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  • Summary: In this sophisticated romantic comedy, Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Smith) is a legendary - and deliberately anonymous - New York City "date doctor" who, for a fee, has helped countless men woo the women of their dreams. While coaching Albert (James), a meek accountant who is smitten with a glamorous celebrity (Valletta), Hitch finally meets his match in the person of the gorgeous, whip-smart Sara (Mendes), a gossip columnist who is on to him. (Sony) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Immensely likable, and allows Mr. Smith to fulfill his manifest destiny -- as an urbane comedian who is also, shades of Cary Grant, a romantic hero.
  2. The less in control Smith and his co- stars Eva Mendes and Kevin James appear, the better Hitch becomes, until it's rather delightful.
  3. 70
    A slick new meta-romantic comedy selling a transparent yet strangely irresistible fantasy of upscale romance among the beautiful but guarded.
  4. Multiple lobotomies. That's the only way to explain what happens in the middle of Hitch, whose first hour sets up one of the brightest romantic comedies in months and whose second hour tears it down.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Andy Tennant's flimsy but generally likeable comedy is tailor-made for Smith's cheerfully suave comic style, and the movie goes out of its way to avoid any hint of sleaziness.
  6. Along with its try-anything-for-a-yuk screenplay, the worst thing about Hitch is its running time of almost two hours. Did the studio forget to edit this flimsy thing down?
  7. 40
    In the end, while both of these performers look great together, they really don't seem to belong together. And that's the biggest hitch in Hitch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50
  1. JaredB.
    Jun 18, 2007
    First of all, I'll just say that, except for the truly awful "Wild, Wild West," I have absolutely loved everything Will Smith has been in. "Hitch" was no exception. This was a refreshing, funny and sweet film. Will was perfectly cast as the "Date Doctor." Watching Kevin James totally screw everything up with Allegra was absolutely gut-bustingly funny. Eva Mendes is delightful as the woman who finally tames Hitch. Altogether a terrific movie. Expand
  2. NickS.
    Feb 21, 2005
    Is this the ultimate date movie?? That's what most people I've talked to are saying. And that's exactly where this film delivers! There are no special effects, no crazy actions scenes, and no over-the-top romantic moments. It's a very real, relationship film with witty dialogue and captivating performances from Smith and the gang. It's perfect for a 2nd or 3rd date or anything after. Do not see it on a 1st date!! It'll make the end of the night way too awkward. If you want to have fun at the movies with a significant other, this is the movie to see. It could also substitue for Dating 101. And make sure you don't miss a hysterical cameo by Maulik Pancholy of 'Diwali' fame as Will Smith's doorman, Raoul. [Ed: Diwali...By all means! Great flick...] Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    It's as slick and smooth as a mainstream film comes nowadays. Very enjoyable yet ultimately predictable. Will smith delivers the charm and humor in a surprisingly original fashion while Mendez and James offer up solid supporting performances. What separates itself from many other feel good romcoms is that it stays true to its theme and also makes you think. If you like will smith or feel good movies that will entertain you and rattle your emotions throughout, then you'll enjoy this one. Expand
  4. JaredC.
    Dec 4, 2007
    Hitch is an amiable if rote romantic comedy that maximizes the charms of its quartet of leads. Unfortunately, the film mines most of its narrative ore from the tiresome notion that modern-day males are complete idiots, as mystified by the female gender as a coyote is by the moon. Will Smith did a marvelous job as the Expand
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hitch is a nice "romance" movie. Will Smith is the perfect matchmaker, doing amazing acting the whole time. Allegra, the hooked-upped women didn't really seem too "good" for her boyfriend (her boyfriend is being aided by Smith). Smith's girlfriend turns out to be totally unlikable in the end. Why did Smith ever try to get her back? She ruined his career and didn't even care. The plot was overall pretty solid. How can the Ellis Island scene get any more awkward? Good movie, but it wasn't very funny and I was expecting it to be. 7/10 Expand
  6. AlyE.
    Aug 22, 2005
    I think the concept was excellent, but the screenplay is horrible. Kudos to Will Smith for doing the best he could with the weak script and co-star he had to work with. Eva is one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. She has zero depth and personality. It seemed unrealistic that Hitch would be even remotely interested in her, and that's where the story goes wrong for me. There's absolutely no chemistry between these two at all. I'm still trying to figure out what/how/why they fall in love... or was it just Hitch who falls in love ('cause we got no sense that the feeling was mutual for Sara, Eva's character). What really irked me was how the writers tried to give us some insight into why Sara was such a tight-a$$ in the relationship arena... something about her sister almost dying! Not because she'd been hurt in relatuonships before... Not because someone she loved actually died, but because he sister ALMOST died when they were kids! Can you believe that??? Then there's the boss in the beginning who's insisting that she needs to take a break because works too much one minute, but demanding that she get some crappy gossip article written ASAP the next. But, even that I could deal with more than Hitch's plea for forgiveness at the end and Sara's resistance. It should have been the other way around completely! I did not want to see these two together, which makes it a horrible romantic comedy. Albert and Allergra's love affair saved the movie. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2011
    This movie tries so hard to be entertaining to a mainstream audience and ends up being cheesy and pandering rather than genuine or original. Hitch is mostly predictable and lacks much originality, relying on cheep laughs and one line crack jokes. Fans of Will Smith are suckers. Expand

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