• 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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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 18, 2011

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 | Original Score: 5/10
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

Catch and Release is a perfectly likable romantic tragi-comedy, and therein lies the problem. If the essence of drama and comedy is conflict, what do you get when you wash the conflict away in an effort to make everybody 'likable'?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2007

A strange fish of a film, Susannah Grant's directorial debut Catch and Release glitters and reeks.

Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 26, 2007

Like a girl falling for the wrong guy, [writer/director] Grant has fallen for her own inadequate material. Her overstuffed story feels under-explained.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 25, 2007

Despite possessing a few effective and affecting scenes, Catch and Release is a mess and the methods it uses to bring closure to its diverse storylines feel trite and contrived.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
January 26, 2007

The kind of movie that just can't seem to have enough annoying self-absorbed people around to rattle on about their life woes. Catch this release at your own peril.

| Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 25, 2007

Reportedly cut down from an unwieldy running time, it feels like a jigsaw puzzle with a few pieces missing that forms a picture that wasn't worth waiting for.

| Original Score: C
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 25, 2007

Forgettable seriocomic blather from writer-director Susannah Grant.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

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.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 26, 2007

Grant's debut as a director is less than impressive and soon will be consigned to the DVD outlets where perhaps it should have appeared first.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 29, 2007

The sense of New Age romantic serendipity and Zen whimsy writer/director Grant strives to invoke in 'Catch and Release' just doesn't register.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 25, 2007

Kevin Smith has a commanding, affable presence that hints his acting career may surpass his considerable directorial successes. It's a performance that would land an Oscar nomination, if only the film it came from weren't so weak.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 25, 2007

Catch and Release is an all-too-appropriate title for the glum new Jennifer Garner movie. This fish should be thrown back.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 2, 2007

If grief were as easily overcome as it is in Catch and Release, Prozac sales would be in dire trouble.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 23, 2008

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 | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
January 25, 2007

The film ends up caught in the middle between characters that have a unique way of life about them and a story that feels bolted to the floor of convention no matter how much Grant struggles to free herself.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
January 30, 2007

Catch and Release is another middle-of-the-road romantic dramedy, neither offensively bad nor terribly inspiring either, despite its best efforts.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
January 25, 2007

Do you hear that clinking noise? It's the chains of the plot left dangling.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
January 26, 2007

The chick comedy-drama Catch and Release may look bland, but it's not. It's worse. To rise to the level of blandness, it would need to have a few gallons of Tabasco dumped into it.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009


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Top Critic
February 3, 2007


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March 23, 2007

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