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The Rebound

The Rebound (2009)


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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


Comedy, Romance

Bart Freundlich

Feb 7, 2012

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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.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comment (1)
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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...a thoroughly (and consistently) misguided piece of work that has almost nothing truthful or relevant to say about relationships.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

An unromantic comedy that gets down and dirty.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
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?

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.
June 7, 2013

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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.
April 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

An average Rom-Com, has a few funny moments, and likable characters.
February 18, 2011

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January 28, 2011
Anatoliy Dudaev

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