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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Entertaining story of fate, alcoholism, and love.
| Original Score: 3/5
The fact that it remains watchable and enjoyable is a credit to its actors and its writer ...
| Original Score: C+
What should have been graceful understatement instead reads as lifeless detachment.
| Original Score: 2/4
Affleck and Paltrow seem to be enjoying their roles far more than we do.
Seems too slight and shallow to really work as a drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Heavy-handed, unbelievable, predictable, and when without Gwenyth, a not very exciting film to find oneself bouncing ultimately boredly through.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
Mais Que o Acaso se salva graças ao desempenho de seus protagonistas e à química existente entre estes.
Two movies in one -- lively when people are talking, lame when things are happening.
What keeps it grounded is the commitment by Roos and his cast to making the emotions of the story real.
| Original Score: short
Ben and Gwynneth, "just friends" or no, have a lovely, believable chemistry that isn't all hot sex or amusing rapid fire witticisms.
| Original Score: 3.2
[Gives] us two smart, likable characters to follow.
You can almost see the strings as the actors are manipulated into position for one more weepy scene.
| Original Score: 2/5
An agreeable but ultimately insubstantial piece of fluff.
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.
More a specialist in sarcasm than in melodrama, Roos fails to scare up a decent complete exchange between anybody.
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.
The movie never really works because it's hard to root for a screen romance when one of the actors is stiff and unsympathetic.
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.