Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36

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  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    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. Like most great comedies, Hitch confects a sweetly appealing fantasy.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    For much of its length, the premise seems less wilted than you'd guess. This is because, for one thing, Mendes gives as good as she gets.
  4. 75
    Hitch is 2005's lone legitimate contender for a Valentine's Day movie date.
  5. Smith turns it on with co-star Eva Mendes in a manner that will have George Clooney taking notes.
  6. 75
    Smith is an endearing, driving comedic force, one who makes the buoyant Hitch more enjoyable than it has any reason to be.
  7. The less in control Smith and his co- stars Eva Mendes and Kevin James appear, the better Hitch becomes, until it's rather delightful.
  8. 70
    A slick new meta-romantic comedy selling a transparent yet strangely irresistible fantasy of upscale romance among the beautiful but guarded.
  9. 70
    While far from perfect, Hitch is a rare studio product that earns the goodwill it smugly demands.
  10. Romantic comedies have become so cannibalistic lately that Hitch stands out for what seem like major innovations by comparison.
  11. Sometimes big-time studio entertainment is done so well, you simply have to salute its corporate effectiveness.
  12. But with all due respect to Smith, the movie--a performance piece with an unbelievable bare-bones plot--belongs to Kevin James.
  13. 70
    Smith deserves a better romantic comedy than Hitch, but at least he somehow manages to improve the material around him.
  14. 70
    Hitch works best when it's a buddy comedy, with Smith and James having a blast as smooth Yoda and jiggly Jedi.
  15. A date film with a hook for men.
  16. 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.
  17. 63
    The premise is intriguing, and for a time it seems that the Date Doctor may indeed know things about women that most men in the movies are not allowed to know, but the third act goes on autopilot just when the Doctor should be in.
  18. The movie's last two minutes, in which they all do goofy dances and have no dialogue or script to get in their way, is easily the highlight. It's the previous 113 minutes of plot that cause problems.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    James has the forward drive of a trash-compacted Ralph Kramden with some of Ed Norton's random gentility and, here at least, he has a knack for fine-tuned physical comedy that gets you laughing even when the script's not there.
  20. 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.
  21. An average romantic comedy put together with enough professionalism to keep your cynicism momentarily at bay, featuring good-looking actors who also, in this case, seem like pretty nice people.
  22. 60
    But when it's funny, it's truly funny and the featured couples all have an easy and believable chemistry.
  23. 60
    The movie slides into slapstick at times, but it never overpowers the story.
  24. 58
    For all its flaws, Hitch largely comes off as a light romp.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Considerably heavier on romance than comedy, Hitch stitches together relatively few laughs but generates enough goodwill and energy.
  26. Will Smith, taking a break from summer sci-fi smashfests, certainly shows a gift for modulation. Far from coasting, he plays a world expert at romance by ratcheting his charm up and down in supple, exacting degrees.
  27. 50
    Will Smith has an easy charm, and this labored romantic farce works it hard. Too hard.
  28. Buried somewhere in here, about 6 feet deep, is an intriguing premise.
  29. 50
    The film moves in fits and starts, and is way too long, but it may prove memorable, if only for the sweet, marvelously inventive performance of Kevin James.
  30. The movie, like Hitch, tries to be cool, funny and sweet but falls on its face without generating any real sympathy, smarts or humor.
  31. 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?
  32. 50
    To enjoy this film, it helps to check your brain at the box office.
  33. 50
    Yet [Smith] can't keep the movie from stopping cold with another hour left to go.
  34. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    As the phrase turns, it's better when things come off WITHOUT a hitch.
  35. An unwieldy, excessively talky affair, unintentionally exhibiting all the clunky stops and starts and self-conscious ramblings of a particularly awkward first date.
  36. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 246 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 54
  2. Negative: 7 out of 54
  1. Feb 26, 2015
    With any other lead Hitch would be just a slightly above average romantic comedy, but because of Will Smith's smooth and clever acting, HitchWith any other lead Hitch would be just a slightly above average romantic comedy, but because of Will Smith's smooth and clever acting, Hitch is elevated from just another rom-com to a much more memorable and funny movie. Full Review »
  2. Sep 3, 2015
    Hitch was a film I expected to not like, but at the end of the day, I really had a lot of fun with this one. A funny and charming buddyHitch was a film I expected to not like, but at the end of the day, I really had a lot of fun with this one. A funny and charming buddy comedy, Hitch features a great comedic duo in Will Smith and Kevin James that really carry this one. Smith's charisma was a perfect match for James' awkwardness. The film was also really well written for a comedy and the jokes were, largely, smart instead of low brow, which I greatly appreciated. The main sin committed by this one is the classic love story element here where an unexpected guy manages to land the gorgeous girl that is way out of his league. In addition, much of the conflict arises from easily explainable situations that just get blown out of proportion. Without these, the film would be better, but also likely wouldn't exist, so I cannot complain too much. Overall, Hitch is a fun film that is light entertainment. Full Review »
  3. Mar 5, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Great little dancing scene in there thats hard not to like....but other than that I feel like i could have had kevin james do funnier things just off the top of my head,,,,but still they captured him dancing nicely and that might be the only funny scene in the movie...I don't think food allergies are funny....ellis island being sad for someone isn't funny....I feel like i'm missing a funny scene in the third act but idk... Full Review »