• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    Peter Segal
  • In Theaters:    Feb 13, 2004 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 15, 2004
  • Sony Pictures

50 First Dates Reviews

Wally Hammond
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Quite what age group this soft-centered entertainment is aimed at is hard to divine.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
February 26, 2004

Stupid, coarse and abysmally unfunny.

Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 18, 2004

Ends up making you pine for Lucy's gift of forgetting.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
February 17, 2004

This movie paints itself into a corner from which it cannot emerge without becoming an utter disaster as far as I'm concerned.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
Top Critic
February 14, 2004

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore shine in this sweet, flirty comedy about a man who falls for a woman with short-term memory loss.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
February 14, 2004

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

A chick flick for guys, with a pH balance in perfect equilibrium between the crass and the sweet.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

50 First Dates possesses an undeniable heart. The bad news is that it will still be buried underneath layers of stale Sandlerisms tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

Vast majority of the humor is so grotesquely obvious and crudely presented (in addition to being mildly crude in and of itself) that Sandler dissenters are guaranteed to remain just where they are.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

If there's one thing to commend in 50 First Dates, apart from the finest walrus performances this side of Marineland, it's Barrymore, whose irrepressible cheerfulness and buoyancy at least makes Henry's motivation anything but mysterious.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edelstein
Slate
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

50 First Dates stays bravely true to its unresolvable premise.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

An awkward blend of date movie and preadolescent comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

The jokes in 50 First Dates aren't jokes, and the bits aren't bits so much as scattershot gestures in the general direction of comedy, at which an audience is expected to laugh, not at the joke, but at the comic's attempt at humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

Uneven, shapeless and crushingly repetitive.

| Original Score: 2/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

Surprisingly sweet.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

50 First Dates is reasonably good fluff, balancing lovey sentiment and low-brow laughs, though it will likely evaporate from memory as quickly as Lucy forgets her meetings with Henry.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

A terrible movie by all reasonable standards -- yet it leaves a sweet taste.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

The film moves in fits and starts, never finding its groove: It's as if the filmmakers could come up with a potentially successful premise but no way of following through.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

Crude, lewd and shameless? You bet.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

The only people likely to be disappointed will be those who bother to wonder how good 50 First Dates could have been.

| Original Score: C+
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

Much of this is very sweet, even touching, but it just isn't funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

It may leave women sighing and men wondering why there wasn't at least one more joke about the prodigious endowments of sea lions.

| Original Score: C+
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

50 First Dates offers a seductive vision of a quirky love. But there is a note of melancholy at the conclusion of this mixed bag of the compassionate and the crude.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

The movie doesn't have the complexity and depth of Groundhog Day, but as entertainment it's ingratiating and lovable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
February 13, 2004

50 First Dates wants to have it both ways, but only one of them really works.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

50 First Dates is more of a romantic comedy than an Adam Sandler comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

About 25 too many.

| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Great date-movie material if you can keep your date from bolting during the first half.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

The film could have made a solid Saturday Night Live skit, but the closest it gets is serving as a reunion for onetime cast members.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

50 First Dates is working awfully hard to be romantic and not hard enough to be a comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

What starts out looking like another crude, bullying Adam Sandler extravaganza ends up as a surprisingly graceful and impressively daring romantic comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Entertaining? Forget about it. The film is less toxic than most Sandler vehicles, but so is anthrax.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

50 First Dates has nothing going for it -- and much going against it.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Although its goofy high-concept premise won't bear much scrutiny, it offers a less predictable ride than their first pairing, and lush Hawaiian locations to boot.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

A drab Groundhog Day retread.

| Original Score: 2/5
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

50 First Dates is the perfect date movie, one that should appeal to teens into Sandler's mean-spirited shtick, while drawing coos and oohs from those traditionalists drawn to something softer and dreamier.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

I don't think 50 First Dates is a great movie, or a particularly funny one, but I admired its romanticism and its gentle plea for the acceptance of difference.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gene Seymour
Newsday
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Sticky but ingratiating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

This pedestrian pic starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore never gets out of neutral, and should have been left in park -- back in the junkyard.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Sandler's movies always have combined juvenile humor with sentimentality, but the two rarely have seemed so out of synch.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
February 12, 2004

Pushes all the right buttons and pushes them expertly.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
February 11, 2004

The memory-loss device dimly recalls Groundhog Day, though the film's low laugh rate, occasional lachrymosity and flaccid pacing assuredly do not.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 11, 2004

The stars have a goo-goo chemistry that's hard to resist.

Full Review | Original Score: B