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Catch and Release (2007)

tomatometer

21

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 104

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

25

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 27

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

audience

55

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 205,763

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Movie Info

A woman faced with a tragedy discovers the man she loved was not all she imagined him to be in this romantic comedy-drama. Grey (Jennifer Garner) was a beautiful woman who found the man of her dreams in Grady Douglas, and was looking forward to spending the rest of her life with him until he suddenly died only a few days before they were to be married. With her wedding turned into an impromptu funeral, Grey is emotionally devastated but has to deal with the practicalities of her new life alone,

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

May 8, 2007

$15.3M

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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (104) | DVD (12)

Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Sadly lifeless.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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I was pleasantly surprised.

February 5, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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One of those movies where the small pleasures stack up high enough to dwarf the disappointments.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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A romantic non-comedy.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The film suffers from a style that settles for pleasant or touching at the cost of spontaneous or impassioned. Too bad, because Ms. Garner is a genuinely pleasing presence.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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

July 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
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.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

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...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

Unappealing, inert and overlong inane romantic comedy.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mostly forgettable romantic comedy for teens and up.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Garner is likable, but the film is so leisurely and meandering that it never quite builds a pulse to engage the emotions the way Grant so obviously strives.

August 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Even with Smith involved, Catch and Release isn't the sort of film a guy would generally go to see alone, but it does make for a decent date movie. She'll enjoy the romantic elements and he'll likely find it unobjectionably entertaining.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

...nothing particularly noteworthy or innovative...

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Can we really be expected to invest in a budding relationship between a woman and the best buddy of her dead lover?

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

The multiple story threads make it a little unfocused from a thematic standpoint, but it's a generally well-executed lark, neither too serious nor too silly for its subject matter.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

At times I was entertained; other times, I just scratched my head.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

The film's slight, quirky characters are driven by a soundtrack designed to tell us exactly how to feel. And perhaps that's not such a bad thing--in this case, something had to.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Disappointing film that can't decide whether it's meant to be a romantic comedy or an emotional drama and fails at both as a result.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A ghastly sort of Nora Ephron-ish good taste pervades this romcom-tearjerker.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Juliette Lewis helps break the monotony with a sparkling turn as a ditsy skeleton in the dead fiancÚ's closet and Kevin Smith spouts a few good zingers as the slacker housemate. Sadly it's not enough to catch and keep hold of your interest.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

A film with a fishing metaphor for a title should have come with sharper hooks.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Although extremely slow moving and hard to sit through, 'Catch and Release' focuses on characters who genuinely care about each other.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.
May 1, 2012
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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It was an ok film!
June 24, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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this sucks. D
June 26, 2010
bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1

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After reading Kevin Smith's Diary, "My Boring Ass Life" I felt compelled to watch this movie as he chronicles some of his time making it (for which he took some guff from the studios for revealing too much).
Smith was fun to watch as he was primarily playing himself. Garner, a true natural beauty who I defy you not to love. The movie...not so much.
I was almost angry watching the character inconsistencies, the obvious plot trends, the cliches. The start was very heartfelt and had promise, but it quickly devolved into just so much tripe.
I really do not know what we were watching with Jennifer Garner's character, "Gray." She turns into something wholly different from the beginning of the film to the end and even while the metamorphosis may have been part of the journey and process the moves are so jumpy and without precipitant as well as by a route that is so very nonsensical that the destination makes no sense and just leaves one with no idea what any of the characters are about. None of the character decisions make any sense in the context of development and are totally devoid of discernable motive.
The backdrop is spectacular (Vancouver pretending to be Colorado). Some of the performances were memorable (primarily Smith and Garner), but I simply cannot recommend this movie as anything more than, "fair" to "unsatisfying."
August 6, 2009
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