• PG-13, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:    Don Roos
  • In Theaters:    Nov 17, 2000 Wide
  • On DVD:    Apr 10, 2001
  • Miramax Films

Bounce Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010

Entertaining story of fate, alcoholism, and love.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

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

| Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
Movie Poop Shoot
December 28, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 8, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002

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.

Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
March 19, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: short
Karina Montgomery
July 9, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.2
Chris Phillips
April 16, 2001

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

Michael Thomson
April 16, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
March 27, 2001

An agreeable but ultimately insubstantial piece of fluff.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 24, 2001

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.

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000

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

Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The movie never really works because it's hard to root for a screen romance when one of the actors is stiff and unsympathetic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

To my taste, [Buddy and Abby] don't sync up. They're just not right for each other. I fretted for both of them, in a way that didn't serve the movie well.

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