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500 Days of Summer (2009)

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86

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 214
Fresh: 183 | Rotten: 31

A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.

87

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 6

A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn't believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss' beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she's seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love the

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber

Dec 22, 2009

$32.1M

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All Critics (214) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (183) | Rotten (31) | DVD (9)

An unpredictable, immensely satisfying experience, much like love itself.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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If it just misses being this generation's 'Annie Hall', it's still deliciously refreshing, sweet and fizzy. A sherbet dip of a movie.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It isn't Hugh and Andie or Meg and whomever, but (500) Days offers hope that Hollywood can pass that romance baton to somebody other than the crude crew of the Kappa Alpha Apatow frat house.

July 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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(500) Days is a funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It manages to deliver a love story that gets you invested even though you know it can't end neatly with either happiness or tragedy, but rather with a bittersweet mishmash of imperfection -- one that that everybody can probably relate to.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Inventive, original and hugely relatable, (500) Days Of Summer is the perfect screen deconstruction of a relationship, for once, from the man's point of view.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Tom and Summer may not be the most emotionally stable people on the planet, and if they were my friends, I'd have little sympathy for them.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Movies like this are the reason why I love movies.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

As Summer, Zooey Deschanel is an enchanting, blue-eyed mixture of nearness and distance. You can see why Tom loves her, even as she stomps on his heart.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

You've seen this movie before (just usually with a fakey big-kiss ending; extra points here for the blunt honesty about breakups) but this one is just right for Right Now.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

(500) Days of Summer is as close to perfect as a movie gets. A highly subjective claim? Sure, but so are all movie reviews, and this is hardly the time to get into that argument.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (3)
Quickflix

Zany visuals and spirited performances makes 500 Days of Summer an entertaining chronicle of the making and breaking of a modern secular relationship.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

An endearing, well-acted film that takes a conventional premise and turns it into something wonderfully unconventional.

June 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Sweet and cute, but capable of so much more.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Hopefully writers Neustadter and Weber have already got another project in the works.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is the movie The Breakup was advertised to be.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Gimmicky love story that's not saved by its bittersweet ending. Acting is more than just cooing with your eyes. It seemed like 500 days allright. Paul Chambers, CNN.

February 10, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (21)
CNNRadio

The film's bruised yet clear-eyed romanticism is refreshing to find in a genre that often settles for something less than truthful or passionate.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

... it does a nice job of charting the rise and fall of a relationship with heart, soul and a recognition that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comment (1)
Seanax.com

We have been trained by Hollywood to react a certain way to a certain kind of movie and 500 Days of Summer seeks to un-train us through shock therapy.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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Audience Reviews for 500 Days of Summer

I usually hate romantic comedies for the sheer fact that they always use the same, recycled ideas over and over again, despite changing the storyline slightly and changing the title. I was pleasantly surprised by 500 Days of Summer, I didn't expect much from the film, and I really thought it was going to be a clichéd rom com; however I was surprised that though it had traditional genre elements, it completely reinvented the style, and it took a very different route than your traditional genre film. The story is very good, as well as the acting and I enjoyed the chemistry of the two lead actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, whom are well suited for the parts they play. The vibe of the film is different, refreshing and it makes for one of the best romantic comedies that I have seen. This was a pleasant surprise and I thought it was a highly entertaining picture from start to finish, and it's one of the few genre films where we the ideas just connect with the viewer. For me, what really stood out for me were the two lead performances, which I thought were terrific and the direction by director Marc Webb keeps you involved from start to finish. Sure, there could have been some slight improvement here and there, but overall this is a superbly well crafted picture that definitely brings a breath of fresh air to the romantic comedy genre. Add to that a few dramatic elements, and you have a movie that is thoroughly engaging and above all worth seeing for viewers that are skeptical about these sorts of films. 500 Days of Summer is an accomplished film, one that is well acted and directed and it's a thoroughly engaging picture from start to finish.
May 12, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Very sweet and romantic, but perhaps my viewing was soured because I was too caught up in comparing it to my play. Both have non-linear structures, but I have to wonder what role it plays in this movie. It's novelty without a real purpose. Both are break-up stories, but this movie has to succumb to the Hollywood happy ending. Both have (and this really freaked me out when I read it in a preview) scenes showing a situation and its imagined alternative, but the message is different because the characters don't change the trajectories; the "narrator" merely narrates. Perhaps I'm just bitter because "(500) Days of Summer" got the jump on Generation Y's "Annie Hall." Nevertheless, it's a charming romp with some hilariously quirky bits: the musical in the park, playing house in Ikea.

