Serendipity

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  • Summary: They met by chance and spent the perfect night together. Now, before it's too late, they have one last chance to find out if what might have been could still be. (Miramax Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Serendipity has no business working, but it does. And by the way, Eugene Levy has no business almost stealing the show, but he does, too.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    Serendipity is "Sliding Doors" with no alternate versions; it's willed enchantment all the way.
  3. 70
    Serendipity leaves one with a pleasant feeling few films generate: that of wanting more.
  4. Contrived and schematic, Peter Chelsom's film is a mechanical bird that never takes wing.
  5. Serendipity already feels archaic, like some dusty relic that's been unearthed from an antique store's attic and polished off for display.
  6. The pace is brisk and the details are carefully arranged, but there's no sparkle -- and what's a romance without that?
  7. 20
    Does romantic comedy have to come off as sugared stupidity? It does here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Eliza
    Oct 30, 2007
    10
    It is wonderful romantic story. It is my favorite love story. Advice to everyone who still trust in true Love.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    I watched this movie... how many times? 20? 30? And everytime I always feel the same magic feelings...
  3. Oct 3, 2013
    10
    If you are looking for a rom-com genre film with a twist, Serendipity is your film. With a wonderful use of light, design, and scene set up,If you are looking for a rom-com genre film with a twist, Serendipity is your film. With a wonderful use of light, design, and scene set up, a person feels the passage of time and feels immersed in the settings. The screenplay practically pops off screen with the chemistry of Cusack and Beckinsale. A true hit for any night of chick flicks! Expand
  4. StaceyG.
    Sep 4, 2006
    9
    Imagine trying to bake a perfect cake with layers of chocolate and vanilla. But the cake will be nothing more than a forgettable, fattening Imagine trying to bake a perfect cake with layers of chocolate and vanilla. But the cake will be nothing more than a forgettable, fattening dessert unless it is cooked at the exact set temperature. Even with old ingredients, 'Serendipity' was cooked perfectly. It comes out of the oven with the candles already on it, and they're lit, too. 'Serendipity' is a movie with so much heart and bold honesty that you just might like it. Romantic comedies are not meant to be good or memorable beyond a few sparked daydreams, but once Cusack and Beckinsale click in front of the camera they click on screen, and when snow falls and lips lock everything else falls into place. It's as if the film were a tapestry of events and characters that was meant to be viewed right when you thought a romantic comedy could never be a total success, just to prove you wrong. Beckinsale and Cusack Are Jonathan and Sarah, two people who fall in love by doing nothing more peculiar than visiting a department store. They are not the perfect people romantic comedies often portray the 'featured' couple to be. Jonathan and Sarah are just a nice pair trying to make sense of a life changing night. The characters never seem as if actors play them. They seem to be as caught up in their romance as we are. Jeremy Piven plays a better 'sidekick' to Cusack than even Vince Vaughn did to Owen Wilson in "Wedding Crashers." The script is so refreshing that when it's funny you forget it has a romantic base and when it is romantic you forget it is meant to be funny, as well. The romance is like the center of a flower while the comedy-centered moments are pretty pedals. Everything in the film seems proud and charming. When 'Serendipity' ends and you realize (and admit) it found a way to hide your logical views on love for a few hours, you will ponder just how the movie managed so much charm. Is it the directing, the writing, the acting, the soundtrack? Not really. It's in how they mix. It's how when the movie has the perfect actors it also knows when to have them say a perfect line at a perfect moment while the perfect music plays off camera. 'Serendipity' might have its flaws and it will never be more than a romantic comedy, but it's a really good one and everyone involved with the project seems to know that. It's like the charming little novel that is always eager to be taken off the shelf and read. Collapse
  5. Jun 10, 2016
    7
    A cute and charming romantic comedy, Serendipity may be typical, but is still a delightfully magical experience. John Cusack and KateA cute and charming romantic comedy, Serendipity may be typical, but is still a delightfully magical experience. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale are well matched in this charming little romance film from director Peter Chelsom. Though a bit outlandish, it does pose interesting questions regarding fate/destiny vs free will. Plus, who cares when the romance itself is believable and so damn charming? Plus, they both turn in solid performances in the film as is typical for two talented actors. Now, the biggest problems here are its outlandishness and conventional approach, but those are not fatal flaws as the film is enjoyable, funny, and charming, in spite of its conventional approach. Plus, its arguments about fate/destiny and free will are quite interesting and engaging. Overall, Serendipity works. Expand
  6. CassianJ.
    Jan 3, 2008
    7
    When Jonathon randomly bumps into Sarah in a department store whilst both trying to purchase the same pair of gloves an instant bond is When Jonathon randomly bumps into Sarah in a department store whilst both trying to purchase the same pair of gloves an instant bond is formed. Sarah has a great believe in fate and takes Jonathon for some food at her favourite café Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2015
    1
    I got to say, this was one of the most cliche movie I have ever seen. And I've seen a lot of romantic movies that are cliche, but this oneI got to say, this was one of the most cliche movie I have ever seen. And I've seen a lot of romantic movies that are cliche, but this one stands up among it's piers. The story is incredible predictable, if you see 10 minutes of it, you're pretty sure of whats going to happen. On another topic, the protagonists are selfish persons who destroy others people lives just because of a hunch that in real life would make them lonely and miserable. And that's how I wished them to be at the end. Expand

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