The Rebound Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2012
...a thoroughly (and consistently) misguided piece of work that has almost nothing truthful or relevant to say about relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 17, 2012
Poor writing and inconsistencies sink this film. Let's hope that Zeta-Jones and Bartha can rebound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: D-
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 25, 2010
An unromantic comedy that gets down and dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
Top Critic
Jon Frosch
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2010
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.
October 29, 2010
The Rebound is largely character-driven, which is more than a lot of romantic films can vouch for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 26, 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.
July 26, 2010
Another faintly insulting rom-com promoting a marketing man's idea of what women really want from movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mail [UK]
July 22, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
July 22, 2010
These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2010
Thanks to a mischievous humour and charming leads, it's surprisingly enjoyable. More Zeta-Jones rom-coms, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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