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  1. Aug 3, 2011
    10
    WAY better than your average romantic comedy! Granted when i saw it with my friends, there was only 1 guy in the audience, but it is definitely one movie you should see this summer. Love the cast, absolutely hilarious, and the view of Ryan Gosling ain't bad, right ladies? ;)
  2. Jul 30, 2011
    7
    It's a good-hearted movie that borrows a ton from other films, but it's absolutely saved by the performances of Ryan Gosling, Carell, and Marissa Tomei - who steals ever scene she's in. Don't want to say much more because this film is particularly vulnerable to spoilers. A good movie that's just a little bloated in its second half. But I'll still recommend it.
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    This movie was hilarious and touching at the same time. Great movie if you're looking to have some fun and laugh. Would highly recommend. Steve Carell is excellent in his role. Julianne Moore was great as always.
    Ryan Gosling is the perfect ladies man.
  4. Aug 12, 2011
    10
    Anyone who has dealt with divorce and how it shakes a family will appreciate the frank honesty and humor that can come with it. Carell and Moore do a wonderful job. That said, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling steal the show right out from under them. I found myself wondering what Stone and Gosling were doing when Carell and Moore's storyline picked up. Despite that, this air-tight love story isAnyone who has dealt with divorce and how it shakes a family will appreciate the frank honesty and humor that can come with it. Carell and Moore do a wonderful job. That said, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling steal the show right out from under them. I found myself wondering what Stone and Gosling were doing when Carell and Moore's storyline picked up. Despite that, this air-tight love story is touching and romantic. Honorable mention to Marissa Tomei who is fantastic! Expand
  5. Aug 1, 2011
    6
    After 20+ years of marriage Steve Carell & Julianne Moore split up. Stud and seducer Ryan Gosling shows Carell how to adapt to the dating game, while other subplot love stories play out. This film is full of enjoyable performances and some minor surprises, but it's more about love than laughs. An earnest romantic comedy that entertains without being distinctive.
  6. Oct 13, 2011
    9
    What a great film. If you loved American Beauty and Click (Adam Sandler) then this should be your cup of tea. Funny whilst being poignant, light-hearted whilst heavy hitting.
    Carrell plays funny and serious to perfection - Emma Stone is as astounding as usual - Julianne Moore brings her usual class and understated elegance - Ryan Gosling is brilliant and is in every great film which is on
    What a great film. If you loved American Beauty and Click (Adam Sandler) then this should be your cup of tea. Funny whilst being poignant, light-hearted whilst heavy hitting.
    Carrell plays funny and serious to perfection - Emma Stone is as astounding as usual - Julianne Moore brings her usual class and understated elegance - Ryan Gosling is brilliant and is in every great film which is on at present (not coincidental) - and then there is the up-and-coming Analeigh Tipton who has such classic looks and revives the "Mena Suvari" character from American Beauty.
    You can't help but be pulled along by the film where not a minute goes by without something happening for a reason. There's no point where I felt it was dropping in intensity, whilst the twist near the end really does come from nowhere.
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  7. Aug 8, 2011
    9
    This movie offers an enjoyable story that you can relate to. It has a great set of characters, played by a great set of actors (such as Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, etc). Everybody did their part perfectly. Ryan Gosling's character (Jacob) is a good example of what most guys would want to be like when it comes to women. He's cool, he wears nice clothes. He's more of a pickupThis movie offers an enjoyable story that you can relate to. It has a great set of characters, played by a great set of actors (such as Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, etc). Everybody did their part perfectly. Ryan Gosling's character (Jacob) is a good example of what most guys would want to be like when it comes to women. He's cool, he wears nice clothes. He's more of a pickup artist type, since he uses pickup lines. Usually in movies, these sorts of characters are represented as '' douche bags ''. In this case, Jacob is not, and I liked that. After seeing in the trailer how Jacob teaches Cal (Carell) how to talk to women seemed unoriginal. But the movie is not just about helping Cal. It also has love situations between other characters. Sure, Cal wants to get is wife back (Julianne Moore), but he goes throw a lot of funny, awkward and painful moments. I like the fact that those characters love interest somehow ends up all together at some point, which was hilarious. It's a wonderful movie, it shouldn't even get classified with other romantic comedies. Expand
  8. Aug 11, 2011
    9
    Fabulous and hilariously funny! It was great how the script had a lot of surprises especially at the end; well worth the watch. I will see this movie again. Great performances by all the actors. What was good about this movie was you got the moral of it and then some, such as, laughs along the way.
