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Catch and Release Reviews

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Brandon Fibbs

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2008
Cindy White
IGN Movies

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.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 25, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...nothing particularly noteworthy or innovative...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 4, 2007
Eric D. Snider

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

May 7, 2007
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

[Garner] is moving up the likeability ladder to Sandra Bullock/Julia Roberts levels.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I was pleasantly surprised.

February 5, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Much, much better than it has any right to be.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 3, 2007
Gary Goldstein

A well-acted, truthfully written film -- there's just too much of it (about 20 minutes too much).

| Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
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One of those movies where the small pleasures stack up high enough to dwarf the disappointments.

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February 3, 2007
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The movie takes subject matter that seems depressing and infuses it with humor and warmth.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2007
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

If anyone could make death a delight, it's Jennifer Garner.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

January 26, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Susannah Grant's movie is rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Catch and Release seems both too long (at nearly two hours) and too short (with under-developed plot lines). Still, you may enjoy Gray and Sam, and even Fritz, enough to stay involved.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 6/10

January 26, 2007
John Hartl
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Garner and [writer/director] Grant work hard to push the picture into unexplored territory, and the cringe-worthy moments are easy to overlook.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 26, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Every time [Kevin Smith] comes on screen, he perks things up a little. He makes the time pass faster, and the flaws recede. He turns what might be a forgettable movie into a halfway decent one.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 26, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The romantic comedy Catch and Release is refreshing for what it doesn't have. There is no whiny, spoiled golden girl and no baring of claws.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Neither a comedy nor a drama but existing in that comfortable space in between, Catch and Release, the feature-directing debut of screenwriter Susannah Grant, is an oddly appealing, if innocuous, movie of considerable charm.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2007
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

For the most part, Catch And Release is involving and occasionally endearing.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 26, 2007
Jenny Sundel
E! Online

Writer-director Susannah Grant, of Erin Brockovich fame, mixes in the funny with the sappy. All in all, a good date movie with a nice twist -- even if you saw it coming.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B

January 26, 2007
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today

A big-hearted light-headed story that isn't as deep as it wants to be, but still manages to entertain.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 26, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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