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Catch and Release Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/10

March 18, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 77/100

January 27, 2007
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 26, 2007
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2007
Pete Hammond

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

January 26, 2007
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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

January 25, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Forgettable seriocomic blather from writer-director Susannah Grant.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 26, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: D+

January 26, 2007
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

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January 29, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2007
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 2, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 2, 2007
Heather Huntington

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/10

August 23, 2008
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: C

January 25, 2007
Kit Bowen

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2007
Rebecca Murray

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

January 25, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

January 26, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 3, 2007

Irish Times

March 23, 2007
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