  9. Aug 29, 2011
    9
    Lee Marvin meets Pygmalian.....but love wins in the end, in the very clever, never boring, always unnerving story of how we love in the 21st century. I normally hate these kinda movies, but this one is really good. Tears....yes.
  10. Dec 31, 2011
    7
    Despite my trepidations about watching a potential chick flick, Crazy, Stupid, Love. proved itself a clever, charming film that was well worth the two hours on the couch, and would've been worth the twelve dollar movie ticket. The plot was not the most original plot, yet at the same time, it was not entirely formulaic like every other movie. Anyone who's ever seen a comedy would know whereDespite my trepidations about watching a potential chick flick, Crazy, Stupid, Love. proved itself a clever, charming film that was well worth the two hours on the couch, and would've been worth the twelve dollar movie ticket. The plot was not the most original plot, yet at the same time, it was not entirely formulaic like every other movie. Anyone who's ever seen a comedy would know where the movie was going, yet there were two or three twists thrown into the mix that spiced up an otherwise lukewarm storyline. Gosling and Carell led the way with stellar performances and their chemistry with Stone and Moore respectively was enough to keep the movie afloat by itself. Though the movie probably found more favor with girls than with boys (mainly because of the scenes where Gosling takes off his shirt), Crazy, Stupid, Love. is not your ordinary chick flick and proved to be a breath of fresh air in a world of stale romantic comedies. Expand
  11. Aug 10, 2012
    6
    Outrageous and funny, this is Gosling and Carell's vehicle all the way until a cliche, disappointing finish that wraps things up a bit too nicely with a bow. I expected a tad more from the minds behind "Bad Santa."
  12. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's raining frogs all throughout the city landscape, coming down in webbed sheets on its inhabitants, in which a chosen few, the filmically demarcated, some sad, others sadder, are just looking for somebody to love. The frogs in "Magnolia" is a verifiable miracle, proof positive that god exists. The amphibious downpour signifies hope, empirical evidence that anything can happen, and does, in the film's last scene where a drug-addled woman, lecherously maltreated by her incestuous father, smiles, probably for the first time in years, courtesy of a friendly cop, who says the magic words that jump starts Claudia's dead heart which kept daddy's plundered little girl in mental confinement since "it" happened, just before the screen fades to black. When the world(of P.T.A.) fades in again, in "Punch-Drunk Love"( the 2002 anti-romantic comedy that suggests the existence of soulmates), miracles still never ceases to amaze, offering even more proof of an all powerful, all knowing, absolute being, who manifests himself at a payphone, alongside an advancing parade down some Waikiki street, where the grace of god reflects back into the face of a bipolar bathroom supply wholesaler named Barry Egan(Adam Sandler), as he talks to Lena, the woman who falls in love with him, inexplicably. The harmonium is the miracle which started it all; the accidental harmonium, deposited curbside by some faceless man in a van, as it turns out, was a sign, a vestigial prompting which announces that a little music will soon be coming into Barry's life very shortly. Only seconds earlier, from the street's horizon where the small business owner works out of his warehouse, a fast-approaching vehicle veers from its straightaway destination, clipping a parked car, sending the wayward SUV into a flip and series of rolls, concurrently with the arrival of "the small piano". It's as if the devil and god are racing in the street, making a bid for Barry's soul. The very fact that Barry goes nowhere near the wreck would seem to indicate that the scene is largely allegorical. He knows who's driving, Like Claudia, the blue-suited man has his share of demons(he has mean sisters), yet yearns to be good, so he keeps his eyes on the prize, the harmonium, and ignores the disharmonious cacophony of pulverized metal and steel, whose music isn't suitable for deliverance. Soon after Barry meets his soulmate for the first time(when Lena drops off her car at the garage), he chooses love; chooses to take a chance on the harmonium, when he claims it from the sidewalk, clutching the instrument to his chest, tightly, at long last, taking a chance on life, as he runs back to the warehouse. The harmonium plays "soul music"; the harmonium is the filmmaker's visualization of the ancient proverb: "God works in mysterious ways." Lena is, in essence, an extension of the air-driven keyboard. A soulmate is the first miracle; a soulmate who just happens to attend the same high school as you, now that's the second miracle. "I'm pretty sure I'm your soulmate," says eighth grader Robbie Weaver quite matter-of-factly to his babysitter, in "Crazy, Stupid, Love", a multi-narrative film, that, at times, functions as an auxiliary world for "the freaks who suspect they could never love anyone," who populate Anderson's city of losers. Jacob, a serial womanizer, could be one of those guys who