Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Contains more than its share of implausibilities and absurdities.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard M. Porton
    30
    Even the always radiant Linney can't save this misbegotten film.
  3. 75
    Fascinating because it require us to see the younger character through two sets of eyes -- our own, which witness an attractive woman drawn to a younger male, and the women's, which see a lost love in a new container.
  4. Ultimately, p.s. confirms Kidd's talent without expanding it or achieving the comic/dramatic heights of "Roger Dodger."
  5. The offbeat screenplay turns even the corny bits in unpredictable directions, and it's rare indeed to see such consistently superb ensemble acting.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    70
    There is still plenty to like about p.s. , including its smart humor and its surprising ability to absorb.
  7. The movie implodes, with each actor less vivid than he or she ought to be and each character less connected to the others than necessary for such an arbitrary plot.
  8. 50
    This sappy stuff gets better direction by Kidd (who made the far superior Roger Dodger) than it deserves, and Linney gives a wonderfully wistful portrayal of urban loneliness.
  9. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    70
    Once you get beyond the absurdity of the premise, it works.
  10. Its premise had me worn out by the second reel.
  11. 50
    All movies require suspension of disbelief to a certain degree, but p.s. really pushes the envelope.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    Director Dylan Kidd sneaks some pretty profound observations about love and life by us.
  13. 75
    An intriguing and satisfying romance that may hold some appeal even for those who normally do not like films about affairs of the heart.
  14. 75
    P.S., adapted from Helen Schulman's novel, is Linney's show, and she makes it hilarious and haunting.
  15. Goes disappointingly soft despite two dynamite lead performances.
  16. Wanders off on story tangents that can't be called anything other than bizarre, but nevertheless oddly engages.
  17. 60
    While not dwelling on plot eventually gets P.S. in trouble during the slack finale, it gives Linney and Grace plenty of room to maneuver.
  18. Reviewed by: Rebecca Caldwell
    50
    P.S.'s ending, a cautiously happy conclusion, feels like an afterthought.
  19. A meticulously rendered romantic drama, very well acted and featuring solid production values and location work that makes New York feel like one of the movie's characters. The only problem is the story is rather flat.
  20. What's disheartening is that an actress as fine as Ms. Linney has to endure the indignity of such excremental nonsense.
  21. 60
    The film is based on the novel by Helen Schulman, who co-wrote the script with Kidd, and it suffers from the same hobbling that bedevils so many literary adaptations; namely, that what strikes a reader as a conceit of some delicacy will strike a moviegoer as clunking whimsy.
  22. 50
    Grace fares better than Linney, and both escape with more dignity than Harden, whose blowsy, wanton Missy is a coarse, soap-opera caricature of a suburban hoyden.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Linney remains a full-blooded character so memorable that she's worth watching - even in a less-than-memorable movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Laura Linney’s beautiful performance is most of the story in p.s.
  25. The question of whether this is a movie about reincarnation or fate or middle-aged delusion remains unaddressed far beyond our capacity to care. Many of the admirably long conversational scenes are pointless; some, like Harden and Linney's climactic bitch-fest in a hotel room, are flat-out absurd.
  26. Even though the story ultimately doesn't match the intensity with which it began, the movie's extraordinary for its two main performances.
  27. Reviewed by: Teresa Wiltz
    70
    Somehow, wondrous acting holds things together.

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