• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Marc Webb
    In Theaters:
    Jul 17, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 22, 2009
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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500 Days of Summer Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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For all its ambitiousness, (500) Days of Summer feels synthetic and derivative, a movie that's popping with perceptions while searching for a style.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 16, 2009
Paul Chambers

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.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

February 10, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

The couple's fluctuations between amorous rapture and wounding are matched by the film's own seesaw of poignancy and irritation

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 25, 2009
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

The independent film 500 Days of Summer is as refreshing as hot air. It's as formulaic and calculating as the Hallmark greeting cards to which it feigns superiority.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 2.0/5

August 12, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Watching (500) Days of Summer feels like being forced to sit still while someone you can't stand tries very hard to charm you.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

July 24, 2009
Karina Longworth

The Fox Searchlight house style perfected and taken to the brink of self-parody.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

September 3, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

500 Days of Summer never quite convinces, despite the charm of the leads. This is wannabe indie, and these two Hollywood names are too 'big' to play beautiful nobodies navigating a heart-wrenching misunderstanding.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 17, 2009
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The film bounces between the relationship's winning uplslope and its mopey descent, and the intercutting eventually kills the momentum, even though the film's rousing final minute reclaims some of the early spunk.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 51/100

July 16, 2009
Brian Orndorf

Grazes on the fields of Gen-Y trends and '80's nostalgia to fatten itself to such a degree, it would be impossible to notice the material is only a few menopausal jokes away from your average Nora Ephron film.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

July 16, 2009
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 10, 2014

A new take on romantic comedy that doesn't quite live up to its ambitions.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 4, 2009
Mike Ward

Sometimes love is a battlefield; but in (500) Days of Summer it's a pillow fight in which the Posturepedic puffballs have more personality than the protagonists.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2009
Anthony Quinn

I've read somewhere that (500) Days of Summer is being called the Annie Hall de nos jours; that's a slur on a great movie, not to say on nos jours.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

September 4, 2009
Jeremy Heilman

Every moment of this sub-Annie Hall routine confounds not only audience expectation of a balanced feminine perspective but the very notion of romance itself.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 44/100

July 19, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Awkward offbeat summer to autumn romance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 20, 2009
Rubin Safaya

The film revels in the hip witticisms that swim mostly inside a writer's head but never come forth in the real world with the timing and execution seen here.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com | Original Score: D+

December 6, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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I guess maybe I'm not Tom but Summer. I like your looks, and heaven knows I appreciate the energy you put into wooing me, but I don't want us to be a couple.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 17, 2009
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

I feel for Tom, I commiserate with him for his tragedy but, for me, 300 days of Summer would have been more than sufficient.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2009
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The film seems constructed to short-circuit your attempts to invest anything in it.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2009
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