caught T.J. Mackey's "Seduce & Destroy" infomercial on late night T.V., bought the DVDs, and attended the seminar led by the toxic motivational speaker, sitting in a darkened auditorium with the other aspiring misogynistic libertines, taking notes on how to "tame that ****", along with other tricks of the trade, known to all great pick-up artists. Funny thing though, you never actually see the f*ck guru apply his craft; he's all rhetoric and no practice, whereas Jacob, always on the prowl at an upscale nightclub, gets the pick of the litter on a nightly basis. From the women-draped table he presides over, the tomcat spots Cal, "quietly judging [him]", and becomes his mentor, when the cuckolded man's whining over a disloyal wife starts to grate on Jacob's nerves. Emily is Cal's soulmate. But how can that be? She cheated on him. Hanna is Jacob's soulmate, but this horndog is somebody who knows "How To Fake Like You Are Nice And Caring". In "Bedtime Stories", like an ironic homage to "Magnolia", Skeeter(Sandler) gets rained on by gumballs; it's Exodus redux, but then the camera tilts up, revealing a breech in the truck carrying the sugary cargo, suggesting that for every supposed miracle, therein lies a logical explanation. Earl Partridge, a dying old man with regrets(from "Magnolia"), was once Robbie's age, thinking of his future wife in the same heavenly terms as the boy does towards the high school senior. But Earl was an adulterer, just like Emma, and so will Jacob, and perhaps even young, idealistic Robbie, because men do "terrible things". Expand
  13. Aug 16, 2011
    8
    I have never been a fan of romantic comedies. However, great acting and some interesting twists really made this movie a winner. There were parts where I laughed, and poignant parts that moved me. Although it follows a rather cliche plot, everything else is excellent. A movie that is not perfect, but still quite good, and definitely worth watching.
  14. Dec 17, 2011
    8
    Although missing something and it doesn't get crazy till the last 20 minutes the film has incredible heart and cast that make this an incredible movie. And it is entertaining. I give this film an 83% of a good movie.
  15. Jul 29, 2011
    4
    This could have been such a good movie unfortunately Dan Fogleman can't really write dialogue, At least not meaningful or witty dialogue just cliches and platitudes. Clever idea to start with just never really sparks. The scenes with Ryan Gosling are nearly all good because he is a talented enough actor to rise above a mediocre script the same can be said for Marissa Tomei she isThis could have been such a good movie unfortunately Dan Fogleman can't really write dialogue, At least not meaningful or witty dialogue just cliches and platitudes. Clever idea to start with just never really sparks. The scenes with Ryan Gosling are nearly all good because he is a talented enough actor to rise above a mediocre script the same can be said for Marissa Tomei she is hilarious from beginning to end. her character is given no respect by the screenplay or her on screen love interest, Steve Carrel. This is not the case with Carrel or Moore they just keep repeating the same facial expressions and lines in hopes we'll start to believe they really are in earnest. I watch this drivel and wondered will Hollywood ever again make a GOOD romantic comedy? Expand
  16. Nov 14, 2011
    5
    While there are a lot of appealing things about this film, it fundamentally fails to impress. With a stellar cast, with very good performances across the board (and suprising Steve Carell, who somewhat reminds me of Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"), it is a very good film to watch for the performances. However, just as Carell's character says at one point, as he is left by his wife andWhile there are a lot of appealing things about this film, it fundamentally fails to impress. With a stellar cast, with very good performances across the board (and suprising Steve Carell, who somewhat reminds me of Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"), it is a very good film to watch for the performances. However, just as Carell's character says at one point, as he is left by his wife and it starts pouring rain: "What a cliché!" And that is exactly what "Crazy, Stupid, Love." is. Pointing out a cliché while actually using it is not good writing or directing or anything in between - it is just another cliché. The film tries to be a "fun and smart" comedy, just like "Sideways" was or "Lost in Translation." Well, it is not quite there, or anywhere close for that matter. It is entertaining, but highly predictable in its unpredictability and not very inspired. At the end, as all rom-coms, it has the ever so cheesy happy ending, somewhat camouflaged, but not really. Overall, as I said, rather entertaining, but nothing great. Mediocre to ok, at best. Expand
  17. Sep 19, 2011
    7
    This is a fun romantic comedy, with a few really good characters and a nice feel to it. Ryan Gosling's character is especially well-written and acted, and Steve Carell, who I usually can't stand, gives a performance that actually borders on resembling a real human being, as opposed to his usual mugging for the camera. Worth seeing if you like this kind of movie.
