Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
  1. Pungent, funny, and surprisingly forceful.
  2. Disturbingly lightweight and emotionally risk-free.
  3. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    63
    Too easily, and predictably, resolves itself.
  4. Doesn't live up to the promise of its trailers.
  5. 63
    Another one of those high-gloss treatments of domestic strife that want to have it both ways. Sitcom-slick, melodrama-edgy.
  6. A squirmy mix of therapy-session slogans, pop psychobabble, and lots of crying, yelling and pouting on the part of its two stars, who appear in various alarming hairpieces.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Conspicuously short on the kind of texture that makes us feel we're watching real people living real lives.
  8. I scratched my head in wonder as to why this pair of one-dimensional characters couldn't find happiness in such a shallow story.
  9. 50
    Turns into a bogus drivel courtesy of a sitcom monster.
  10. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    50
    Snappily directed and edited, and there are moments of funny acting...but the script is all homiletic commonplaces, in quip form, and the wisdom is both stale and dubious.
  11. 50
    Tries so hard to push all the pre-ordained buttons, and it's so anxious to be liked, nay, adored, that it left me sullen and uninvolved instead.
  12. Wants to be an honest look at the problems that can beset a modern marriage, and be funny at the same time, but it doesn't have the skills or the temperament to pull all that off.
  13. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    50
    The stylistic devices used, which recall early Woody Allen and Paul Mazursky, get increasingly tedious, disrupting not only the sequence of events but also squelching audience sympathy for the protagonists.
  14. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    50
    Willis and Pfeiffer do manage to keep you awake, but you're essentially watching your own marriage up there. And you don't need to pay a sitter to do that.
  15. Conveys an almost pulseless Nora Ephron style of homespun wisdom.
  16. 40
    Slick and glib when it means to be profound yet ruefully witty; its rhythms are pure sitcom, complete with emotional rimshots.
  17. Merry witticisms collide with empty clichés, leaving these characters with little trace of realism.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    A skim-milk version of a yuppie romance.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    Mostly the movie is like the marriage: good casting, golden promise, yet somehow a grating ordeal.
  20. 38
    Never makes the Jordans' tribulations feel like anything more than yuppie angst.
  21. You can get all of this free on television any week, so why pay for it?
  22. 34
    This is a second-rate Woody Allen midlife crisis comedy without the laughs.
  23. 30
    Fragmented and contrived, like a badly mapped-out scrapbook.
  24. 30
    The wet blanket of undigested autobiography lies all over Rob Reiner's excruciating new opus about a marriage winding down into terminal atrophy.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    30
    So bland and un-lived in you want to pour Tabasco all over the screen.
  26. The script...and Rob Reiner's direction...bristle with phoniness.
  27. 25
    A sad-sack movie about the misery of a married couple who fight most of the time. Watching it is like taking a long trip in a small car with the Bickersons.
  28. Audiences may want their own speedy divorce from this irritating collection of stale jokes, pointless vulgarities, and warmed-over clichés.
  29. The movie's most inexcusable failing is that, despite all the flashbacks, we never get a sense of what this relationship was like when it worked.
  30. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    20
    Maudlin, irritating marital drama.
  31. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    20
    Though it sets out to explain why this marriage is worth saving, The Story of Us could prompt even single members of the audience to file for divorce.
  32. Folks, I really feel that seeing this one for you is the movie critic's equivalent of jumping on the grenade to save your lives. Send me medals.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 23, 2013
    5
    The Story of Us is one of those movies, where the title tells you everything you need to know about the movie. I am by no means a fan of these sappy romantic comedies, however I do sometimes go out of my comfort zone for a movie that has a great cast. Bruce Willis is easily one of my favorite actors and having seen almost everything he's done, I rented this. What can I say? It's the story about meeting your soul mate, getting married, and the ups downs associated with family life. There are no surprises and there is nothing special here. I didn't find the movie particularly funny and even at 96 minutes, it still felt very long. If you're into these sappy romantic comedies, you might like it, you might not. I was just indifferent too it. The Story of Us didn't impress me, but I didn't hate it either. Full Review »