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The Rebound (2009)

The Rebound


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 2


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 30,813


Movie Info

Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a fortyish mother of two who must start her life over when her husband wants a divorce. She moves to New York City with her two children and hires a nanny (Justin Bartha), but eventually the younger man proves to be a genuine romantic possibility for the lonely divorcee. Directed by Bart Freundlich. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

R (for language, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Bart Freundlich
In Theaters:
Feb 7, 2012
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Critic Reviews for The Rebound

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (14) | DVD (2)

Saddling two game actors with a tone-deaf, charmless script, the film makes recent J.Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan look like Billy Wilder in comparison.

Full Review… | November 9, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The romantic trials of two wealthy, good-looking people, whose only barriers to happiness are their own petty insecurities, become tedious, and it's not helped by some stilted dialogue and awkward, mannered performances.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

...a thoroughly (and consistently) misguided piece of work that has almost nothing truthful or relevant to say about relationships.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Poor writing and inconsistencies sink this film. Let's hope that Zeta-Jones and Bartha can rebound.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Although it bears the marks of studio intervention, much of the blame remains firmly with Freundlich, who's incapable of arranging a single honest moment in this uncomfortable, frightfully strained creation.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012

An unromantic comedy that gets down and dirty.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010

The Rebound is largely character-driven, which is more than a lot of romantic films can vouch for.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

The Rebound offers up surprisingly nice characters (too nice, you could argue) and a modest charm that compensates for a lack of big laughs or much suspense.

Full Review… | July 26, 2010
Daily Express

Another faintly insulting rom-com promoting a marketing man's idea of what women really want from movies...

Full Review… | July 26, 2010

Laughs are in short supply, and Mr Freundlich resorts to gross-out lavatory humour that's an unnecessary concession to youthful audiences who wouldn't like this movie anyway.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Sun Online

Why is a movie that's trying to evoke some of the cool metropolitanism of late-'70s Woody Allen so rammed with hoary gags about New York being awash with transvestites and homeless flashers?

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Thanks to a mischievous humour and charming leads, it's surprisingly enjoyable. More Zeta-Jones rom-coms, please.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Empire Magazine

There is much about The Rebound that does not work, but you can't help giving it some credit for attempting to roam slightly outside the scope of most rom-coms, even if it can't entirely pull it off.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010

There are a few funny lines - especially when she goes on a cringey date with a slimy chiropractor - but there are also too many unlikely scenarios and clunky dialogue.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Birmingham Post

The positives of The Rebound vastly outweigh the minor criticisms. It's also not afraid to adopt a sudden tonal shift at a key juncture of the plot, which works fairly well.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Digital Spy

ven slap-bang in the middle of the worst year for romcoms in living memory, The Rebound deserves a special boot up the backside for its raging incompetence.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
News of the World

It's not side-splittingly funny, or exactly emotionally trenchant, but Zeta-Jones and Bartha are both decidedly charming, even if there's a notable lack of sexual chemistry between them.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Radio Times

Zeta-Jones is always fun when she's bad, but she still hasn't found the right leading man to bring out her cuddly side.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Sky Movies

Watchable romantic comedy, enlivened by good dialogue, strong performances and likeable characters, though it occasionally struggles to find the right tone and is let down by a hideously contrived ending.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Rebound

A bit lame, but something to watch free on TV, so no complaints. Couldn't relate to CZJ's mother character, but she looks attractive and gets into a few mildly amusing situations. The young guy is also pleasant to look at, but they are highly unconvincing together. It's not quite as creepy as Jack Nicholson and a younger woman, as CZJ does look reasonably good for her age, but it's still slightly off. Didn't hate it, but it's a bit average.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Wonderful sweet movie. Justin Bartha is just soooo cute, and funny! This is what a romantic comedy should be like...lots of chuckles, charm and heartwarming moments.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


An average Rom-Com, has a few funny moments, and likable characters.

Dean !

Super Reviewer



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