Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 13, 2012
    60
    Mohan should have made a little more effort for us. Another pass at the screenplay probably would have done it. But one gets the sense he's already moved on to the next thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 5, 2012
    50
    Everyone in the cast (including Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber, and Caplan's Party Down colleague Martin Starr) is talented enough to deserve a stronger story line than this.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 9, 2012
    75
    Save The Date's achievements are modest - it could be funnier and more affecting, and it ends with a shrug - but the film is wise about sibling relationships, the uncertainty of youth, and smaller matters, like the way people relate to each other after a break-up.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 13, 2012
    58
    This is still a pretty familiar journey that's easier to pity than hate -- much like Caplan's character.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 11, 2012
    50
    Unremarkable, thinly sketched characters, many adorned with creative careers or hobbies, populate the romantic dramedy Save the Date, yet another unfocused movie about generic relationship quandaries.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 13, 2012
    70
    A slim but likeable little romantic comedy that feels like a sweeter cousin of HBO's Girls.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    Save the Date has the vapid, beige feel of an off-the-peg product made to exploit a niche market rather than a film with something on its mind about what it means to make the jump from youth to adulthood today.
  8. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 14, 2012
    50
    While Caplan works well in theory as an antiromantic-comedy heroine, director and co-screenwriter Michael Mohan just doesn't give her enough to do.
  9. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Dec 13, 2012
    50
    The reunion of Ms. Caplan and Mr. Starr, cast mates on Starz network's "Party Down," seemed intriguing. That series, though, with all the fizz and social comedy that this movie lacks, was a better showcase for them.
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Dec 13, 2012
    70
    Sarah spends her downtime drawing her friends and family in her sketchbook - the art is by Brown - and the figures she makes are not stylized or caricatured but just well-observed, scruffier versions of real life. It's fitting that those same drawings adorn the opening and closing credits of this sweet and sympathetic movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Dec 17, 2012
    80
    Save the Date works best when it's getting under your skin, and it does that when it's capturing the queasy halfway point - part sadistic, part bittersweet - of still loving somebody while trying to move on to someone new. It's a kind of subtlety that movies, especially American movies, rarely do well, but this quietly unassuming, secretly brilliant little charmer nails it.
  12. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 14, 2012
    70
    Mohan's film may not manage anything out of the ordinary, but it does present a convincingly contemporary depiction of relationships and dating when the goalposts have been moved, or when we're at least trying to pretend they have.
  13. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 14, 2012
    60
    Charismatic performers Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie lend the lightweight rom-com Save the Date more than its fair share of watchability. But the film is never truly interesting.
  14. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Dec 12, 2012
    25
    What's worst about the film is how it appropriates its main character's noncommittal selfishness to support its own quaint, anti-establishment themes.
  15. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 11, 2012
    40
    Whether it's Caplan and Webber trading goofy dance moves or Brie being perkily OCD-ridden, Date works best as a collection of winsome, unconnected vignettes; its ideal distribution model would be piece by piece on YouTube.
  16. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Dec 4, 2012
    50
    Short on both romance and humor.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 4, 2012
    50
    The film features a lead performance by Lizzy Caplan, who might be mistaken here for a graduate of the Zooey Deschanel School of Dramatic Arts.

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