Metascore
13

Overwhelming dislike - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 16 out of 21
  1. 12
    Stinko movies often unwittingly critique themselves -- and the brain-dead romantic comedy Down to You (which Miramax understandably didn't screen in advance for critics) is no exception.
  2. For the audience, it's like watching the dreckiest of teen puppy courtships trying to pass itself off as ''Annie Hall.'' La-de-blah.
  3. 40
    No one expects a light teen romance to be "Madame Bovary," but this is Colorforms filmmaking.
  4. Latest Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle stalls at on-ramp.
  5. 0
    The confusion it mistakes for true soul-searching is about as realistic a look at the politics of youthful attraction as one of those "Did somebody say McDonald's?" commercials is a look at mainstream American family values. Did somebody say McCheese?
  6. The best the makers of Down to You can hope for is that girls in their early teens--clearly the film's target audience--will be so carried away by its charismatic stars that they'll overlook the film's various flaws.
  7. Extremely good-looking people tend to be shallow, self-involved and not very bright. Let's call this statement what it is: a form of prejudice, a stereotype. It is, sadly, a stereotype that Down to You does everything in its power to promote.
  8. Neither character seems especially insightful, and their intense focus on the self and the terrific delicacy of their feelings comes to feel narcissistic and annoying.
  9. 21
    There's nothing wrong with Down to You that a smart script and savvy direction couldn't cure.
  10. 10
    Prinze and Stiles regularly talk to the camera, but that doesn't make their characters self-aware.
  11. A pleasant addition to the time-honored genre of terminally cute youth romance movies, roughly equivalent to staring at a saccharine greeting card for a while.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    30
    Floating this material slightly above the assembly-line level is the energetic cast and the efforts of writer-director Kris Isacsson.
  13. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    30
    A Boring Young Couple.
  14. 0
    One of those puppy-love movies that make you feel like you're slowly drowning.
  15. 50
    Ostensibly a story about first love in college, and I never believed a frame of it.
  16. Reviewed by: Ted Gideonse
    0
    A disaster: dull, predictable, at times cringe-worthy.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Dominguez
    50
    Just another cutesy, rather toothless comedy about the pitfalls of first love.
  18. Reviewed by: Vanessa E. Jones
    38
    Prinze charming, but can't save movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Chriss Hewitt
    25
    The highlights of the movie are a great song, Sam Phillips' "I Need Love,'' which comes at the end, and Stiles' affecting crying scene.
  20. Reviewed by: Brendan Kelly
    20
    Something oddly appealing about this mushy romantic tale, but first-time feature writer-director Kris Isacsson doesn't have the skills to raise it far above its formulaic foundation.
  21. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    25
    Ah, young love. It can be quaint and heartwarming, but is largely inconsistent and painful -- kind of like this movie.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. KritiK.
    Nov 28, 2006
    9
    Pretty cute love story. Nothing wrong with watching a slightly dull movie at times. The love scenes are really sweet!
  2. BubbaS.
    Feb 12, 2006
    10
    Stellar. Soul-touching. It will move you to the depths of your very being.
  3. KrissyR.
    Nov 14, 2005
    0
    I saw a lot of teen movies in high school, and this was on the very top of the heap of craptasticness. The only thing from keeping me leaving I saw a lot of teen movies in high school, and this was on the very top of the heap of craptasticness. The only thing from keeping me leaving such a boring/unoriginal/flat movie was the fact I paid $6 bucks. If I could PLEASE get those 2 hours of my life back, I'd feel like I lived just a little bit more. Whatever happened to great romantic comedys driven by excellent dialogue, a la "When Harry Met Sally?" Full Review »