500 Days of Summer (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

500 Days of Summer (2009)



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

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 Smiths, and they're both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Tom is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he's finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn't looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover's casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual material and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Weber, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 2009
Box Office: $32.1M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Zooey Deschanel
as Summer Finn
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Rachel Hansen
Charles Walker
as Millie's New Husband
Darryl Alan Reed
as Bus Driver
Minka Kelly
as Girl at Interview
Valente Rodriguez
as Employee #1
Yvette Nicole Brown
as New Secretary
Nicole Vicius
as Partygoer
Natalie Boren
as Another Partygoer
Kevin Michael
as Wedding Singer
Sid Wilner
as Grossman
Jean-Paul Vignon
as French Narrator
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Critic Reviews for 500 Days of Summer

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

(500) Days is a funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

Audience Reviews for 500 Days of Summer


Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel do a wonderful job in this off beat completely different romantic comedy. One thats strikes more to the reality of the complicated way love works than many others in the genre.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Despite its clever idea, this unfunny romantic comedy full of clichés is centered on an annoying, uninteresting couple who never convinces us of what they feel - and it is almost impossible to understand how anyone would fall in love with Zooey Deschanel's detestable character.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

500 Days is different love story, and worth watching. I would have rated it higher, but I found the non-linear presentation confusing. It felt like taking Shakespeare in class and having to read it a couple of times to figure it out.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

500 Days of Summer Quotes

Rachel Hansen: Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn't mean she's your soul mate.
– Submitted by Justin F (2 years ago)
Tom: You're ridiculous. Your favorite Beatle is Ringo.
Summer Finn: Damn right! Ringo's the best.
– Submitted by Andrew D (2 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)

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