Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. 75
    This is a full-bore, PG-rated, sweet rom-com. It sticks to the track, makes all the scheduled stops and bears us triumphantly to the station. And it is populated by colorful characters, but then, when was the last time you saw a boring Irishman in a movie?
  2. Leap Year could have used more pizzazz.
  3. Fortunately, there's enough charisma in those doe eyes -- to narrowly rescue the featherweight Leap Year from becoming a full-blown case of Erin-go-blah.
  4. Amy Adams is such a likable actress that she makes the romantic comedy Leap Year worth watching even though we’ve seen it all before.
  5. Usually Amy Adams can work all kinds of magic with her wide-eyed gaze and wistful smile. But these attributes aren't assets here, they are distancing devices.
  6. Virtually every word and plot turn is insincere, manufactured, unfelt and dishonest, and its portrayal of people demonstrates either an ignorance of human behavior or a disdain for truth.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Where it should be light and graceful, Leap Year trips and thuds.
  8. 50
    We believe the dislike at the onset but not the romance at the payoff. And that's a major flaw.
  9. 50
    The "Made of Honor" screenwriters don't deliver enough jokes or feisty exchanges between the ill-matched traveling companions.
  10. In Hollywood, it’s all about the concept, and some studio executive must have thought it would be fun to watch Adams slogging around in the Irish mud. Unfortunately, there’s no accounting for taste.
  11. A by-the-numbers romantic comedy as predictable as it is cloying.
  12. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    As modern rom-coms go, this is trite but relatively painless.
  13. 42
    There isn’t a spontaneous or unpredictable moment in this loving, perversely reverent homage to rom-com, road-movie, and mismatched-romance conventions.
  14. An uneven romantic comedy that feels as fresh as a hunk of week-old soda bread.
  15. Nobody here brings their A-game, denying us the pleasure of what Adams and director Anand Tucker could create together.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Leap Year belongs to the Prada backlash subgenre of women's pictures--epitomized by "The Proposal"--in which smart, stylish women must be muddied, abased, ridiculed, and degraded in order to get their man.
  17. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Pleasant enough overall, if also somewhat gratingly old-fashioned.
  18. The scenery's nice. But once you've said the scenery's nice, you're no longer talking about a movie worth talking about.
  19. 38
    Rent "Enchanted" with Adams, and watch Goode as Colin Firth's boyfriend in his other current movie, "A Single Man."
  20. 38
    It’s unclear what Amy Adams did to deserve Leap Year, but all that’s missing from the movie is a set of jailhouse bars over her scenes.
  21. 30
    If only Leap Year were an anomaly, the kind of picture that comes along only once every four years. Instead, it's yet more evidence that romantic comedies are only getting worse.
  22. 25
    Rich in cliché and brimming with the sort of potent idiocy that can only be found in January-release romantic comedies, Leap Year manages to do every possible thing wrong.
  23. At least Adams and Goode are always watchable, even when you occasionally feel embarrassed for them.
  24. On the plus side, the Irish landscape is gorgeous, and Scott and John Lithgow are amusing in small roles. But Goode barely makes an effort, so Adams' frantic exertions feel especially disheartening
  25. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Rubbish. Irish eyes will be hard pressed to grimace, let alone smile.
  26. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Why, pray tell, do we not get a four-year break between generic, charmless and sexist rom-coms like this on our side of the pond?
  27. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    A retread of just about every rom-com cliche ever turned.
  28. 10
    What makes Leap Year so singularly dispiriting is precisely that it is bad without distinction -- so witless, charmless and unimaginative that it can be described as a movie only in a strictly technical sense.
  29. 0
    This film is unquestionably the most unromantic and downright despairing romcom since "Made of Honor" or, possibly, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Dec 8, 2012
    While I'm okay with this film and Amy Adams is my favorite actress, I must admit that this is not one of her best films. It's okay at best, typical rom-com. Full Review »
  2. Lyn
    Feb 26, 2011
    Think of the dumbest Jennifer Aniston "romantic comedy" you've seen. This one is dumber. What a waste of the lovely Amy Adams -- with unfunny slapstick, a senseless plot and no chemistry at all between the leads. I wasn't expecting much, but thought that a little Irish scenery might at least make it somewhat enjoyable. I was wrong. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2010
    Although predictable and a little dry, it does display Ireland's beautiful countryside and Adams and Goode are charming in their roles but deserve better. Full Review »