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America's Sweethearts (2001)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 98

Despite its famous cast, the movie lacks sympathetic characters and is only funny in spurts.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 32

Despite its famous cast, the movie lacks sympathetic characters and is only funny in spurts.



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For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful mega-star like Gwen isn't easy. But when she dutifully accepts the task of helping Gwen and her estranged mega-star husband Eddie make it through one last public appearance masterminded by legendary press agent Lee Phillips, forever devoted Kiki finds that her job is about to get even harder. At first it seems her challenge is to keep the peace between Gwen and Eddie and their public image intact, but soon


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Billy Crystal, Peter Tolan, Donna Roth

Nov 13, 2001


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (98) | DVD (21)

The film isn't just banal, it's aggressively, arrogantly banal.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The kind of flick that gives fluff a good name.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The premise falters along with much of the shtick.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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Both harmlessly cynical and deeply fatuous.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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America's Sweethearts is a balloon, all right -- a lead one.

August 2, 2001
Rolling Stone
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A boring, brain-dead flop.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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So-so sitcom-like story of estranged movie stars.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media egregiously bland piece of work that ultimately makes certain sitcoms look deep by comparison.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Lacking originality or true wit, this mildly amusing but utterly banal comedy again demonstrates that Joe Roth is not much of a director and that Billy Crystal can do only one thing as an actor--be Billy Crystal.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Could have been more with such a great cast, but still manages to entertain.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

It gets a little funnier toward the end, making up for the draggy first half . . . However, the shelf-life of this Sweetheart should be short indeed.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

A loose-limbed, occasionally funny movie of many madly spinning teacups sunk by uninvested-in characters and niggling, wrongheaded details.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Inevitably there are some funny moments, and of course this is an endlessly watchable cast. But the movie is just too over-the-top.

December 2, 2002

When it peeks behind the scenes, the movie can be very, very funny.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A timely comedy that pokes fun at all things Hollywood.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Disappointment comes from the sense that the picture started off with the promise of being something different, maybe even something scathing, but then settles for something rather routine.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The fact that this movie contains some of the most annoying, mannered actors on film today and still remains painless is quite a feat.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Its potential as a spicy spoof of Hollywood's incestuous relation with the entertainment press has been Ephroned away in favor of bland romantic comedy.

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The writers turn out to be brandishing butter knives instead of scalpels. ... the movie's real surprise is the feisty, vigorous turn by Zeta-Jones, who throws off zingers with grace and style.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Quando a projeção chega ao fim, a pergunta que nos surge à mente é: 'Tá, e daí?'.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

There have been a lot of movies about how fake Hollywood is, but this is the fake Hollywood movie about how fake Hollywood is.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Joe Roth steps back into the director's chair after nearly a decade and AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS suffers the same diffused focus that his earlier efforts. After the tightly-paced opening, the film flounders until all the major players have been introduced.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The movie is intended as an effervescent fizz; instead, it's a fizzle. What should have been a knockout punch turns out to be more of a gentle poke in the ribs.

November 23, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for America's Sweethearts

An all-star cast, indeed, but the film is lackluster in comedy even in romance. America's
Sweethearts is a rom-com that does no favors in providing attention or even inspiration to the audience despite the amount of stars on display. 3/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Interesting concept to a satire, but a very unfunny screenplay, and just make us lose a good time seeing more one dumb romantic comedy with famous making fun of they self. Rotten.
March 19, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A comedy about celebrity, family and other forms of insanity.

Not bad but not so good either. America's Sweethearts is one of those movies where if you've seen the preview, you've seen the movie. The story was kinda dull and boring at times. Hank Azaria's accent was one the ugliest accent I've heard before, it was truly hilarious to hear him speak. The ending was good though.

America's favorite couple, in movies as well as in real life, has broken up: Gwen has fallen in love with Latin actor Hector, Eddie can't take it no more and has taken quite some time off in the lush gardens of a leading wellness guru. But there is a problem: The latest movie of Gwen & Eddie ("Time over Time") is being held hostage by its director Hal Weidmann. His only request is that it is shown to the press first, not even producer and studio boss David Kingman may take a look at it. Kingman now entrusts PR wizard Lee Philips, whom he just had fired, to organize a press junket that none of the journalists will ever forget - just to distract the press from the fact that the film itself won't be shown at all. Therefore, Lee somehow has to bring Gwen and Eddie back together, at least for that one weekend, in a lonely hotel resort in the Nevada desert. Not quite everything works out the way Lee wanted it to, since Gwen's sister and assistant Kiki also has a mind of her own.
July 3, 2011
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Was better than I expected it to be. Another must see film! I quite liked Catherine Zeta Jones in this as well.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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