  18. Aug 12, 2011
    5
    Crazy, Stupid, Love is naturally about relationships. The one which consumes most of the film focuses on Steve Carell and Julianne Moore who have been married for a very long 25 years. They are stuck in a rut. They look exhausted and seem to just be going to through the motions of their monotonous relationship. In fact, they are getting a divorce. Carell moves out and immediatelyCrazy, Stupid, Love is naturally about relationships. The one which consumes most of the film focuses on Steve Carell and Julianne Moore who have been married for a very long 25 years. They are stuck in a rut. They look exhausted and seem to just be going to through the motions of their monotonous relationship. In fact, they are getting a divorce. Carell moves out and immediately finds the local bar. It is here that Ryan Gosling notices him as a very sad case of a man and assumes a Fairy Godmother role of personal improvement. He initiates new clothes, a new hairstyle, and a new way of thinking on the newly single and confused Carell.

    Most of this seems like a standard run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, which for some part it is. But the script is a bit savvier than to just throw formulaic plot movements at the audience. The chemistry between Carell and Moore works. Carell reminds you of his Dan in Real Life character a bit and both actors really show a weight on their shoulders which their marriage has become. What does not work is the Ryan Gosling situation and how he latches on to Carell. The motivation is lacking and the script really never bothers to explain it. Naturally, the womanizing Gosling meets and falls for Emma Stone and this relationship does not work either although they share a quality late night scene together. In fact, the Emma Stone character dangerously approaches Sweet Home Alabama territory as she throws away a decent guy (Josh Grobanâ
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  19. Oct 12, 2011
    5
    Crazy stupid movie. A middle aged couple decides to separate because of the wife (Emily) infidelity and the husband (Cal) non-care for his appearance and look. Disappointed the husband is picked up in a bar by a womanizer who decides to teach him how to attract women. After the turn of events the womanizer proposes to a girl who is Cal and Emily daughter! Fabricated scenario, passtimeCrazy stupid movie. A middle aged couple decides to separate because of the wife (Emily) infidelity and the husband (Cal) non-care for his appearance and look. Disappointed the husband is picked up in a bar by a womanizer who decides to teach him how to attract women. After the turn of events the womanizer proposes to a girl who is Cal and Emily daughter! Fabricated scenario, passtime acting, non serious movie making. A kind of movie made just to waste viewers time and money. The good thing about this movie is the relaxation it will inflict, no events to unexpect, no tension, just sitting and possibly sleeping. Expand
  20. Oct 22, 2011
    3
    Lame. Had such high hopes. Gave up after 15 minutes. Its mindless...even with Ryan Gosling, its just falters. Relies too much on Steve Carell. Tries to be the next American beauty but ends up as a DVD bin box discount. Bypass this load of rubbish.
  21. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Love is all of these things at once - that is why a movie about "Crazy, Stupid, Love" succeeds as a romantic comedy. Okay, okay - that is only part of the reason. The ingredients for the success of this movie are irreverent comedy, razor-sharp dialogue, awesome imagination and great execution. In other words, the writers keep the love side hot, and the stupid side cool. No, really. Case in point: The divorce. Even though Cal's wife Emily asks him for a divorce, we can see that the two still love one another. Cal (Steve Carell) is predictably upset, since his character has only had ONE sexual partner his entire life - Emily (Julianne Moore). With the help of his pre-teen son, Cal sets out on a ridiculous quest to win her back. That's just CRAZY. This sets the stage for Steve Carell to sort-of reprise his stupidly-bumbling-but-good-natured-and-somehow-sexy role Andy from The Forty Year Old Virgin. And... it works. Somehow. There are plenty of sight gags and one-liners to keep everyone entertained, but beneath all the hilarity is a beautiful, messy painting which seeks to mirror the real world. I was reminded of my own life when viewing this movie - sometimes, when crazy things happen, you just have to shake your head and roll with it. As romantic comedies go, this was probably my favorite movie of the year. Loved it!

    - Chipper F. Xavier, Esq.
