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Bounce (2000)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 51

Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 18

Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage.



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In this romantic comedy-drama, two people whose lives were touched by the same tragedy find love. Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is a successful L.A. advertising executive who has a way with the ladies, but inside he longs for a meaningful long-term relationship. One day Buddy sells his seat on a sold-out airline flight to a stranger; he's shocked when the jet crashes and the man is killed. A year later, still haunted by the incident, Buddy looks up Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), the victim's


Drama, Romance

Don Roos

Apr 10, 2001


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All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (51) | DVD (19)

Two movies in one -- lively when people are talking, lame when things are happening.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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As a director, [Roos] brings a keen eye for character and nuance to his writer-side's lapses.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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I wanted [Buddy and Abby] to become lovers, which means they sold me on themselves.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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What a lingering, contrived, lukewarm mess this is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Something is missing in Bounce, the muted dynamic of which calls forth a perhaps inevitably muted reaction.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Bounce makes the sale, even if you crinkle your nose as you buy it.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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The very premise of Bounce sounds suspect, so it's a credit to Roos' writing that he largely overcomes his own dubious plotline and fashions a fairly involving love story.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Entertaining story of fate, alcoholism, and love.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The fact that it remains watchable and enjoyable is a credit to its actors and its writer ...

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

What should have been graceful understatement instead reads as lifeless detachment.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Poop Shoot
Movie Poop Shoot

Affleck and Paltrow seem to be enjoying their roles far more than we do.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Seems too slight and shallow to really work as a drama.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Heavy-handed, unbelievable, predictable, and when without Gwenyth, a not very exciting film to find oneself bouncing ultimately boredly through.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

a major disappointment from writer-director Don Roos, who previously created the scathingly funny "The Opposite of Sex." ...this muddled drama is more like the opposite of interesting.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Mais Que o Acaso se salva graças ao desempenho de seus protagonistas e à química existente entre estes.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

What keeps it grounded is the commitment by Roos and his cast to making the emotions of the story real.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Ben and Gwynneth, "just friends" or no, have a lovely, believable chemistry that isn't all hot sex or amusing rapid fire witticisms.

July 9, 2001 Full Review

[Gives] us two smart, likable characters to follow.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

You can almost see the strings as the actors are manipulated into position for one more weepy scene.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source:

An agreeable but ultimately insubstantial piece of fluff.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

If you're expecting Bounce to be a followup to Don Roos' edgy dark comedy The Opposite Of Sex, be prepared for something more like The Opposite Of Don Roos.

March 24, 2001 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

More a specialist in sarcasm than in melodrama, Roos fails to scare up a decent complete exchange between anybody.

January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Guys are idiots, lower your standards? I can't tell you how sick I am of seeing this moronic message beaten into women's heads in cinematic 'romance' after romance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Audience Reviews for Bounce

Two strangers fell in love. One knew it wasn't by chance.
December 15, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

There wasn't a lot of noise with this movie, but I loved it! It was a sad, but sweet movie.
March 9, 2009

Super Reviewer

I didn't really care for the flick. Even though Affleck is the man he put out a very plain movie that didn't have me caring at all for the characters.
February 27, 2009

Super Reviewer

This lean, low-key story about love, fate, commitment, guilt, and spin control is a quite good date movie. Soulful performances, mushrooming compassion, and gemlike pockets of dialogue give credibility to the film's occasionally farfetched plot points.
December 17, 2007
Dean McKenna

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    1. Buddy Amaral: I just didn't want you to think I was this great guy. I wanted to tell you before you found out for yourself.
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    1. Seth: That's what I love about working for you. It's a total freedom from hero worship. It's very refreshing.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 days ago)
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