• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Rob Reiner
    In Theaters:
    Jun 16, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 23, 2003
  • Warner Bros.

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Alex & Emma Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

February 8, 2012

Film4

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 8, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uninspired -- neither romantic nor comic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

June 2, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008

Empire Magazine

A miserable failure on every count.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 0.5/5

December 30, 2006
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

What is unusual about the film is that we see both the real life of the characters, and scenes from the hero's novel.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

December 13, 2004
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Delves into ... all the odious cliches of the romantic comedy genre, but Reiner justifies it by laughing at the ridiculousness of his own story.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Wilson is inert and lethargic... Instead of adding some comic energy and vitality to the proceedings, he seems to be sleepwalking through them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 2, 2004
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...sweet without being romantic, cute without being funny.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

December 9, 2003
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mesmo escrito sem maiores cuidados ou reflexões (assim como o livro de seu protagonista), o longa é ingênuo (no sentido positivo da palavra) o bastante para divertir por 90 minutos.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2003
Rachel Deahl
Pulse Weekly

The tepid lead characters, housed by actors who don't even share any chemistry, finally have nowhere to go in a film as flat as its interior dime-store novel.

Full Review Source: Pulse Weekly

August 13, 2003
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Luke Wilson in another variation of "Pete."

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 20, 2003
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY

With its awkward blend of postmodern literary debate and formulaic romantic comedy, Alex and Emma has the unfortunate distinction of being too intellectual for stupid people and too stupid for intellectual people.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2003
Paul Povse
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Say, since Alex and Emma is supposed to be all about people of letters and the creative process, maybe somebody interested knows. Is lame-o all one word or hyphenated?

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 8, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

After all this incoherent (and mostly unpredictable) excitement in its first six minutes, Reiner's romantic comedy descends almost immediately into foreseeable tedium

Full Review Source: PopMatters

July 7, 2003

Seems to be a vanity vehicle for Kate Hudson. Think "Tracy Takes On," written by a big fan of Kate & Leopold who didn't want to seem too derivative.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 2, 2003
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix

[A] disaster.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

July 2, 2003
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine

Alex & Emma is the kind of Hollywood formula romance that announces where it's going in its first moments.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 29, 2003
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