• R, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Lee Toland Krieger
  • In Theaters:    Aug 3, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Feb 5, 2013
  • Sony Pictures Classics

Celeste and Jesse Forever Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

Its bittersweet conclusion hits you square in the gut.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 22, 2013

Thematic murkiness aside, the film achieves a mostly successful mix of mainstream and indie sensibilities.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
January 7, 2013

Rashida Jones' first lead feature role is a likeable enough effort to step out from the tube...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 9, 2012

[A] charming, lightweight comedy ...

Jim Schembri
3AW
December 7, 2012

The film bears a kinship with the underrated 2006 film The Break-Up; both are, for lack of a better term, post-romantic comedies by exploring the largely virgin territory of what happens long after the meet-cute, when life takes hold and love goes sour.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
December 7, 2012

The film shows its toothless nature when it refuses to properly eviscerate Emma Roberts's silly tweenie pop star. But there are worse crimes than being just a little bit too nice.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
December 7, 2012

With its refusal to follow the usual romantic-comedy formula, this snappy and observant movie is a nice surprise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
December 6, 2012

Aside from the premise of two people who can't seem to separate, the storyline is nearly non-existent. All in all, rather annoying.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
December 6, 2012

Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 6, 2012

There are some nice moments, but it's unbearably self-conscious and nowhere does it resemble real life.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 6, 2012

The leads are engaging enough but it's too inconsequential to make you care.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 6, 2012

There is quiet, seditious verve to the way expectations are derailed and then re-railed, just as in those areas of real life that still exist even outside the expanding Sundance empire of middlebrow observationalism.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 6, 2012

That title doesn't lie: the romantic comedy Celeste & Jesse Forever really does feel like Celeste and Jesse, forever.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 6, 2012

Engaging, sharply observed and refreshingly cliché-averse relationship comedy-drama with a strong script and superb central performances ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 5, 2012

All the wry banter and gentle soul-searching in the world can't save the audience from drifting into apathy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Carnevale
The List
December 5, 2012

A flawed but intriguing take on a well-worn genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
December 3, 2012

This is an enjoyable and breezy enough watch thanks to its appealing lead duo.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
December 3, 2012

There are some funny moments and some sharp lines but it's the chemistry between the two likeable leads that makes this so undeniably sweet.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 2, 2012

It's not a bad set-up, but the film lets everyone talk a lot without ever having much to say.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
December 2, 2012

A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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