Jerry Maguire

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    90
    Jerry Maguire is loaded with them: bright, funny, tender encounters between characters who seem so winningly warm and real. [13 December 1996, p.C-1]
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    What sets Jerry Maguire above any other romantic comedy this year is Crowe's writing. He captures the venal, high-stakes world of pro sports with deadly wit and an ex-journalist's sense of detail.
  3. A wholly unexpected film, as heady and surprising in its humor as in its emotional texture.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Altogether wondrous.
  5. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    Firmly establishes Crowe as a standard-bearer of original thinking in the dispiritingly redundant state of American cinema. Don't miss this one.
  6. 90
    Joyous redemptive romantic comedy.
  7. Working from his own original screenplay, Crowe builds a story line full of unexpected twists and digressions.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Overstuffed but exuberantly humane.
  9. 88
    Magic on celluloid -- fresh, funny, romantic, and upbeat. You'll leave the theater with a smile on your face and perhaps a tear in your eye.
  10. 87
    Lusts for a feel-good ending the material doesn't comfortably provide. One can't help wondering how dismal Jerry and Dorothy's life together will be after the credits roll.
  11. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    It seems like nitpicking to say it, but the weakness of Jerry Maguire is that there's too much to it -- too many things happening at once for a viewer to digest. But with a charming cast like this, having too much isn't such a bad thing.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    An exceptionally tasty contempo comedic romance.
  13. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    80
    A surprisingly fresh didactic comedy that preaches the hollowness of glamour and status and the American cult of winning.
  14. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Once again writer-director Cameron Crowe has gotten all the little details just right.
  15. Film.com
    Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    The engine that drives Jerry Maguire is Cruise, giving the kind of performance that all but deconstructs his recent series of glib leading-man roles.
  16. 80
    Any minor annoyances are eclipsed by great performances from the entire cast.
  17. Cruise is at the top of his form, and Gooding makes a brilliant opponent.
  18. What's fascinating is the depth of humanity Cruise finds within the character of Jerry and also Cruise's generosity toward the other actors in the story -- a generosity that allows all the other performers to shine and create vivid and memorable characters.
  19. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    75
    A hip, funny, knowing romantic sports comedy that gets a little strained when it tries to expose its heart. [13 December 1996, Friday, p.A]
  20. Zellweger has the most interesting new face in film, and she knows how to use silences to say what the heart wants to get across.
  21. 75
    There are a couple of moments in Jerry Maguire when you want to hug yourself with delight. Both of those moments involve the actress Renee Zellweger, whose lovability is one of the key elements in a movie that starts out looking cynical and quickly becomes a heartwarmer.
  22. Now "Rod Tidwell," with Jerry Maguire as a supporting character, would be a movie to pay to see.
  23. Crowe is too much the good employee to spin the yarn properly, to give the picture the very integrity it endorses. He might have made a more convincing movie had he first convinced himself.
  24. 50
    Let's get it out, loud and clear: Jerry Maguire is not a sports movie. It's a stealth chick movie, wrapped in a swaddling of jock stuff so that it gets through guy radar without setting off the missile defenses.
  25. An indictment--a prime example of promising material that's been Cruisified.
  26. The film is all but crushed by Tom Cruise's screen-hogging demand that everything collapse and swoon around him. If the star gave us more of a rest, we might have more of a movie.
  27. A meandering and deeply shallow tale of spiritual redemption.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Feb 26, 2015
    9
    It is both hilarious and heartfelt. Well acted and well written. Probably one of the most quotable movies of all time, and one of the few thatIt is both hilarious and heartfelt. Well acted and well written. Probably one of the most quotable movies of all time, and one of the few that actually brought a few tears to my eyes. Bonus points for one of the best child actors ever! Full Review »
  2. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    8
    I really enjoyed the human aspect of this movie, Cameron Crowe does a really could job in capturing that element with his characters. InI really enjoyed the human aspect of this movie, Cameron Crowe does a really could job in capturing that element with his characters. In addition making those characters more real and someone we can all relate to on some level. Full Review »
  3. Jan 11, 2014
    8
    Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire can be a bit annoying at points in the way he portrays the character, and some of the scenes just want to make youTom Cruise as Jerry Maguire can be a bit annoying at points in the way he portrays the character, and some of the scenes just want to make you roll your eyes at the decisions of this man, but that's the point of Jerry Maguire; love it or leave it. Full Review »