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Building a relationship around the shared love of a masturbatory joke involving a bottle of Blistex is undoubtedly as sturdy a foundation as any twosome has ever known.
| Original Score: D
Celeste and Jesse Forever is not an affront to cinema or anything of the sort but it is mediocre from beginning to end.
| Original Score: 2/5
With such erratic construction, the scant 91-minute runtime feels like it goes on forever.
A low-fi indie that swiftly slums into terminal feyness.
The problem with Celeste and Jesse Forever is that it inserts these two believable characters-and their credible conflict-into a rather lazy and conventional romantic comedy.
Charming and not without its moments, but far too conventional to capture the complexity it strives for.
It's not a bad set-up, but the film lets everyone talk a lot without ever having much to say.
The movie is sometimes quite funny and sometimes quite affecting, but almost never at the same time, and those pieces don't fit together as well as they should.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Skates by on being simply R-rated "adorable.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's a shame that Celeste & Jesse plummets into conventionality in its second half, because it starts out so promisingly.
The more these two likable people rattled on, the more I found myself thinking about the elusive distinction between characters talking genuinely smart talk and simply chattering for the camera.
Aside from the premise of two people who can't seem to separate, the storyline is nearly non-existent. All in all, rather annoying.
The leads are engaging enough but it's too inconsequential to make you care.
A rote rom-com in disguise.
That title doesn't lie: the romantic comedy Celeste & Jesse Forever really does feel like Celeste and Jesse, forever.
| Original Score: 1/5
A notably lo-fi entry into the recent trend of romantic comedies that think acknowledging the genre's clichés is as good as subverting them.
Finally, there's something a little sketchy about the movie, a little unfinished and scattergun. The figure of Jesse recedes in importance, and it's Celeste whose delusions we focus on.
| Original Score: 3/5
Hits a dull patch and becomes an expected tale of regret.
Too exaggerated and fussy to register as meaningful, while laboring through two shallow performances by Jones and Samberg, who come across as more of a dysfunctional improvisation duo than a plausibly aching couple.
| Original Score: D+
All the wry banter and gentle soul-searching in the world can't save the audience from drifting into apathy.