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All About Steve (2009)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 126

All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.


Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 34

All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her.



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A brilliant crossword-puzzle designer travels across the country in hopes of convincing a CCN cameraman that the pair is meant to be together, only to find her quest taking an unexpected turn in this romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, andThomas Haden Church. Despite the fact that she has only gone on one short date with the man, a love-struck puzzle creator becomes enamored with a successful cameraman and follows him to a series of media events in hopes that the feeling is



Kim Barker

Dec 22, 2009


20th Century Fox

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All About Steve is a messy assemblage of clumsy sight gags, winking reaction shots and disingenuous populist genuflection to the idea that there's no such thing as normal. We all see a little bit of Mary in ourselves, don't we? Don't we?

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy review.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Just when it seems All About Steve couldn't grow any more insufferable, it turns strangely sentimental.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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Mary is a memorable comic creation for all the wrong reasons: glibly written, offensively characterised and bizarrely dressed, she's the classic screwball ditz taken to grotesque and at times unwatchable extremes.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Packaged as a romantic comedy but devoid of comedy or romance, this baffling train wreck stars Sandra Bullock as a tediously kooky constructor of crossword puzzles for a Sacramento newspaper.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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[A] refreshingly quirky comedy.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comments (3)
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Mary's supposed to be a plucky free spirit, but mostly she's a chatty bore who's emotionally clueless.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A head-scratcher of a comedy starring the increasingly enigmatic Sandra Bullock.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source:

Bullock, as both co-producer and star, makes sure All About Steve sparkles with easy laughs.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

On paper, a crazy romcom starring Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper could only be a good thing. Wrong.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Kooky? Hardly. Cringing? Most assuredly.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's so bad, you might feel a little sorry for Bullock -- but don't take pity on her. Watching All About Steve will only make you feel worse.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Let's say you're the kind of person who has a morbid curiosity for films that defy logic, the ones that blow your mind with their badness. Then I can wholeheartedly recommend you see this one.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

All About Steve is survivable. You'll never see such passion for a crossword anywhere else.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The film's complete failure to engage on any level, much less comedic, lies entirely at the feet of Bullock.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

A disappointingly disposable romantic comedy...

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All About Steve is constructed as a romantic comedy, but Mary's tireless, stalker-like behavior suggests that this ought to be a horror film.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's baffling that some of our favourite actors would sign up for this slightly creepy, desperately unfunny twaddle. Don't encourage them by watching it.

January 22, 2010
Heat Magazine

This deeply unfunny comedy misfires at every turn.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

One of the ropiest would-be screwball comedies conceived recently.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A film that looks as if it's been through 1,001 test screenings, script drafts and reshoots, each unfunnier and more muddled than the last.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Whatever disturbed and previously untapped audience this is meant to find, it's certainly novel.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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Audience Reviews for All About Steve

It really is a wonder how these scripts get a green-light. Mild laughs. Cooper is hot. Mostly offensive jokes though.
January 17, 2014

Super Reviewer

Okay, I am not going to say this was a good movie, but I still don't get the hate on it. I actually kind of liked Sandra's weird girl character here. It gets dull in the middle, and it's not the happy ending you go into a rom com expecting, but it had a message of self acceptance to it that I really liked. There is no big make over moment, and it doesn't matter, because she was cute all along - in her own way. I also liked DJ Qualls here and Thomas Haden Church.
July 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

Loved it! Don't understand why Sandra Bullock got a Razzie for this? Amazing film and so funny. She plays a bunny boiler extremely well and yet funny too. It's such a hard thing to do and she does it perfectly. Sends out a postive message and the end is magnificent. A must see! Ignore the bad reviews. A great film!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Not much to say... other than it takes 1.5 hours to get through it. To say it is a cute movie is strech.
August 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

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