Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 26, 2012
    88
    As in last year's "Bridesmaids," an authentic, dimensional human element animates the jokes and the characters with whom we spend a couple of highly satisfying hours.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 25, 2012
    83
    A lovely, sweet, funny, romantic, and supremely worthwhile endeavor that unfortunately takes longer to wrap up than it should.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 25, 2012
    83
    A lively, original, and scattershot-hilarious ramble of a Judd Apatow production.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 21, 2012
    80
    As for Violet, Emily Blunt brings to the role genuine sympathy, and she continues to thaw out the ice-queen hauteur of her earlier movies.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    Jun 17, 2012
    80
    Another solid hit from Planet Apatow - charming, funny and remarkably in tune with real life.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Apr 27, 2012
    80
    Feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 27, 2012
    80
    Perhaps the best thing about The Five-Year Engagement is that it signals a touch of maturity creeping into the House of Apatow.
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 27, 2012
    80
    Blunt has never been more relaxed, and she and Segel have a believably warm chemistry. It's also nice to find a romantic comedy with so much respect for both its leads.
  9. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 25, 2012
    78
    Stoller and Segel don't shy away from rational, relatable adults, which may be an unsexy selling point for a romantic comedy, but that attention to authenticity elevates the likable, low-stakes The Five-Year Engagement.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 27, 2012
    75
    I was expecting something raunchier. Instead, what we have here is a wistful, somewhat overextended but occasionally sweet comedy about a couple that can't – in more ways than one – quite get it together.
  11. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 27, 2012
    75
    It makes you laugh and eagerly wish for a happy ending without any preachy soul-searching. As a bonus, it's got a Van Morrison-friendly soundtrack, and the trailers haven't revealed the best parts.
  12. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 27, 2012
    75
    It might not have as many gut-busting laughs as "Bridesmaids,'' but there are still plenty - and for once in Apatow's phallocentric universe, most of them don't come at the expense of female characters.
  13. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 26, 2012
    75
    For the most part, The Five-Year Engagement has charm and emotion.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 26, 2012
    75
    It's not impossible to address grown-up issues of commitment, of responsibility, of love, and have some fun, and some profanity, while you're at it.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 25, 2012
    75
    The film proves that neither gross-out gags nor pseudo-sophisticated Woody Allenisms are necessary to make a smart, funny comedy.
  16. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 30, 2012
    70
    It's a seize-the-day movie, even though the day is a long time coming. [7 May 2012, p.80]
  17. 70
    A charming, funny, reactionary mating comedy.
  18. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 26, 2012
    70
    The Five-Year Engagement dutifully hits the marks of its genre, but it is also about the unpredictability of life and the everyday challenges of love. The sensitivity and honesty with which it addresses those matters is a pleasant surprise.
  19. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 26, 2012
    70
    The Five-Year Engagement is, for a movie in which a guy fakes an orgasm and (in a separate incident) stuffs a dead deer in his car's sunroof, very grown-up.
  20. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 19, 2012
    70
    Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel's latest collaboration offers a more relatable rom-com scenario while generating laughs that should still satisfy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" fans.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 27, 2012
    63
    The problem is one of tone. The Five Year Engagement, despite its serious thesis, tries desperately to be funny. Some of the comedic material provokes laughter and some doesn't, but nearly all of it feels wrong.
  22. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Apr 27, 2012
    63
    There are enough F-bombs, a couple of chopped-off appendages and a flash of gratuitous male nudity to earn an R rating. But fans of producer Judd Apatow would expect nothing less.
  23. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 26, 2012
    63
    I liked The Five-Year Engagement, and then I didn't, and then I did.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 26, 2012
    63
    Drags and sags at 124 minutes. Luckily, the movie never runs on sitcom empty. How could it, with a terrific cast.
  25. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 26, 2012
    63
    Five-Year Engagement alternates between realistic scenes of couples bickering and broad character farce, and the two halves mesh uneasily.
  26. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 25, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, stretching things out dilutes the charms of Segel and Blunt, which are considerable.
  27. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 30, 2012
    50
    Apatow hates leaving anything on the cutting room floor. You could excise entire chunks of The Five-Year Engagement - the donut experiments at college, a couple of wise soliloquies, most of the stuff involving Violet's sister (Alison Brie) - and never miss a beat.
  28. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Apr 27, 2012
    50
    Where "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" frolicked on the beach, this amiable but underachieving comedy just sort of blobs on the couch.
  29. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    A lot more cutting would have made this movie much funnier – but it should have taken place in the editing room, not on the screen.
  30. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    In many ways, "Engagement" reflects both the best and worst of Stoller and Segel's creative collaborations.
  31. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    The story starts out well, then becomes contrived and goes on too long.
  32. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    Comedy means different things to different people, but I'm pretty sure that most everyone agrees that it's best when it's quick and funny. The Five-Year Engagement is neither.
  33. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 19, 2012
    50
    It puts Emily Blunt in a wedding dress, which will appease the hopeless romantics in the house, even while making the institution of marriage seem ridiculously obsolete.
  34. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Apr 26, 2012
    40
    Five-Year has comic bloat. Virtually every character gets their own moment of stand up, but in most cases, the bits aren't funny enough to warrant the screen time.
  35. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 25, 2012
    40
    It's the sheer lack of investment one feels for the couple that truly sabotages the film.
  36. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Apr 24, 2012
    40
    There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than a throwaway line, at least adds a bit of political reality to puncture Nicholas Stoller's limp, hermetic comedy of deferred nuptials.
  37. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 24, 2012
    40
    This is the same old safe, sappy movie that shows up on TBS every weekend.
  38. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 26, 2012
    20
    Sometime around what I guessed to be the one-hour mark in The Five-Year Engagement, I checked my watch and honestly thought the battery had given out. Five years doesn't begin to tell the interminable tale.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. May 14, 2012
    3
    Blunt and Segel are both very good. I see them both being very successful in both comedy and drama. They are both in the select category of actors who act with their entire faces. Many of the supporting actors were quite good as well. Sadly, the film wastes their considerable talent. The film is just too full of raunch with no good explanation why. Too few truly funny scenes and way too many ugly, raunchy, awkward scenes which added nothing to a good story idea, only made the movie too long. Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2012
    7
    I found myself laughing HARD at many lines and situations throughout this film. It's not the most original story, but I love the way the writers and directors really put out for laughs. They dwell on the funny and the pervers, and it pays off. The lead actors are solid, but the variety and skill of the very broad supporting cast truly made the film. So yes, I definitely recommend the film - just don't expect Wedding Crashers, Old School, or even Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Just go in ready to laugh at some off-center humor. Full Review »
  3. Jan 11, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Five-Year Engagement is surprisingly a decent movie.I`t had a bunch of funny lines. Personally I loved when they made fun of him for moving from San Fran to Michigan, cause really who would want to be a Chef in Michigan when you was one in San Fran. Full Review »