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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
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  1. DannyG.
    Oct 26, 2008
    7
    Certainly not a great movie but it is perfectly amiable, with a few sharp digs at the excesses of the New York bourgeoisie (which might explain the overwhelmingly bad reviews in the USA). The cast is excellent. I wish the script had been tighter, the direction less perfunctory but it doesn't deserve the critical panning it has received. I guess it is true. North Americans don't Certainly not a great movie but it is perfectly amiable, with a few sharp digs at the excesses of the New York bourgeoisie (which might explain the overwhelmingly bad reviews in the USA). The cast is excellent. I wish the script had been tighter, the direction less perfunctory but it doesn't deserve the critical panning it has received. I guess it is true. North Americans don't get irony. Expand
  2. JamesP.
    Nov 4, 2008
    7
    You probably have to be British to appreciate this film. What What Brit hasn't got wasted at a party, stood on the band's stage and shouted ENG-ER-LUND ENG-ER-LUND until falling over comatose? I know I have. Maybe New Yorkers don't do that sort of thing. Looks like they probably should.
  3. RobertJ.
    Nov 1, 2008
    9
    I loved this film! I was expecting bad things after reading teh Metacritic ratings but we had already booked our Goldclass tickets so had to go, Went in expecting to be able to go to sleep but no what an enjoyable film. It was funny, yes some slapstick but overall Simon Pegg was very convincing. I haven't read the book but will get it now. I wonder if all the negative reviews were I loved this film! I was expecting bad things after reading teh Metacritic ratings but we had already booked our Goldclass tickets so had to go, Went in expecting to be able to go to sleep but no what an enjoyable film. It was funny, yes some slapstick but overall Simon Pegg was very convincing. I haven't read the book but will get it now. I wonder if all the negative reviews were from US journalists who it hit a raw nerve with. It's basically about insincerity and does not put US journalists in a particularly good light. A telling scene at a party when Pegg's charachter says that in the UK they keep people out of these parties whereas in the US the celebs gush all over the journalists almost begging them to write a story on them. In the end he saw the light and got out. I would say go and see it and don't let these creepy journalists watching a film which exposes them for the hypocrites we despise and no them to be. Expand
  4. johndoe
    Dec 29, 2008
    10
    Personally I loved this film and and some of these critics that rated this movie are not going to give it above 90 unless it's the best movie that ever happened to mankind and even then the new york times and time magazine would only give it a 50. I loved this movie and I would reccomend everyone to buy it or at least rent it.
  5. May 8, 2011
    7
    Granted it's predictable, mainstream, unoriginal and simple, horribly contrived at times with the rom-com element, cringefully acted with a dodgy script and I can fully appreciate why it received such terrible reviews. But even it's harshest critics will at least find themselves **** at it's querky and nostalgic references. Pegg has undoubtedly stuck to his strong suit in terms of hisGranted it's predictable, mainstream, unoriginal and simple, horribly contrived at times with the rom-com element, cringefully acted with a dodgy script and I can fully appreciate why it received such terrible reviews. But even it's harshest critics will at least find themselves **** at it's querky and nostalgic references. Pegg has undoubtedly stuck to his strong suit in terms of his easily identifiable loser-character, but that's exactly what you go and see the film for. On the other hand, Megan Fox and Kirsten Dunst are the ultimate down-side to any film. Expand
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    Not as smart or as satirical as you might hope, but an enjoyable and often funny look at a mad, mad, mad, mad world.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    10
    Weide's big-screen version is sitcom-drab.
  3. Best in show is the divine Gillian Anderson as a powerful celebrity publicist, editing the image of her clients in much the same way this adaptation tames Young's much pricklier book.