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  22. Aug 16, 2011
    8
    This movie was very good. Every appearing actor or actress did a superb job. You need to be an open mood for this movie because it goes from one feeling to the next pretty quickly, from depressing, to funny, to depressing, to sad, to funny, to depressing, then to funny, then to happy, it changes like crazy but thats why its called Crazy Stupid Love. Steve carrell was excellent, RyanThis movie was very good. Every appearing actor or actress did a superb job. You need to be an open mood for this movie because it goes from one feeling to the next pretty quickly, from depressing, to funny, to depressing, to sad, to funny, to depressing, then to funny, then to happy, it changes like crazy but thats why its called Crazy Stupid Love. Steve carrell was excellent, Ryan Gosling, never been a big fan of him but he was hilarious in this movie, always loved Emma Stone and havent been a julianne Moore fan but she was good as well. This was a good movie, but if your expecting a cheering up movie then you shouldnt go see this film, but otherwise go see it, its a fun, enjoyable movie, depending on your mood, 8/10 Expand
  23. Nov 26, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "Crazy, Stupid, Love" started out strong with an interesting plot and a good set of characters, and while there were several decent laughs to be had, the inability of anyone in the film to recognize anyone else's last name ("Say, are you related to so and so Weaver?") got frustrating and the coincidences, shenanigans, and unanswered questions end up swallowing the interesting premise. I was also bothered that people seemed more than willing to sit quietly and listen to more or less insane rantings from people who had proven to be kind of maniacal, which took some of the immersion out of the film. While I am not unhappy I watched it, the movie deserved better - and I will feel no need to fire it up again. By the way, to any mothers of my children - Should my daughter ever have naked pictures, please do not show them to me. Simply telling me there's a problem will suffice. Expand
  24. Dec 11, 2011
    8
    I just don't know where to start . Damn! Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the best film of 2011 and probably one one the best rom-com i have ever seen . The whole movie is freaking amazing . The whole cast is so awesome . The soundtrack is super rocking , The whole story (& script) is really good .Glenn Ficarra & John Requa really well done . Steve , Ryan , Emma ,Juliann , Kevin , Analeigh &I just don't know where to start . Damn! Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the best film of 2011 and probably one one the best rom-com i have ever seen . The whole movie is freaking amazing . The whole cast is so awesome . The soundtrack is super rocking , The whole story (& script) is really good .Glenn Ficarra & John Requa really well done . Steve , Ryan , Emma ,Juliann , Kevin , Analeigh & Marisa awesome work . Analeigh nice work on her first major film . From the start to the end Crazy, Stupid, Love will blow your mind with comedy , romance , bro-code , daddy code and else . Thumbs Up and Up again .
    [Story: 2.6 out of 3 . Directing: 2.5 out of 3 . Acting : 2.7 out of 3 . Soundtrack : 0.8 out of 1 . OVERALL : 8.6 out of 10]
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  25. Sep 18, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me start by saying that i was very disappointed with this so called "movie" which i saw in the theater after seeing the trailer and knowing that it futures some very talented actors - who should have known better than to star in such a movie.

    It failed both as a movie and as a comedy, as a comedy it failed in the sense that... well... it just wasn't funny.
    As a movie, i didn't relate to any of the characters and especially their relationships that include a 13 year old boy who's in love with a 17 year old teenager and his babysitter (a relationship his father actually encourages him to pursue at some point), the same babysitter who is in love with the 40 year old father of the boy.
    On a totally different subject, the movie was also absurd, I can never imagine that a self-respecting guy (played very questionably by Ryan Gosling), who goes to bars with the purpose of sleeping with different women on a daily basis, would decide for no apparent reason to take a complete stranger and a person who creates the impression of a total screw-up under his wing.
    The Emma-Ryan relationship starts only after a long background featuring a relationship of her and her boyfriend who she think is supposed to propose for no apparent reason. Then after he doesnâ
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  26. Oct 28, 2011
    4
    Only one thing i can conclude about this movie, there was never a problem, everything was all right all the time, this is unecessary drama, the acting was too bad only steve carrel was ok
  27. Nov 3, 2011
    5
    Crazy, Stupid, Unrealistic Love

    Steve Carell has played this part before, I'm sure of it, but off the top of my head I can't remember where. However, he is refining the role. This time, he restrains himself and tries to truly act rather than go over the top. And he succeeds in a crazy, stupid way. A married couple is calling it quits because the wife is bored and the husband is so used to
    Crazy, Stupid, Unrealistic Love

    Steve Carell has played this part before, I'm sure of it, but off the top of my head I can't remember where. However, he is refining the role. This time, he restrains himself and tries to truly act rather than go over the top. And he succeeds in a crazy, stupid way. A married couple is calling it quits because the wife is bored and the husband is so used to her that he pays much more attention to the yard work than he does to her. Indeed, when they are separated, he dreams that the other man is mowing his beloved lawn while his estranged wife relaxes and watches her lover with admiration. For the character called Cal, played by Carell, this is truly a nightmare. Cal sneaks back to his property at regular intervals, not to gaze at his dear wife through the window, but to trim the hedges, prune the roses, and aerate the lawn.

