America's Sweethearts Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 29, 2002
The film isn't just banal, it's aggressively, arrogantly banal.
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Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The kind of flick that gives fluff a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
The premise falters along with much of the shtick.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 6, 2001
Both harmlessly cynical and deeply fatuous.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2001
America's Sweethearts is a balloon, all right -- a lead one.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 27, 2001
A boring, brain-dead flop.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 27, 2001
Too cynically slick and emotionally shallow.
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Ebert & Roeper
July 26, 2001
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 24, 2001
A lackluster screwball comedy and dubious Julia Roberts vehicle.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 23, 2001
A clunky ribbing of the movie industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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July 20, 2001
The movie is a polished muddle, fitfully amusing but with no spine.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 20, 2001
It's a perfectly fine setup for romantic-comedy capering, with enough good one-liners to satisfy. But Roth seems a bit at sea with his powerhouse cast.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2001
Doesn't contain a single genuine emotion. It's just as bogus and hollow as the movie business it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 20, 2001
Occasionally amusing, but also an irritating mess.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 20, 2001
As undemanding summer movies go, America's Sweethearts is surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 20, 2001
For the farce it so desperately wants to be, the film often feels slack and too reliant on so-so punch lines for laughs.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 20, 2001
You go to America's Sweethearts anticipating a prime flossy, glossy entertainment. You come away better by a few laughs but with expectations sadly deflated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 20, 2001
Given its subject matter, it's too genial to cut deep.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
July 20, 2001
The script is full of half-considered character stances.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2001
All these good actors and all Crystal's sass and witty candor can't bring back the heyday of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. Or even, most of the time, their off-days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2001
America's Sweethearts recycles Singin' in the Rain but lacks the sassy genius of that 1952 musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
July 20, 2001
The film is longer on one-liners than inventiveness, focus, and sharp characterization.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 19, 2001
Not so much a terrible movie as a tryingly bland one, the star-stuffed America's Sweethearts actually manages to make Entertainment Tonight seem dangerous by comparison.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 19, 2001
The movie has no sparkle, no charm, nothing to sweep us off our feet.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 19, 2001
A terrific romantic comedy about narcissism, insincerity, lunacy and glamour.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 19, 2001
Like a bottle of lukewarm Champagne -- an expensive one, judging by the label -- America's Sweethearts opens with a promising burst of effervescence and quickly goes flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 19, 2001
[T]he jokes mostly fell flat.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2001
It has the misfortune of being both too inside for outsiders and too unlikely for those in the know.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2001
A slam-dunk for Julia Roberts.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
July 19, 2001
Ex-Disney exec and production company honcho Joe Roth, who hasn't directed in 11 years, is somewhat out of practice and out of touch.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 2001
A mildly amusing mess.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
July 19, 2001
It's dull, two-dimensional, and totally toothless.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2001
Enormously engaging in its opening segments, it's unable to sustain that good feeling over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 19, 2001
Opens with terrific promise, reaches a few dead ends but usually redeems itself.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2001
A Billy Crystal shtick-fest masquerading as romantic-comedy, though it's hardly ever romantic and only occasionally funny.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 19, 2001
Pleasant old-school comedy with a few modern, edgy twists.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 19, 2001
A miasma of vanity envelops America's Sweethearts where wit ought to reign.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 19, 2001
One of the most caustic and hilarious looks behind the scenes of movie-making since Bowfinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 18, 2001
America's Sweethearts begins as a smartly promising, gently farcical comedy of manners and ends as sourly and haphazardly as the lives it is poking fun at.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2001
Leaves you shaking your head over a lost opportunity to make a really great comedy.