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  • Summary: Lifelong best friends Holden (Affleck) and Banky (Lee) are enjoying success as the creators of the cult hit comic book "Bluntman and Chronic." When they meet fellow comic book artist Alyssa (Adams), Holden's desire for the beautiful charmer is immediate. Alyssa, however, has set her romantic sights elsewhere. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  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. 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.
  3. The hit-and-run outlandishness of "Clerks" was a stunt. With Chasing Amy, Smith has made his first real movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  5. 70
    The only romantic comedy in quite a while that acknowledges, even celebrates, the fact that love and sex are emotional anarchy.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Brace
    Can a script exploring some truly deep questions about human sexuality and emotions be any shoddier and wooden?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 15, 2013
    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.

    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.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    Woah, first off let me say see this movie right now. I had seen clerks and dogma and jay and silent bob strike back forever ago, I knew about chasing amy i just never watched it. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's kevin smith's best movie. There are some really, almost corny, dramatic scenes but in that situation people would act pretty emotional so i have no problem with it. But this movie is laugh out loud hilarious, I think kevin smith's best writing. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2012
    A surprisingly honest film that proves Smith is capable of displaying tender, raw emotion and the hardship that goes with it. The characters are believeable and well-acted, and to be honest I think Jason Lee gave a stronger performance than Ben Affleck. Joey Lauren Adams was pretty annoying at times, but in the more serious dualogues between herself and Affleck she shows some real emotional intensity which doesn't seem forced in the slightest, something I really respect from actors/actresses. There's a lot of smart, snappy dialogue which has always been Smith's forte. The film drags a little in the middle third, and some scenes could certainly have been shortened or cut out. Overall though, Chasing Amy is a fresh and charming film, and one of the few romcoms I can tolerate. Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2013
    As a production, it was ok; I did feel it didn
  5. Sep 7, 2011
    Chasing Amy is funny, but not hilarious. The story is decent. The ending is less than adequate. Joey Lauren Adams is a very annoying actresses, especially when she's yelling, which she does for at least a third of her lines. If they had cast somebody else in her role, the movie would've been much better. Collapse

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