Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 31
  2. Negative: 26 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    70
    As formula films go, The Bounty Hunter is more enjoyable than most, even if it packs in as many cliches as any.
  2. In The Bounty Hunter, the couple that foils a bunch of tiresome grade-C thriller goons together stays together. Whether or not that's a recipe for love, it's certainly not a formula for romantic-comedy magic.
  3. The mishmash ends up as a thoroughly unfunny adult cartoon.
  4. Try as they might, Nicole and Milo, as they are called in the movie, don't steam. Wispy vapors is about as good as it gets.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    This dire battle-of-the-exes action-comedy severely tests audience goodwill by running an indulgent 110 minutes, crammed as it is with half-baked thriller subplots and aimless supporting characters, as if to distract from the central duo's nonstop bickering.
  6. 38
    Why, oh, why, was this movie necessary?
  7. We have to take the sexual tension on faith, as with everything in this formulaic glob of a script.
  8. Tennant aims for a contemporary version of "The Thin Man," wedding the banter of sparring spouses with sleuth work. To say that he falls short of the mark is understatement.
  9. 38
    The Bounty Hunter does give Christine Baranski, as an Atlantic City entertainer and Mama Aniston, another opportunity to enthrall us with her drag-queenliness.
  10. 38
    Aniston doesn’t bring her old A-game to this. But at least she’s not quiet and reserved and no-energy, her approach to too many roles of late. Butler makes the most of his Neanderthal rut.
  11. Even if The Bounty Hunter is more plot-driven than your standard romantic comedy, it's never quite as funny as it should be.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    30
    The script has all the spunk of Ikea-bookcase assembly instructions.
  13. 30
    For his sins poor Stewart is kidnapped, tortured and shot up with horse tranquilizer after his leg is broken. It’s disturbing, and somewhat baffling too, until you grasp that this hapless sucker is a surrogate for the audience.
  14. 30
    The only thing that Butler and Aniston have in common, however, is identical Aruba-bronze skin tones: they seem to have been sprayed with the same can.
  15. Inexplicably, Butler continues to get work in romantic comedies despite his limited range and boorish persona.
  16. 25
    Yes, it's every bit as brainless as the trailers suggest.
  17. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    25
    Works overtime for just a handful of chuckles and a few big yuks.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    That's what The Bounty Hunter has rustled up -- along with a listless rom-com, a feeble thriller and a supporting cast of clueless characters.
  19. 25
    If there's anything to like about The Bounty Hunter, it's Christine Baranski doing a Joan Rivers impersonation.
  20. A painfully contrived romantic comedy/thriller that may (or may not) have brought Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston together as a real-life couple.
  21. Perhaps tracking down the folks responsible for this film should be Milo's next assignment.
  22. 25
    None of these complaints would matter if The Bounty Hunter possessed even a smidgen of inspired comedy. It doesn't.
  23. 25
    Tennant and his actors have done the bare minimum to carry their lifeless movie past the finish line, and their apathy reads a lot like contempt.
  24. This synthetic comedy is instantly grating.
  25. Reviewed by: Lisa Rosman
    20
    You know it’s bad when a caper comedy makes you long for the Goldie Hawn–Chevy Chase showcases of yore.
  26. If "Midnight Run" and "His Girl Friday" had an unwanted, mutant baby, it would be The Bounty Hunter, a romantic comedy where the jokes sputter and die immediately after exiting the character’s mouths.
  27. 20
    A comedy of remarriage that makes divorce look like a state of grace.
  28. 12
    Someday, The Bounty Hunter and last month’s “Cop Out” will be featured in a cable movie double bill as the two worst 1988 films of 2010.
  29. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    12
    Slack when it should be tight, dull when it needs to be sharp, The Bounty Hunter represents a failed attempt to make an Elmore Leonard movie without having to pay Elmore Leonard money.
  30. 0
    Barely worthy of a legitimate theatrical release.
  31. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    0
    At points, the film sinks below the level of competent.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 28
  2. Negative: 21 out of 28
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    2
    Oh my god, what is this? "The Bounty Hunter" isn't even a rom-com movie with guy catches girl and girl catches guy thing. It's a movie that is filled with idiotic dialogue and stupid-ass acting. A true movie goer will know what I mean. Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2011
    1
    Okay The Bounty Hunter is a premise that shouldn't have been put to screen in the first place, but then you got Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston and you think maybe. Then you watch it they have simply no chemistry and the film is so badly written it isn't funny. It isn't bad enough to be good. I give this movie 13%. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2013
    1
    God, I hope Ms. Anniston and Mr. Butler should've just started action movies or a drama instead of wasteless piece of crap are Jennifer Anniston rom-coms. Can we please get a "Friends" movie or something because you are way spending too much money on these Gucci shoes? I really don't like Jennifer Anniston and it's time for her to give it up because "The Bounty Hunter" is one of the most absolute drenched-up movies of all time. Full Review »