Definitely, Maybe Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 25, 2008
Definitely, Maybe, which was written and directed by Adam Brooks, has charm and spirit.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 19, 2008
Tthe performances are very strong.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 15, 2008
Everything feels derivative and nothing rings true -- it's The Way We Weren't.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 15, 2008
Is this movie the best romantic comedy of the year? Maybe not. Do you walk out with a smile on your face? Definitely.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 15, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 15, 2008
This highly uneven comedy by writer-director Adam Brooks might be easier to take if it were less infatuated with its own cuteness.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 15, 2008
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
February 14, 2008
It's no accident that the producers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, are the pair responsible for such romantic comedies as Love Actually, About a Boy, Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill, all starring Hugh Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2008
Despite one of the more contrived framing devices outside an actual frame shop, Definitely, Maybe keeps you interested in its characters and isn't afraid of complicating your sympathies a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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February 14, 2008
Definitely, Maybe isn't a particularly good movie. It's hard to make either romance or comedy out of relationship wreckage, not to mention career ennui, and the pace is often meandering and sulky.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 14, 2008
Put simply, the film excels most at not being awful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 14, 2008
[Reynolds] is -- once again -- better than his material, which relies too heavily on obvious sentimentality and lazy '90s nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 14, 2008
Is Definitely, Maybe the best romantic comedy released so far this year? Definitely. Should you go see it? Maybe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 14, 2008
Definitely, Maybe, written and directed by Adam Brooks, is a nimble and winning little romance.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2008
A romantic comedy with brains as well as heart, Definitely, Maybe is that rare studio release that feels like it was written by a human being, not by committee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2008
To sum up, Definitely, Maybe is crap with compensations.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 14, 2008
There's really nothing terribly wrong with Definitely, Maybe, but there's nothing strikingly right about it, either; it's as good as it needs to be, and no more. It'll do in a Valentine's Day pinch, until something better comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 14, 2008
It is, I suppose, a premise, of sorts, but as writer-director Adam Brooks's Definitely, Maybe galumphs along, it is not a particularly romantic or comedic one.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 14, 2008
It could use some editing toward the conclusion, but it's generally enjoyable, amusing and more sophisticated than most films in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
February 14, 2008
Releasing a movie on Valentine's Day can mean only one thing and, yes, Definitely, Maybe has it in big fragrant bouquets. Love, heartache and dollops of schmaltz.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 14, 2008
Definitely, Maybe proves that there are still innovative ways to tell the oldest story of all, the one about two people falling in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2008
This slick romantic comedy has several things going for it, including an interesting premise and an attractive cast. Getting all its elements to cohere, however, is too often just beyond its grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2008
The creative team here has ties to that Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones crowd, which may explain why so many of Ryan Reynolds's lines sound as if they might have been better delivered by a young Hugh Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 14, 2008
The big news here is the intelligence, the balance, the real romance in Definitely, Maybe. No, it doesn't follow the formula. And really, how cool is that?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 14, 2008
It won't be on anybody's 10-best list at the end of the year. But it's agreeable and engaging and real enough in the right smallish ways, and it has an emotional maturity at odds with the high-grade plastic from which it's constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2008
No one's a cartoon villain, and no one's beyond reproach, either. Everyone speaks like a grown-up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2008
As the movie is about a character's growing into his own truth rather than discovering some preordained truth, Definitely, Maybe is hard to outguess. For once in a romantic comedy you won't be able to tell after 5 minutes who will end up together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 13, 2008
Reynolds provides the perfect foil for these spiky women. Quietly masculine and so relaxed in his effects that he could be prescribed for anxiety, Reynolds exudes an elusive charisma that suggests Ryan O'Neal by way of George Gobel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2008
[Adam] Brooks' movie has romantic ambition, something lacking in Hollywood romantic comedies of late. But he has made a slow-footed, long-winded comedy with more grins than laughs, an arm's-length romance with a real eye-roller of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 13, 2008
Definitely, Maybe has charm and some depth, even if it's ultimately more a third-base hit than a home run.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 13, 2008
A surprisingly clever romantic comedy that starts brightly but unfortunately loses its spark at the end.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 13, 2008
The picture does have a certain unimpeachable charm.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2008
Definitely, Maybe is definitely a cut above your standard-issue genre fare, maybe way above.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 13, 2008
Definitely, Maybe is a romantic comedy you don't have to feel embarrassed to embrace.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
February 12, 2008
Definitely, Maybe is a surprisingly rewarding romantic comedy.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
February 12, 2008
The romantic banter between Will and his three paramours strains for sparkling wit and only occasionally achieves it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2008
Brooks' take on the ups and downs of modern romance and the unexpected turns it takes is smart, funny, and (above all) uncommon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4