Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    One of the year's most winning performances, Logue's Dex will grow on you as he stumbles toward emotional fullness.
  2. 100
    Logue hits every note of humor and heart in his breakthrough role. Don't miss him. He's that good.
  3. 100
    A constant, idiosyncratic pleasure that leaves us eager to see what the Goodmans and Logue will do next.
  4. It's a tiny, sunny character study about a fat guy who's an unlikely chick magnet. And as such it's a pip.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    An offbeat delight.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Went down like a slice of warm pecan pie topped with two scoops of Ben and Jerry's Bovinity Divinity.
  7. Wise, funny, sweet, sexy and kind.
  8. 90
    Warmhearted, wonderfully witty.
  9. An ideal antidote to the big-budget bores that studios put out in late summer, The Tao of Steve is a charming, funny and refreshingly smart Gen-X romantic comedy in the tradition of "When Harry Met Sally" - with the bonus of an engagingly laid-back Southwestern flavor.
  10. 75
    One of the things I like about the movie is the wit of its dialogue, the way sentences and conversations coil with confidence up to a conclusion that is totally unexpected.
  11. Logue's magnetic performance is the movie's main virtue, supported by a good secondary cast and a sharply written screenplay.
  12. Outside of the leads, the acting is uneven, but The Tao of Steve has an unquenchable playful spirit.
  13. Loose, eminently likable stuff.
  14. A modest but charming romantic comedy.
  15. This quirky, winning sleeper from first-time director Jenniphr Goodman has its pokey moments, but it's no insult to say that it is as pleasantly easygoing as its slacker hero.
  16. A welcome anomaly - a shallow hero you root for.
  17. 75
    The picture is Logue's entirely, and without him, it might not be worth a visit.
  18. Like most films in this overworked genre, it's as formulaic in its own way as a John Wayne western, and the characters and situations all have a gnawing predictability about them.
  19. 70
    So adorable you don't ever mind that the story's so slight it's in danger of shriveling up and blowing away, or that it drags a little in the middle.
  20. Since the narrative's destination is awkwardly obvious, and the tone occasionally melts into a sticky-sweet mess like cotton candy in the sun, the movie is most often saved by its generous helpings of clever dialogue.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A crowd pleaser, but there's something a bit prim and pre-determined about its conclusions.
  22. 70
    Can't redeem the moves toward its predictable happy ending. But the movie has a protagonist who has a great time getting there.
  23. 63
    The problem is that we never see Dex employing the Steve technique to bed a female.
  24. The vibe is acoustic-cafe: cute, catchy and ironic given its wimpy point of view.
  25. Far too clever for its own good.
  26. 40
    It's the kind of film you feel like watching twice -- not because you found it that engaging to begin with, but because you didn't, and everyone else did.
  27. 40
    Can any American filmmaker other than the Farrellys make a rom-com in which the principals engage in activities apart from the tiresomely tireless dissection of rom?
  28. 40
    The clunky plot is set in Santa Fe, and includes a foil character who might as well wear a sign on his forehead.
  29. 30
    It's amazing that anyone still thinks this kind of shit can fly.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. EricS
    Dec 6, 2009
    I'd seen Donal Logue in a few bit parts before catching Tao, and I've been a huge fan ever since. A great film that entertains I'd seen Donal Logue in a few bit parts before catching Tao, and I've been a huge fan ever since. A great film that entertains while delivering a clear message. Full Review »