Alex & Emma (2003)



Critic Consensus: A dull and unfunny comedy where the leads fail to generate any sparks.

Movie Info

Rob Reiner directs Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson in Alex & Emma, a romantic comedy about an author and his secretary. Gangsters will kill Alex (Wilson) in 30 days if he doesn't pay back his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to finish his new novel. He hires sassy court stenographer Emma (Hudson) to transcribe his dictation. The film intercuts between the two of them writing the story, and the story within the story. Hudson plays three roles in the film, and Wilson plays two. Sophie … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and some language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Leven, Andrew Scheinman, Adam Scheinman, Rob Reiner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 23, 2003
Box Office: $14.1M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Alex & Emma

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (40)

The actors make this fun if you can overlook the ludicrous view of Jeremy Leven's screenplay concerning how novels are written and what publishers generally pay for them.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

About as funny as root canal work and as romantic as a rainy fortnight in Wrexham. Rob Reiner should make a phone call to Christopher Guest a priority.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012

Uninspired -- neither romantic nor comic.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Common Sense Media

"Alex & Emma" has a light tone of modernized '20s inflected comedy that Woody Allen would love to still be able to capture in his movies.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009

No matter how hard Alex and Emma tries, it's still the same package but with new wrapping.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

What might have looked like a good idea on paper goes seriously awry in the screen treatment of this clunker from writer Jeremy Leven and director Rob Reiner.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Alex & Emma


Cute & fun but its happy ending sucks

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Really cute story in a story.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


A cute romantic comedy. Well done. Great story, directing, and acting.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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