Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25

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  1. A film of real beauty, which is surprising, since it's not a movie of beautiful sentiments or settings.
  2. Tunney, brimming with coltish, neurotic energy, holds the screen like a true star. She brings the role, and the movie, to life.
  3. 75
    A lightweight charmer with a winning performance by Robin Tunney.
  4. 75
    Endearingly offbeat romantic comedy with a great meet-cute gimmick.
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    I paid steadfast attention, both to the actress, a performer of unusual versatility, and to the character she plays, a caged -- and cagey -- bird who sings because she's too stubborn to cry.
  6. May be scant on character and plot development, but it’s rich with affection for daydream believers
  7. Disoriented but occasionally disarming saga packed with moments out of an ''Alice in Wonderland'' adventure, a stalker thriller, and a condensed season of TV's ''Big Brother.''
  8. 63
    The cast is up to the challenges of that arc, but the plot doesn't always keep them afloat.
  9. 63
    An uneven mix of genres that, even when it misses the mark, gets points for originality and a good beat.
  10. The movie's about its own playfulness. But that playfulness, all too often, feels labored.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Good performances and quirky humor make this slick if less than fully satisfying mix of romantic comedy and mystery an easy sit.
  12. Finn Taylor's lark of a movie feels like two unfinished films awkwardly fused together and ever threatening to snap apart.
  13. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Their (Tunney and Nelson) interplay is what saves the movie, and possibly should have been expanded upon to the exclusion of the other plot points.
  14. 50
    In the end, it becomes the cinematic equivalent of one of the songs Tunney adores: enjoyable enough while it lasts, but so thin that its ingratiating charms seem as much a source of frustration as pleasure.
  15. Reviewed by: Chad Bixby
    Slightly less than lovable. It’s a strained romantic comedy that starts promisingly, takes a hard left turn and slowly falls apart.
  16. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    As it is, while Tunney is undeniably lovely to look at, she's just not that much fun to be around. And for 100 minutes, she's all we've got.
  17. 50
    Seems to vanish from memory even as you're watching it. The movie is an exercise in minimalist storytelling.
  18. 50
    As a poky little character comedy, Cherish is enchanting in a small-scale way. But when Mr. Taylor tries to turn it into a genre thriller, Cherish deteriorates so quickly that it's unsettling -- but probably not in the way Mr. Taylor intended.
  19. 50
    This is a downbeat, indulgent and self-consciously quirky little movie.
  20. Though it is shaped as a woman-in-peril thriller about obsession, Cherish is about being winningly kooky, not violently insane.
  21. The soundtrack is a boisterous blast from the past, and there's a quiet pleasure to watching Zoe and Daly let their composure loose like scrambled eggs, but there's little else to hold dear here.
  22. The idea is more interesting than the screenplay, which lags badly in the middle and lurches between not-very-funny comedy, unconvincing dramatics and some last-minute action strongly reminiscent of "Run Lola Run." Great soundtrack, though.
  23. Implausible at every turn, it offers a dab of quirkiness and edge from writer-director Finn Taylor, but otherwise has nothing for audiences to embrace.
  24. The movie's weirdness isn't organic; it's imposed, like barber-pole stripes painted on a prison wall.
  25. 20
    The only flicker of thematic interest -- AM radio obsession as psychopathology -- is duly subsumed into a sea of desperate soundtrack come-ons.

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