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  • Summary: A sweet and funny tale of romance across the net between an unlucky wild card player (Bettany) and an American star (Dunst) at Wimbledon. (Universal)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. A sports movie with a quick wit, uncommon grace and a romantic soul.
  2. Nothing more than amiable fluff, yet Bettany infuses it with a brazen dash of reality. You believe in him, even when you don't quite believe in the movie.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    A bit of a philosophical muddle, but the climactic tennis scenes are galvanically convincing, with some long, nerve-racking volleys. And the rest of the picture works as "Notting Hill" (1999) with balls--and rackets.
  4. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    60
    Bettany, previously best known as a supporting player, shoulders the burden of a Hugh Grant-style romantic lead surprisingly well, revealing an offbeat charm.
  5. Surprisingly, the weak link is Dunst, who's previously been the delight of all her movies.
  6. 50
    The perfect movie for 14-year-old girls having a slumber party, and a must for everyone else to avoid.
  7. 50
    There's no script to speak of, just two appealing actors volleying comic-romantic cliches at each other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Lez
    Oct 18, 2007
    10
    It lacks plenty of things, but this is certainly a romance movie, and you can feel every bit of it.
  2. mickeyt.
    Dec 6, 2005
    9
    Simple but sooo effective, like any solid rom-com i love tennis, and i love the constant buzz the film has... not too in your face, but still Simple but sooo effective, like any solid rom-com i love tennis, and i love the constant buzz the film has... not too in your face, but still lively thruout... Actually quite subtle in places, and great on re-viewing... S.e.e. T.h.i.s .F.i.l.m. Expand
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    6
    As somebody with only a passing interest in the game of tennis, I must admit to finding this movie quite enjoyable. It was nice to seeAs somebody with only a passing interest in the game of tennis, I must admit to finding this movie quite enjoyable. It was nice to see somebody other than Hugh Grant play the awkward English gentleman and the chemistry between Bettany and Dunst is believable. I felt the supporting cast we not really given enough screen time to properly develop but this does not detract from the main storyline which proceeds along at a nice pace. A typical rom-com but one that is well worth a watch. Expand

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