Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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. 75
    Yes. The movie works, and so we accept everything.
  3. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    75
    Works because of the utterly charming leads and a strong supporting cast.
  4. Crossing the life-death divide, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are a winning pair in this smart and tender comedy.
  5. 67
    There's a manipulative streak to the proceedings, and you'd have to be stone cold dead not to grasp the inevitable outcome long before the third act, but it's a professionally handled sort of emotional manipulation common to its genre, dating back to "Blithe Spirit" and, somewhat less memorably, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."
  6. That Just Like Heaven succeeds at all - at least for teenage girls with limited interest in the drafting of living wills - is due entirely to Witherspoon's can-do charisma.
  7. 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."
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Garnering a chuckle or two, but no more, are Donal Logue from "The Tao of Steve" (now there's a comedy) -- and, as a desperate magnet for both the slacker and "dude" demographics, Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    Belongs to the same class of cotton-candy romances as "Chances Are" and "Somewhere in Time," although it steers its light-hearted subject into darker territory with the life support subplot.
  10. 63
    Sadly, most of the fun and all the magic derive from the location. The most enthralling fantasy of Just Like Heaven is that an unemployed landscape architect and a fledgling doctor can afford a sprawling apartment with a rooftop view in San Francisco.
  11. Reviewed by: Jo Berry
    60
    A sweet but predictable chick flick, this coasts by on the considerable charm of its two leads.
  12. It's not heaven, exactly, but after the purgatory of the late summer movie season, it may be close enough.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    As uneven as the topography of its San Francisco locales, but the amiable peaks mostly offset the flat stretches and valleys. A variation on a very old meet-cute theme with a touch of otherworldly romance.
  14. A forgettable, patched-together clone of other ghostly romances.
  15. The last half is so superior to the first that you wish they'd rethought the whole thing and devised a way to make it more of a one piece.
  16. The leads are just too good to commit fully to something this baldly formulaic. It's sad.
  17. 50
    Part of the problem is Mark Ruffalo, whose tortured sensitivity in "You Can Count On Me" and "We Don't Live Here Anymore" made him seem like Marlon Brando's heir apparent, not Will Smith's.
  18. 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).
  19. There are moments when it is possible, with effort, to forget the plot and its tired premise and enjoy Witherspoon and Ruffalo's chemistry and imagine they are in another movie. But never for long.
  20. 50
    As a movie genre, the ghostly romantic comedy dates back at least as far as "Topper" (1937), and the stale premise, combined with the leads' typecasting, makes for an eminently forgettable date movie.
  21. 40
    The usually zippy and subversive director Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) plays things straight and suffocatingly sentimental - which actually makes the whole movie seem that much creepier.
  22. 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.
  23. A huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural.
  24. The problem comes when the movie turns into a tedious, faith-based diatribe against medical science.
  25. A groaningly awful romantic comedy.
  26. 38
    Just Like Heaven suggests that a post-coma Elizabeth might understand what life is truly all about. Of course, if being alive means having to live in this movie, maybe she was better off the way she was.
  27. 38
    The movie starts cheating the audience early, and never lets up.
  28. 30
    You won’t want to sit through.
  29. 30
    It's desperately lifeless.
  30. 30
    Outlandish, uneven, preposterous and often maddeningly morbid.
  31. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. Malachi
    Feb 5, 2006
    8
    Way more than I was expecting out of a modern-day romantic comedy. I was laughing most of the way through because everyone thought Mark Ruffalo's character was talking to himself. Definitely an interesting twist on a love story. Full Review »