    There are so many coincidences in this movie that it may qualify as a comedy of errors, but the errors are outrageous and strain the patience of the viewer. Jacob is so brutally promiscuous and uses women so outrageously that when he accidentally falls in love, it's hard to believe that Jacob the Cad is now Jacob the **** although Ryan Gosling does some good acting in this role. Cal's 13-year-old son is madly in love with the babysitter, who's madly in love with the dad, but the kid pursues the babysitter with such ardor and persistence that he more than qualifies for intense psychotherapy, which for some reason, is never mentioned.

    Inappropriate behavior abounds, and the police only show up once (and only to say if you're going to have a brawl, please stay inside the house), and otherwise, the message is no matter how badly one has made a spectacle of oneself, everyone will forget all about it as soon as the incident is over. Of course, everyone forgot about Japan after a couple of months, and they had an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear meltdown, so maybe Steve Carell, the star and the producer, knows whereof he speaks. In any case, if you have ever made a fool of yourself in love, after seeing this movie, you will realize that your case is mild if not positively normal. Score=5.
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  28. Dec 6, 2011
    5
    Mr. Carell is so difficult to like. He is trying to play it for real but still falls on the goofy unbelievable side; a caricature of what person in this situation would be. Even though it's a comedy there must be some motivation for the characters to act as they do. What's the history between Carell & Moore? She is the cheater (why we never find out), why isn't she out of the house? AtMr. Carell is so difficult to like. He is trying to play it for real but still falls on the goofy unbelievable side; a caricature of what person in this situation would be. Even though it's a comedy there must be some motivation for the characters to act as they do. What's the history between Carell & Moore? She is the cheater (why we never find out), why isn't she out of the house? At some points it is interminably bad, I had to fast forward, is this even worth watching? Other times there was a sweet hopefulness. Ms Moore is okay but I just didn't like her. She is ill fitted with Mr Carell and no chemistry present. Ms Stone has a bright screen presence as always. Mr Gosling as usual plays a confident strong character but his story line has too much screen time. Ms Tipton & Mr Bobo lend some fun and sweet innocence. Smarmy Mr Bacon & fiery Ms Tomei offer strong support with only minor screen time. A silly little film with some things to like but not enough to recommend. Expand
  29. Dec 20, 2011
    5
    I've always had the cynical opinion that almost all so-called "comedies" aren't actually particularly funny - this being one of them. Carrell is a dork, got it. Gosling is the uber-cool mr playboy, got that. The women leads are ok, but the best female is Marisa Tomei, who unfortunately isn't in it that much. It's kind of warm-hearted but the central concept of cool guy gives lessons toI've always had the cynical opinion that almost all so-called "comedies" aren't actually particularly funny - this being one of them. Carrell is a dork, got it. Gosling is the uber-cool mr playboy, got that. The women leads are ok, but the best female is Marisa Tomei, who unfortunately isn't in it that much. It's kind of warm-hearted but the central concept of cool guy gives lessons to middle-life crisis guy, well it wears thin quite soon. I had no idea that the rest of the hour would be about a guy trying to sort out his marital difficulties. Yawn. Expand
  30. Mar 25, 2012
    9
    A wonderful comedy that is not ony funny but has its serious moments that aren't forced. Acting is fantastic by a fantastic actors. The movie didn't succumb to the lame comedies of the summer time which made it enjoyable to watch.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Sep 19, 2011
    80
    A wonderful comedy of romance, pain and getting it all wrong until somebody makes you do it right. The kind of film that makes you want to call someone the minute it's over, even if just to tell them to go see this movie.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 29, 2011
    75
    Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei make the most of their limited screen time, injecting straight comedy into a movie that occasionally comes close to losing its sense of humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 29, 2011
    70
    Richer and more enjoyable than the other lame-stream comedies Hollywood has churned out this summer, even though it doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be when it grows up.