Alex & Emma Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2012
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
It has no tempo, energy or pulse.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
June 24, 2003
This isn't one for the time capsule -- just bury it.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2003
It's paint by numbers.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 21, 2003
Dull and listless from the start, partly because the leads fail to connect and partly because both the script and the direction let them down.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 20, 2003
A desperately slight romantic comedy marked by contrived romance and little comedy.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 20, 2003
Meant to be a funny, feel-good love story. Instead, it feels wan and uninspired, despite its likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 20, 2003
A movie within a movie that proves two halves don't always make a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Emily Russin
Seattle Times
June 20, 2003
Unlike When Harry Met Sally, director Reiner's greatest romantic-comedy achievement, Alex & Emma never reaches the point where you root for the couple to get together.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma is lighter than helium, but it's just sturdy enough to be pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2003
A literary-minded romantic comedy that barely passes English and flunks chemistry.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2003
The book-within -the-film is a bad light comedy inside another bad light comedy.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 20, 2003
[The film] fails despite Kate Hudson's tinkling laugh and Luke Wilson's likably laconic presence.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 20, 2003
Watching Wilson and Hudson toil thanklessly through this mess is more laborious than writing the Great American Novel. And a lot less lucrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2003
Imitating that life, Alex & Emma is more artifice than art. But chemistry is the key to a romantic comedy, and this one has enough to unlock guarded hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 20, 2003
It's a little like Adaptation, but with the contemporary fashion for romantic comedies with a deadline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2003
Insomniacs in search of a solid two-hour nap should greet the arrival of Alex & Emma with some enthusiasm. All others will want to diligently avoid this film.
| Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma has trouble overcoming the badness of the novel at the center of its story. It doesn't help that the movie declares it a literary success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 20, 2003
Alex and Emma is a film for people who haven't been to the movies since the silent era.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
An essentially derivative, static and zing-free endeavor.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
How bad is this movie? You wouldn't want me to count the ways.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 20, 2003
You'll leave Alex and Emma feeling as if you've spent a couple of decades interned in a gulag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2003
A movie they'll want to hurry past during the AFI tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 20, 2003
An often dismal romantic comedy.
| Original Score: C-
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 20, 2003
Wan humor, no spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 20, 2003
If you want this sort of processed, innocuous entertainment, there's no need to even leave the house.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2003
The perfect date movie for pseudo-literary half-wits.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
June 19, 2003
The picture is desperate to be a Date Night event, but it feels more like a Last Date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2003
Wasting the talents of Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson and Sophie Marceau, this Rob Reiner-directed film is unconvincing in its core idea -- said to be inspired by Dostoevsky but likely to have the poor man weeping in his grave -- and in its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2003
Staleness smothers virtually every scene of Alex & Emma.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2003
A dreary, unfunny, painfully forced affair.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 19, 2003
Alex & Emma is an amalgam of cliches about writers and burlesque stereotypes of foreigners.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2003
Silly slice of Lean Cuisine.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 19, 2003
It's a static film that searches vainly for a consistent tone.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2003
Frankly, this screenplay plays like something slapped together in 30 days to settle a gambling debt, except that it lacks the manic tension or focus you'd expect from anything written by a man facing execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 19, 2003
Hudson and Wilson's chemistry wouldn't light a cigarette.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
Though it is arguably Reiner's least grotesque film of the last decade, it seems the work of a director in absentia.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 18, 2003
This is a warmed-over, low-end recycling of director Rob Reiner's own When Harry Met Sally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 18, 2003
Could almost be a Mad TV parody of a god-awful modern romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2003
Pairing two bankable actors as likable Kate Hudson and Luke Wilson in a romantic comedy would seem like a recipe for success, but the end result proves to be a dull, draggy disappointment.