• PG-13, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Susannah Grant
  • In Theaters:    Jan 26, 2007 Wide
  • On DVD:    May 8, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

Catch and Release Reviews

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Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 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 | Original Score: 5/10
Cindy White
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007

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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 4, 2007

...nothing particularly noteworthy or innovative...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 7, 2007

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 | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 21, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
February 5, 2007

I was pleasantly surprised.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 3, 2007

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

| Original Score: 3.5/5
Gary Goldstein
February 3, 2007

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

| Original Score: 3/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Top Critic
February 3, 2007

One of those movies where the small pleasures stack up high enough to dwarf the disappointments.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 2, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
January 26, 2007

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

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 26, 2007

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 | Original Score: 6/10
John Hartl
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 26, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jenny Sundel
E! Online
January 26, 2007

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 | Original Score: B
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
January 26, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
March 23, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
February 3, 2007

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