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  • Summary: Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. (Universal Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 26, 2012
    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: Simon Braund
    Jun 17, 2012
    Another solid hit from Planet Apatow - charming, funny and remarkably in tune with real life.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 25, 2012
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 19, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 26, 2012
    Drags and sags at 124 minutes. Luckily, the movie never runs on sitcom empty. How could it, with a terrific cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Apr 27, 2012
    Where "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" frolicked on the beach, this amiable but underachieving comedy just sort of blobs on the couch.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 26, 2012
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  1. Sep 5, 2012
    Finally, a romantic comedy which does not take the same ol story template and puts whatever pretty boy face on the cover. very original writing and mature. EG. how many romantic comedies to you watch where their career actually has any influence on the story? Expand
  2. May 5, 2012
    This was an extremely funny movie. Jason Segel's writing was brilliant and his acting matched it. Emily Blunt was delightful. Not quite as funny as Bridesmaids, but close. The movie may have been a little long but it was so funny that I didn't care. A must see. Expand
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    Does a lot of coasting at a lengthy 130 minutes, but Segel and Stoller's show makes up for the drag by breaking up the filler with heartfelt humor and hilarity. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2013
    This type of romcom is new, and feels very fresh. It has very little movie clich├ęs in it, and tries to avoid them completely. Instead, it goes for being different and quirky, and somewhat funny. The story and plot points are weak in the middle, but the beginning and end are definitely worth it. Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2012
    I like Jason Segel, and I think Emily Blunt is fantastic in this movie. On paper this movie should have been a lot better, but clocking in over two hours?! This film is dragged out far too long and there's really very little to be excited about, or laugh at. The jokes are few and far between and around the one hour mark I just wanted it to be over. Cut about 40 minutes out and it could be a lot more solid. Expand
  6. May 14, 2012
    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. Collapse
  7. Jun 21, 2012
    More like the Five-Year Coma. Boring and depressing characters and dialogue, made worse by the fact that most of the movie is set in the perma-depressed, Detroit. Expand

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