Along Came Polly Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Without the rom-com requisites of charm, chemistry, comedy and character, this doesn't even meet low expectations.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 29, 2004
Like the rest of today's alleged comedies that are never funny, this one pretends to be hip, but lacks every semblance of intelligence and depends on the basest common instincts in the kindergarten I.Q. for laughs.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 17, 2004
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 17, 2004
A movie where love means diarrhea.
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January 17, 2004
One of those films that celebrate spontaneity and risk-taking yet are so formulaic and un-risky that they strangle their own message.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 16, 2004
I ... laughed myself sick.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 16, 2004
Firmly ensconced among the forgettables in Stiller's career.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 16, 2004
Trouble is, it isn't just Polly who comes along: Lots of extraneous matter does, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 16, 2004
A lighthearted, lead-footed romantic comedy of the post-Farrelly sentimental yuckfest school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 16, 2004
A waste of a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2004
Within the context of what is essentially a formula picture, Hamburg comes up with lively and anarchic comic situations, and he comes up with them consistently.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 16, 2004
Practically everyone here is a collection of tics, gimmicks and mannerisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 16, 2004
You can sense the lack of imagination.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 16, 2004
This flat romantic comedy fails to provide any reason why a spunky girl-next-door like Jennifer Aniston's character would give Ben Stiller's uptight nerd the time of day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 16, 2004
Recycles gags from various, more successful gross-out and romantic comedies, but without any zest or imagination.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 16, 2004
Tame and predictable, with the gastric-distress sound-effects machine working overtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 16, 2004
Something we've all seen before, far too many times, not only in its premise but also in its lame parade of scatological jokes and its sad, tired pratfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 16, 2004
Though Polly packs ample comic punch, it also demonstrates that life isn't about the safe past or the uncertain future but the journeys we make each day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 16, 2004
The whole thing starts out amiably enough, but then loses all momentum just as it's supposed to be lifting off.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 16, 2004
It's a workmanlike romantic comedy that by the end has quietly added up to a little more than you expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 16, 2004
Scene by scene, the movie offers a pretty bumpy ride, and there's not enough chemistry between Stiller and Aniston to make the romantic parts of the movie credible.
| Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 16, 2004
There isn't a lot in the movie that is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 16, 2004
There is no central drama, no surprise, no tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2004
Depends on the mistaken belief that Jennifer Aniston's appeal is so universally recognizable it's unnecessary to write a fully-rounded character for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 15, 2004
Let's face it: It's really fun to watch Ben Stiller suffer.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
January 15, 2004
Superlative wasted cast and chamber pot-embarrassing humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 15, 2004
Showing how much punishment Reuben Feffer (Stiller) can absorb from his wife, his boss, his parents, his best friend, his girlfriend and his lower intestine is the only joke this movie has to offer.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 15, 2004
Every truly successful raunchy romantic comedy has at its heart a couple worth rooting for. This one doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 15, 2004
Though everything in Polly happens exactly as expected, none of it is remotely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 15, 2004
Slight but occasionally riotous.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 15, 2004
If this is entertainment, the Port Authority should consider selling tickets to the washroom facilities at its New York bus terminal, where the traffic is bustling and frequently very colorful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 15, 2004
It isn't fresh. It isn't special. It isn't anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2004
A hit-and-miss affair with more flat moments than comic ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 15, 2004
He's a stuffed shirt and she a free spirit, yet their romantic destiny is predetermined, if only because writer-director John Hamburg's embarrassingly schematic screenplay insists upon it, chemistry be damned.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 15, 2004
Some movies run out of gas. This one could use an alternate fuel source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 15, 2004
Runs out of steam about the time the Stiller-Aniston romance is supposed to be creating some.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2004
I chuckled a few times at Along Came Polly, if only because Ben Stiller is willing to stoop as low as he can to turn himself into a clown prince of humiliation: the man who would be dork.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 13, 2004
Largely innocuous and forgettable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 2, 2004
A movie that sets its comedy bar too low for the talents involved.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 2, 2004
Though obstacles are de rigeur in this kind of comic formula, the ones applied in Along Came Polly have the effect of reminding viewers of how unrealistic the pairing of Reuben and Polly is.