Catch and Release (2007)



Critic Consensus: A romantic dramedy with boring, stock characters and contrived situations.

Movie Info

After losing her husband in a tragic accident that occurred during his bachelor party, a would-be widow (Jennifer Garner) struggles to sort through the many secrets he kept from her as she adjusts to her new life. Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant makes her directorial debut with a romantic comedy starring Juliette Lewis, Kevin Smith, and Timothy Olyphant.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Susannah Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Box Office: $15.3M
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Catch and Release

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (38)

Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

A story of self-discovery Catch and Release is ... well it's horribly, horribly dull is what it is. It's like an entire season of a mediocre primetime soap opera squeezed into a couple of hours.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

...harbours a secret crush on Gray but, hey, so does everybody, since Gray has fairies and butterflies flying out of her vagina.

Full Review… | July 12, 2009
Film Freak Central

Catch and Release will not cause Ben Affleck any husband-envy. It's a harmless romantic comedy that will garner Garner no awards and middling success at the box office.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Suffice it to say that when the best thing you can say about a movie is the soundtrack was decent (catch the old Lemonheads tune in the beginning), it's not worth the trip to the theater.

Full Review… | August 23, 2008

By the conclusion of the film, Catch and Release transformed itself from a risk-taking romantic comedy with a darkly humorous lining into a stereotypically syrupy outing...

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

Audience Reviews for Catch and Release

A woman whose fiancee recently died learns that he had a child with another woman.
I only rented this film to see Kevin Smith, and he wasn't bad, even capable of handling a heavy, dramatic scene. Jennifer Garner was also occasionally good. But nothing can rescue the story. The bottom line is that I have absolutely no idea what draws Gray to Fritz, and if I see one more film in which a woman slaps a man, then is thwarted when she tries to slap him twice more with alternating hands before he pins her against a wall and they begin making out, I'm going to try to get slapped more often. And there's an oppressive unevenness to the film made worse by the mix CD of indie songs that seem to be squeezed into the film.
Overall, Catch and Release is not a good film because the motivations of the main characters are more mysterious than the reason that nobody ever kisses after getting hit.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

It was an ok film!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

this sucks. D

Richard C

Super Reviewer

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