 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.
  28. Reviewed by: Eric Brace
    0
    Can a script exploring some truly deep questions about human sexuality and emotions be any shoddier and wooden?
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. Apr 23, 2015
    8
    Chasing Amy is far more romantic than Kevin Smith's other films. It still has the humour that his other movies have but the movie is more aChasing Amy is far more romantic than Kevin Smith's other films. It still has the humour that his other movies have but the movie is more a love story than anything else. I love the cast, this is one of my favorite Ben Affleck movies, this came out just before Good Will Hunting made him a star. Jason Lee is also great as he has always been one of my favorite comedy actors but really its Joey Lauren Adams who delivers what could be the best performance of her career. Chasing Amy is excellent writing and directing by Kevin Smith on display once again. It deals with lots of dialogue about sexual stereotypes and its a film that deals with one of the most weird but possible dilemmas in finding that special someone. The film is just as fresh now as ever. Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2013
    8
    I really liked this movie as it really did try to be something different (at least at the time it came out.)

    The acting is average. the
    I really liked this movie as it really did try to be something different (at least at the time it came out.)

    The acting is average. the tone is a bit bland and pacing is really slow.

    But, problems aside, like most of Smith's movie, this movie had really thought provoking writing. This movie really did make me look at the concept of homosexuality in a completely different light. Of course allot of the information is nothing new for many but for me it changed my perspective.

    Overall:
    It isn't the best movie in the world, but it did make a lasting impression and for that I score it higher than it deserves.
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