All About Steve Reviews

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May 28, 2013
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?
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 28, 2013
Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy review.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 28, 2013
Just when it seems All About Steve couldn't grow any more insufferable, it turns strangely sentimental.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2009
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.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 10, 2009
[A] refreshingly quirky comedy.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
September 9, 2009
A talented director might have made Bullock seem like a comic genius, but Phil Traill has no control over tone, leaving the audience unsure whether to laugh or cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
September 8, 2009
It's dreadful.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 4, 2009
Oops, sorry, we're not supposed to think of Mary as mentally ill, psychologically unbalanced, or any of those painful things, just full of gumption and sunny determination.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 4, 2009
A screwball comedy missing more than a few crucial screws.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 4, 2009
Despite her downward-tilted head and her nattering ways, Mary really does want to connect. Watching her realize this isn't deep but it is sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2009
There's nothing wrong with All About Steve that a rewrite couldn't fix, as long as the rewrite involved a different writer, a different character and a different story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Globe and Mail
September 4, 2009
Bullock, easing into her mid-40s with box-office mojo intact, remains the star attraction as the annoyingly endearing Mary. You simply can't imagine another actor of her stature pulling it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 4, 2009
It seems incredible, but the grimly unfunny comedy All About Steve might just be the worst movie on Sandra Bullock's résumé.
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
September 4, 2009
He's the thing that lets Mary -- and the movie -- off the crazy hook. It quickly devolves into one of those 'what's normal anyway?' stories, and Bullock's dedication to the role is ultimately undermined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 4, 2009
[An] unwatchable, unbearably unfunny farce in which Sandra Bullock hits the lowest point of her career...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 4, 2009
A romantic comedy so lunkheaded and ill-conceived that it makes your average, idiotic Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey outing look like the reincarnation of Hepburn and Grant.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2009
There's no footing in reality. Nothing about it feels authentic: not the blathering Mary, not the lifeless secondary characters, not the bromide-happy dialogue or the plot that twists less often than it spasms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
September 3, 2009
My biggest surprise is scanning the credits and not seeing the name Wayans or Prinze Jr. anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2009
A total misfire from the first scene to the last.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
September 3, 2009
Misfiring on every conceivable front, it's that rarest of comedies -- one whose stabs at humor fall painfully flat, while eliciting unintentional giggles every time the film seeks to be serious or deliver a message...
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
September 3, 2009
A head-banging excuse for a comedy.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 3, 2009
Since Bullock coproduced this masochistic venture, it seems she buys into the idea that fluffer-nut ditziness is what she does best. Except it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 3, 2009
If you ever wanted to know what kind of movie plays deaf children falling into a sinkhole for laughs, look no further.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 3, 2009
While Bullock is often cast as the kook you want to hug, here she is a nut you want to run away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 3, 2009
Just the latest entry on a long list of movies that aren't even close to the great screwball comedy Bullock is capable of making. May it be the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 3, 2009
Why would such talented actors as Bullock, Cooper, Thomas Haden Church and Ken Jeong sign on for something so dreadful?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2009
If Bullock in her comfort zone is a thing of real, if modest pleasure, watching as she contorts herself into a role that's all wrong for her is singularly excruciating.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 2009
All About Steve struggles mightily to find its loony essence. But Bullock's apple-cheeked larkishness is all flailing limbs and bug-eyed reaction shots -- there's no there there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 3, 2009
Easily the worst movie of the week, month, year, and Bullock's entire career. It is to comedy what leprosy once was to the island of Molokai: a plague best contemplated from many miles away.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 3, 2009
It's a celebration of brazen nonconformity centered on an insufferable flibbertigibbet who makes the worst case for nonconformity imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 3, 2009
One is tempted to feel bad for the usually likable Bullock -- who looks fantastic here, we must note -- but she's one of the film's producers, so she can't be too ashamed of herself. I am embarrassed for her, however.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2009
With its commercial imperatives and subversive ambitions working at cross purposes, this puzzling movie doesn't have a clue what it's all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 3, 2009
The film isn't merely unfunny and stupefyingly inane but a depressing waste of money, energy and time, yours included.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 3, 2009
An actress should never, ever, be asked to run beside a van in red disco boots for more than about half a block, and then only if her child is being kidnapped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 2, 2009
The results aren't quite Anchorman, but they're worth a chuckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2009
All About Steve, an unfunny, annoying, badly written, badly acted comic fiasco, may be the worst movie in Bullock's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5