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Definitely, Maybe (2008)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 43

With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 14

With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.



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A political consultant in the midst of a bitter divorce attempts to delicately divulge the truth about his past relationships to his curious young daughter, who simply won't stop asking questions until she's satisfied with all the answers. Ten-year-old Maya (Abigail Breslin) is heartbroken to see her parents splitting up, but she's determined to find out precisely how it was that mom and dad came together in the first place. When Maya starts questioning her father Will (Ryan Reynolds) about his


Comedy, Romance

Adam Brooks

Jun 24, 2008


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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (43) | DVD (15)

Definitely, Maybe, which was written and directed by Adam Brooks, has charm and spirit.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Tthe performances are very strong.

February 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Everything feels derivative and nothing rings true -- it's The Way We Weren't.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Is this movie the best romantic comedy of the year? Maybe not. Do you walk out with a smile on your face? Definitely.

February 15, 2008
Miami Herald
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Definitely, Maybe isn't terrible exactly, but it's bland, and in some ways that's worse. It's a romance posing as a detective story in which the solution is obvious and not worth the fuss.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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This highly uneven comedy by writer-director Adam Brooks might be easier to take if it were less infatuated with its own cuteness.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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More satisfying than your cookie-cutter romantic comedy but far less overwrought than a full-blown period romance, it finds a satisfying and cuddly middle ground.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

This is straight-up young people whining about their relationships.

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

It's sweet natured and brightly played.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

While clearly aimed at women, many men could find it as entertainingly endurable as did I.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

The movie has heart and humor; the two most important traits for any romantic comedy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

The writing is clever, the acting is good, and this is pretty much as good a chick flick as you're going to get.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Modern romance may be more realistic in Definitely, Maybe, but it's also less satisfying than the illusions that classic romantic movies create about amore.

October 18, 2008 | Comments (3)
Palo Alto Weekly

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September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

If you're looking for a nice romantic comedy for your Valentine's Day date, look no further%u2014Definitely, Maybe is positively it.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

For all the unnatural setup, it's amazing that the performances come off so naturally.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

All of the romantic scenes work here, but anytime it switched gears and started focusing on the politics, it lost me.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (3)
Sin Magazine

Who will our unlucky in love protagonist ultimately choose? Even if one correctly surmises, the journey is filled with quietly humorous and engaging moments.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Not entirely successful, but worth a look.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

might not be the most perfect movie possible, but it makes up for its shortcomings with an appeal to the heart that connects

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

A bittersweet bedtime story about at least three babes who broke a guy's heart during his hard knocks, early adult years, in addition to, well, Bill Clinton.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Despite repeatedly falling for three of the most beautiful women in the movies, Reynolds winds up largely miserable

June 11, 2008
The Trend

I am totally guilty. You can throw me in a court room and convict me because I am totally and completely guilty of thinking this movie was going to be the same old romantic comedy that we have been seeing for years.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

We get a rare look at a long personal journey through relationships (including his relationship to politics) from the point of view of the man, and a new appreciation of the silver lining on even the saddest cloud.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

[Adam] Brooks has had a sporadic career, but when he suddenly resurfaces, he usually provides zesty dialogue and intriguing characters.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

A terminally bland, brutally overlong tale of tedious, attractive people and their banal romantic problems.

March 17, 2008 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

I hate the way Ryan Reynolds talks to his daughter Abigail Breslin in this film. People who talk to their kids like this are hateful and that's pretty much how I feel about all the characters Ryan Reynolds plays. Most of the characters are likable, particularly Kevin Kline's but Ryan Reynolds is so vacuous that I felt myself hoping that the film would have an unhappy ending for him. It's fairly horrible and is best avoided.
October 11, 2012

Super Reviewer

One of the best Rom-com's in recent years. Not full of laughs throughout, it does have it's more serious and dramatic parts along the way. It does have a great cast with Renolds, the 3 female leads and a good performance by Abigail Breslin as Reynolds daughter. A good story largely told in retrospective segments as a father tells his daughter of his 3 main loves in his life, to see if she can work out which one was her mother. A class above most Rom-coms, with aspects similar to The Notebook and Serendipity!
September 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

This is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. The story is romantic and snappy, keeping just the right amount of mystery so that it is not confusing but whimsically engrossing. I loved having the setting during Bill Clinton's time - it weathered and toughened out the story in an aspect where it definitely could've been too "fairytale". Isla Fisher is the European Amy Adams; I thought she was so, so adorable whenever she delivered anything. I hope she gets a great career in the future.I still kind of hate Ryan Reynolds because his acting style has touches of the egotistical and fake, but I think he manages to obtain a decent amount of chemistry with all four female characters (Abigail Breslin included). The casting was pretty much flawless, even though I think they could've had Elizabeth Banks do more and had us like her more. She can be perfectly endearing, that one.But as a general idea, I highly recommend this movie to anyone and I couldn't stop smiling throughout!
July 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Emily: I slept with Charlie.
    2. Will Hayes: I thought we had a plan.
    3. Emily: You had a plan.
    4. Will Hayes: You're killing me.
    5. Emily: No, I'm not. I'm letting you go.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. April: No one walks away from Paco!
    – Submitted by Bruce T (2 years ago)
    1. Maya Hayes: Look. I know love isn't a fairytale.
    – Submitted by Alexandra P (2 years ago)
    1. April: I see you've been eating noodles!
    – Submitted by Davide G (3 years ago)
    1. April: You're the toilet paper guy.
    2. Will Hayes: Yes, I am in fact the toilet paper guy, but feel free to call me the bagel-and-coffee guy. Or, Todd in accounting calls me Chrystal, which I'm pretty sure is a girls name.
    – Submitted by Leonor D (3 years ago)
    1. Will Hayes: I had two serious girlfriends... and then some other smattering of other women. What?
    2. Maya Hayes: Whats the boy word for slut?
    3. Will Hayes: They still haven't come up with one yet. But I'm sure they're working on it.
    – Submitted by Leonor D (3 years ago)
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