Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 2, 2011
    75
    The film seems simple and facile at a glance, but these characters and their dilemmas stay with you. These days, any of us could suddenly be Larry Crowne.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 1, 2011
    75
    If you're looking for a movie you can take your parents or young children to without fear of embarrassment or the need for endless explanations, this is the one.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jun 30, 2011
    75
    It's simply an opportunity to spend time with characters who may lack depth but are fun to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jun 29, 2011
    70
    This charmer about late middle-aged renaissance is pertinent for these times and a perfect summer comedy for grown-ups looking to escape robots and superheroes.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 29, 2011
    67
    The pleasant surprises in Larry Crowne come from its side characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 1, 2011
    63
    Breezy but forgettable.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    Larry Crowne should not be mistaken for a masterpiece. It is summer entertainment: genial, undemanding, lightweight.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    Too cute for its own good, Larry Crowne is nonetheless hard to dislike.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    A perfectly pleasant but fluffy, inconsequential romantic comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Jun 27, 2011
    60
    This one coasts by on Hanks' immense appeal and charm, but more focus and a touch more sharpness are needed to make it really come alive.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 1, 2011
    58
    It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.
  13. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 30, 2011
    58
    As a director, Hanks makes some nice choices (Larry Crowne lives in a very naturally integrated suburb, for one) but there's little in the film that doesn't feel made-for-TV.
  14. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 29, 2011
    58
    It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.
  15. 50
    The film is sometimes gentle to the point of blandness, but it's never flimsy.
  16. 50
    Next semester, the stars should drop Speech 217 and enroll in Chemistry 101 – they dearly need some.
  17. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    I had a migraine when I started watching Larry Crowne, and by the end, it went away. None of this quite adds up to a recommendation, but it's close. Very close.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    It's a light and breezy, recession-themed romantic comedy; "Up in the Air" without all the angst and introspection.
  19. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    Larry Crowne isn't a movie for adults. It's a movie for adults who don't like things with screens and keyboards.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    I'm not quite saying that the unabashed squareness and silliness of Larry Crowne are negatives. They're almost admirable in themselves, and certainly constitute a selling point.
  21. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    Inside this film, a poignant and personal story is struggling to get out. But it's couched in such awkward sentiments that it can't emerge.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    The movie falls flat, playing like the best-cast bland romantic comedy you've ever seen.
  23. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    The screenplay carries blandness to a point beyond tedium.
  24. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jun 30, 2011
    50
    The story feels half-considered, the relationships thin, and the direction visually indifferent.
  25. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jun 28, 2011
    50
    Every scene is on the prowl for laughs at the expense of the inherent drama in the lives of its colorful characters.
  26. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 30, 2011
    45
    In the early scenes of Larry Crowne, Hanks' Larry is so assertively regular he almost comes off as a special-needs child - grinning into his coffee-cup in the big-box-store break room, he has all the sexual allure of Forrest Gump.
  27. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jul 4, 2011
    40
    Larry Crowne is worryingly light on laughs, yet it never dares to worry too much about the plight of its central figure. [11 & 18 July 2011, p.100]
  28. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 1, 2011
    40
    It put-puts along like a moped in busy traffic, content to amble around but not go anywhere.
  29. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 30, 2011
    40
    A rom-com fairy tale so tepid and well behaved that watching it feels like being stuck in traffic as giddy joy-riders in the opposite lane break the speed limit. You have little choice but to cool your heels and pretend that the parched crabgrass in the median is a field of flowers.
  30. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jun 30, 2011
    40
    Edgeless, it takes a wistful, hopeful approach to heartbreak and job loss. That's sweet, but when it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's "The Company Men" or this year's "Everything Must Go" over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.
  31. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    Though both lead actors are able to coast for a while on their natural charm, it's evident by the soppy finale that their "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Pretty Woman" salad days are long past.
  32. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    With its eager-to-please congeniality, it almost works, but with a pacing that is at once comfortably assured and frustratingly slack, like holding exactly to the speed limit on a stretch of open road, Larry Crowne never quite comes to life.
  33. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 2, 2011
    30
    This script - a collaboration between Hanks and Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - would need multiple punch-up sessions to attain mediocrity. Roberts and Hanks aren't just prevented from playing their A games; they're never even taken off the bench.
  34. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 30, 2011
    30
    Larry Crowne is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core. When that core is two of the biggest movie stars around - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - it's an especially dispiriting situation.
  35. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jun 30, 2011
    30
    There's some cute stuff involving Hanks and some teenagers who tool around campus on scooters, but an utter lack of chemistry between him and Roberts dooms the movie.
  36. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 7, 2011
    25
    Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.
  37. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 5, 2011
    25
    Congenial is the word for Larry Crowne, but it's as flat as an ironing board.
  38. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 30, 2011
    25
    It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.
  39. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 28, 2011
    25
    At least Roberts has some star wattage to burn; her megawatt smile is the only thing that ultimately pierces, however faintly, the film's blinding schmaltz.
  40. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 30, 2011
    20
    A slight, facile, and ultimately yawn worthy romantic comedy, and one of the most obvious if unexpected missteps in Hanks' career.
  41. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 28, 2011
    20
    Movie stars may be less valued than they used to be, but it's still puzzling to see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stuck in a romantic comedy as flat-footed and tone deaf as Larry Crowne.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Jul 5, 2011
    10
    This was a sweet, uplifting, optimistic movie, well-cast and well-acted. It could perhaps have been a little more dynamic, but it wasThis was a sweet, uplifting, optimistic movie, well-cast and well-acted. It could perhaps have been a little more dynamic, but it was entertaining, and I could believe that Tom Hanks would get the girl :) Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2011
    9
    This movie doesn't have giant robots. There are no dinosaurs. There aren't even any big sharks. If you're looking for these, you're in theThis movie doesn't have giant robots. There are no dinosaurs. There aren't even any big sharks. If you're looking for these, you're in the wrong theatre. Go back and ask the ticket taker where you should be. There is no spectacle, because this is a movie for adults. There are just ordinary characters struggling to make sense of the curve balls life has thrown them. It's a comedy so no one struggles to mightily, but Tom Hanks looks quite nice in his jeans, thank you, provided by one of his new community college cohorts. But what makes him sexy, really sexy? Not the buns as on the throwaway "post-feminist" character of Carly Spencer in Transformers who does less in her role than women having been doing in movies since movies began. What makes him really sexy? He's a genteman. He can keep a secret. And that, just that quiet thing and the things like it are what make this movie tick. The bots are in Theatre 7 and 8 and 9, but Larry is right at home. Full Review »
  3. Jul 2, 2011
    9
    This is a fun, and in a way inspiring movie. It doesn't try to make any statements, or to be something bigger than it is. It is charmingThis is a fun, and in a way inspiring movie. It doesn't try to make any statements, or to be something bigger than it is. It is charming with friendships and people rallying around each other. It is fun to see how one guy can help a classroom come alive. It is fun to see how diverse people can accept and support someone just by liking and serving them. Something doesn't have to make some deep point to be great fun and charming. Tom is an incredibly likable guy and changes the world by making people feel better by seeing him. Full Review »