Zooey Deschanel has of course cultivated a very specific brand - one that is hipster, faux nerdy, and that most heinous of portmanteaux, "adorkable" - which I find disingenuous and played out. She's just the sophisticated naif form of MPDG, being overly self-deprecating but also being more put-together than any real "dork." Deschanel is obviously a beautiful woman, and not that beautiful women can't be dorky, but her distinctive look is so often central to her characters' ethos and likability. I long for the naturally strawberry blonde Zooey from "The New Guy" days who was a realer representation of awkward, but the New Girl is all eyes and bangs now to fetishize this hotter, mainstream desire to be awkward.
December 30, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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Before he was given big bucks and entrusted with reinventing the franchise of "The Amazing Spider-Man", director Marc Webb cut his directorial teeth on this highly appealing and (un)romantic-comedy. For a debut it's very impressively handled and brings a fresh approach to the tired old boy-meets-girl formula.

Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) could be an architect but finds himself working for a greeting card company in New Jersey. It's here that he meets Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and believes she could be the girl of his dreams. Summer isn't interested in having a boyfriend but they soon become an item regardless. However, things don't quite work out the way Tom planned as he recounts the 500 days that led to their break-up and where it all went wrong.

I have to take this moment to remind people never to judge a film by it's poster. I'm sure many of you don't make this mistake very often but Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" is a film that fell prey to my judgement purely by it's poster and it exuding the appearance of just another romantic-comedy. Categorically, I avoid these types of films. I even overlooked the fact that it had two exceptionally talented leads in Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Much to my surprise then, that within minutes of the film starting I was informed by the narration that "This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story". I was hooked. From the offset I admired the film's chutzpah and my perseverance and attention were greatly rewarded. This narration wasn't entirely true as it is still a love story but it's done out with the realms of convention and that "love story" really only concerns one half of the relationship. Where the film finds it's appeal is in it's non-linear structure and it's ability to effortlessly flit back and forth in time, giving you an inside look at the whole anatomy of a relationship. In doing so, it provides a fabulous vehicle for Gordon-Levitt to show a wide range of emotions; one minute he's elated and dancing through the streets, the next he miserable and buying twinky's and Jack Daniels for breakfast. It's this disjointed approach that brings a stylish originality and quirky, off-beat sense of humour that's impossible to resist.

With a sharp script, two very appealing central performances, a well judged balance of emotions and
excellent and well placed song choices, there's not much more you can ask for when it comes to this genre. I'm hoping that with the likes of this, "Ruby Sparks" and "Silver Linings Playbook" that the rom-com is taking itself a little more seriously now. These films have so much originality that they could spare some to the dross that mainly features Jennifer Aniston or Kate Hudson.

Mark Walker
December 30, 2013
MrMarakai

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    1. Rachel Hansen: Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn't mean she's your soul mate.
    – Submitted by Justin F (12 months ago)
    1. Tom: You're ridiculous. Your favorite Beatle is Ringo.
    2. Summer Finn: Damn right! Ringo's the best.
    – Submitted by Andrew D (13 months ago)
    1. Vance: I've been happily married for 30 years. She's the light that guides me home. Yes, it is from one of our cards. No, someone else wrote it. Doesn't make it less true.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. McKenzie: Love... shit, I don't know. As long as she's cute and she's willing, right? I'm flexible on the cute.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. Tom: No! Don't pull that with me! This is not how you treat your friend! Kissing in the copy room? Holding hands in IKEA? Shower sex? Come on! Friends my balls!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. Vance: Misery. Sadness. Loss of Faith. No reason to Live. This is perfect for you.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
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