Celeste and Jesse Forever Reviews

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2013
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January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Toronto Star
January 22, 2013
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AV Club
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 2, 2012
This potentially aggravating comedy remains sweet, smart and very enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 31, 2012
The give and take here feels completely real, and each character is likable while also flawed and vulnerable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 30, 2012
To its credit, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
A different kind of romantic comedy: one that starts at the end and tries to make sense of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 23, 2012
Tries to blend chick flick staples with bro humor but never quite gets the mix right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 17, 2012
It's supposed to exemplify witty, edgy, indie comedy. But "Celeste and Jesse Forever" turns out to be a formula movie ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2012
Jones and co-star Andy Samberg are an agreeable pair, but nothing about Celeste or Jesse would make you want to spend an evening with them, much less eternity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 16, 2012
How delightfully funny Jones is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 16, 2012
The movie feels lived in by its characters and its makers, which is more than you can say for most romantic comedies, indie or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
Yes, the characters are impossibly beautiful and hip, but beyond that, they seem real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 15, 2012
The tone established by director Lee Toland Krieger is flippant when it needs to be, ironic when it needs to be, playful when it needs to be, and serious when it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 10, 2012
This is a "personal" movie in a typically impersonal genre. And it gets at the way women, newly arrived on the dating scene and all their defenses down, can be stupefied by men.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 10, 2012
Yet one more of a series of summer films in which attractive, ambitious young women are punished for not accepting the man-children in their lives despite their torn-teddy-bear flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2012
Both old-fashioned and modern, both funny and melancholic, the witty, heartfelt "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is populated by moments that at first appear all too familiar, then turn out to surprise you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
This romantic comedy is ambitious and thoughtful, asking us to consider what makes a really good marriage, yet it's based on a sort of narrative sleight of hand.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2012
Underneath it is an honest concern about how to learn to treat people well and kindly after the end. Or to get to an ending, or a new beginning, in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
A good-hearted romantic comedy about a likable couple - so likable, indeed, that it swims upstream against the current of our desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 3, 2012
Jones and McCormack have a nice feel for the day-to-day minutiae of coupledom - the inside jokes, funny voices and oddball routines that nobody else ever understands, and that hurt like hell to abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2012
As director Lee Toland Krieger desperately attempts to keep this film on a comic track, his actors' script awkwardly escapes him, insisting on its indie spirit in the last act.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 3, 2012
It may have the faintest relationship to any kind of reality, but Jones' tart performance cuts through the saccharine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 2, 2012
The summer's most unpredictable, low-key and clear-sighted romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2012
More often than not "Celeste and Jesse Forever" delivers an affectionate and intelligent look at how even the closest couples can find that breaking up is so very hard to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 2, 2012
It's a shame that Celeste & Jesse plummets into conventionality in its second half, because it starts out so promisingly.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2012
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 2, 2012
While "Celeste and Jesse" is decidedly conventional in most respects, it's pretty swell as an exploration of a relationship between a man and a woman that's no longer predicated by mutual desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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August 2, 2012
Maybe Celeste and Jesse Forever sometimes works too hard at being funny-sad. Still, it's admirable in its pursuit of an unnamable beast that's elusive and fragile: The funny sadness of the whole damn thing.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 2, 2012
Jones co-wrote the uneven script with Will McCormack, and one can't help wishing she'd aimed higher. Acknowledging cineplex clichés isn't enough if you still wind up embracing, rather than subverting, them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2012
Celeste and Jesse Forever rises above the rom-com herd with breakout star performances from Jones and Samberg and a willingness to replace clichés with painful truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 2, 2012
I'd rather watch five divorce movies like this than one more featuring Katherine Heigl getting married.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 1, 2012
The movie keeps taking us, like its characters, by surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 1, 2012
...if Celeste and Jesse Forever is a showcase for anyone -- and it is -- you'd first have to note Jones and Samberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Daniel D'Addario
New York Observer
August 1, 2012
A film that starts with a breakup and moves toward, well, no resolution that's traditionally satisfying, is a film that truly understands the sublime and painful comedy of having been in love.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 1, 2012
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" is by no means a parody of romantic comedy cliches, but rather an acknowledgement of them en route to an exploration of greater emotional truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Singer
Time Out
July 31, 2012
A very simple romantic comedy, coasting along on its likable leads' chemistry through their bittersweet breakup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 31, 2012
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
Celeste & Jesse Forever earns points for bucking formula, but its fusion of snark and sincerity has a calculated slickness that rings increasingly hollow.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 21, 2012
While Celeste And Jesse marks Jones as ready to make the leap from TV to film, it also shows that she maybe shouldn't be her own screenwriter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2012
Borrows tropes from the rom-com playbook, and has enough laughs to be mistaken for one, but ultimately doesn't want to be pigeonholed.