Just Like Heaven

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    Just Like Heaven isn't far short of a classic among romantic comedies with a teary chaser, sure to please fans of "Ghost" and "Heaven Can Wait."
  2. Crossing the life-death divide, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are a winning pair in this smart and tender comedy.
  3. 63
    The film, which comes way too close to preaching, lurches away from the control of director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) and ends on a stretched-out note so sappy it makes "Must Love Dogs" look like "8 Mile."
  4. The leads are just too good to commit fully to something this baldly formulaic. It's sad.
  5. Unfortunately, the movie fails to fully make sense, which may be because it's based on a French novel (If Only It Were True by Marc Levy).
  6. 40
    Witherspoon's oft charming perkiness is merely patronizing here, but mid-'90s MTV staple Donal Logue steals every scene he's in as an ethically challenged therapist.
  7. Sounds promising. What a disappointment then to report that Just Like Heaven is more like purgatory, a sweating, straining attempt to marry the wisecracking fury of the modern sitcom to the classic Rock-Doris, Cary-Kate romantic comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2006
    10
    this movie was an awsome and inspiaring lovable and laghabull movie.i really love it and i even bought it.
  2. FredT.
    Sep 24, 2005
    9
    Light-hearted and FUN!!! Sure, you know where the story is going but there are a couple of twists which make it a fun ride. What movie did Light-hearted and FUN!!! Sure, you know where the story is going but there are a couple of twists which make it a fun ride. What movie did Jami Bernard watch? Not this one. Expand
  3. MiaS.
    Feb 22, 2006
    9
    A truly enjoyable film. Yes, it pleases me to no end to see Reese WItherspoon comatose in her hospital bed after all the Blonde thing, or A truly enjoyable film. Yes, it pleases me to no end to see Reese WItherspoon comatose in her hospital bed after all the Blonde thing, or Mark Ruffalo clothed in bed after 'In The Cut', but forget chemistry, or believable sub plots or background, and chances are you'll be bawling your eyes out 90 minutes into the film. Both of them are wonderful actors and having seen all of Mark Ruffalo's films, this is probably one where he appears effortlessly hearbroken without having to crease his brow. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Sep 22, 2005
    6
    For once, the trailer didn't reveal all of the film's secrets. When "Just Like Heaven" gets there, and you're a music fan who For once, the trailer didn't reveal all of the film's secrets. When "Just Like Heaven" gets there, and you're a music fan who watched "120 Minutes" with Dave Kendall in the late-eighties, you'll smile, because the song it evokes came out the same year as The Cure classic. "Just Like Heaven" gets considerably better when the premise changes. Elizabeth(Reese Witherspoon) and David(Mark Ruffalo) become less irritating after she learns about her relationship with the world. Their bickering over who owns the apartment gets old real fast. When they open up to each other, it's not that painful to watch like your lesser romantic comedies, where the actors have little or no chemistry. A believable couple hides the contrivances of their inevitable coupling, typical of this genre. What's missing from "Just Like Heaven", however, is a romantic gesture that evokes the fatalistic whine in Robert Smith's voice. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    Nodding to classics such as Ghost and Heaven Can Wait, Just Like Heaven is another formidable entry into romantic-comedies venturing beyondNodding to classics such as Ghost and Heaven Can Wait, Just Like Heaven is another formidable entry into romantic-comedies venturing beyond life and love. Expand
  6. Larry
    Oct 13, 2005
    5
    As bland as weak tea.
  7. AlexCole
    Sep 14, 2005
    1
    Witherspoon and Ruffalo's magic on-screen caused me to leave the theater early. And not even stoner-like, but real life mormon, Jon Witherspoon and Ruffalo's magic on-screen caused me to leave the theater early. And not even stoner-like, but real life mormon, Jon Heder, could save the day. Expand

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