500 Days of Summer Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 10, 2014
An unpredictable, immensely satisfying experience, much like love itself.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 10, 2014
Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 4, 2009
If it just misses being this generation's 'Annie Hall', it's still deliciously refreshing, sweet and fizzy. A sherbet dip of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 24, 2009
The film's postmodern path takes us through touching, tender, hilarious territory before winding up at the most beguiling part of any love story. The beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 24, 2009
This is movie magic most unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 24, 2009
[A] visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 24, 2009
This movie has flighty warmth. It makes delirious use of one of Hall & Oates' boppiest tunes. It has a bluebird of happiness, for crying out loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
July 24, 2009
Captures with such immediacy the elation and anxiety of new love, the tingle and the terror, the profound sense that you have never been more alive and the occasional wish that you could die on the spot.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 23, 2009
Falling in love or falling out? This film offers a helpful tonic for either condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2009
The swooningly romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer is a movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 17, 2009
What saves 500 Days from terminal shallowness are Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, who are not the usual picture-perfect androids peopling these young-love idylls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2009
(500) Days of Summer is something seldom seen: an original romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 17, 2009
A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 17, 2009
It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 17, 2009
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 17, 2009
The film gets by on a few funny lines...some playful split-screen imagery from first-time feature film director Marc Webb...and the real star of the picture, second-billed: Zooey Deschanel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 17, 2009
The movie suffers at times from a surfeit of adorableness in its two leads, as well as clumsy voiceover narration and a general sense that the subsidiary characters have about as much edge as plush toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 17, 2009
Everything that's wrong, on the surface, with (500) Days of Summer pales in light of everything that's going on beneath its surface.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2009
An irresistible feel-good movie about love gone bad. And that really isn't bad at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
July 17, 2009
This sweetly engaging trifle goes down as easy as cold lemonade on a hot afternoon.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 17, 2009
Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 17, 2009
It's a tale you've heard a million times before. But it's told in such a relatable, inventive way in 500 Days of Summer, it almost feels like the first time.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 17, 2009
Finally, a romance that understands we mark our lives by our scrapes with love, and our defeats, rather than simply white-wedding-cake success.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 17, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5ao
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2009
For all its ambitiousness, (500) Days of Summer feels synthetic and derivative, a movie that's popping with perceptions while searching for a style.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 16, 2009
A fresh July breeze among recent (and mostly stale) romantic-comedy offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 16, 2009
If only some sharp-eyed script editor had run 500 Days through the de-sappifying machine, it could have been the first great romantic comedy of 2009.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 16, 2009
The ending is tidy and way too cute, but (500) Days is otherwise a different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 16, 2009
Even if (500) Days of Summer isn't truly great, it is great fun, from its fresh view of Los Angeles to its use of music to its charming leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 16, 2009
The movie charmed me enough to send me out smiling, and I can see younger filmgoers taking it very much to heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 16, 2009
It goes down smoothly, thanks in large part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grounded lead performance and Marc Webb's slick direction, but it seems like every other scene coughs up a dispiriting cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2009
The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 16, 2009
Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 16, 2009
In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That's the reason 500 Days of Summer is so appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 15, 2009
[Director] Webb treats his characters and his audience with respect. The result is something worth savoring regardless of the season in which it is seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 15, 2009
It's a Gen-Y Annie Hall made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for humanity instead of postmodern superiority.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Fear
Time Out
July 15, 2009
Scratch any cynic and you'll find a romantic; scratch this movie's surface and you'll discover a typically tepid ode to pitter-pattering hearts dressed up in thrift-store chic and faux-edginess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
July 15, 2009
What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 15, 2009
Thanks to two wonderful, offbeat performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this movie has charm to spare. It looks you right in the eye and tells the truth.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 13, 2009
There's no real drama when the inner life of the female lead is so shrouded, even if that's the point.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
July 13, 2009
Conventional? Not at all.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
July 13, 2009
I can't speak highly enough about this really inventive romantic comedy.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2009
An engagingly breezy tale about a guy with a broken heart and the girl who broke it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4