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Celeste and Jesse Forever Reviews

Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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June 27, 2013
Amanda Mae Meyncke
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

January 22, 2013

Toronto Star
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January 22, 2013

AV Club
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Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

January 22, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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This potentially aggravating comedy remains sweet, smart and very enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The give and take here feels completely real, and each character is likable while also flawed and vulnerable.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

August 31, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A different kind of romantic comedy: one that starts at the end and tries to make sense of itself.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Tries to blend chick flick staples with bro humor but never quite gets the mix right.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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It's supposed to exemplify witty, edgy, indie comedy. But "Celeste and Jesse Forever" turns out to be a formula movie ...

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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How delightfully funny Jones is.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Yes, the characters are impossibly beautiful and hip, but beyond that, they seem real.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

August 10, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 9, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 9, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A good-hearted romantic comedy about a likable couple - so likable, indeed, that it swims upstream against the current of our desires.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 9, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2012
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

August 3, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It may have the faintest relationship to any kind of reality, but Jones' tart performance cuts through the saccharine.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The summer's most unpredictable, low-key and clear-sighted romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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It's a shame that Celeste & Jesse plummets into conventionality in its second half, because it starts out so promisingly.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

August 2, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 2, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 2, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 2, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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I'd rather watch five divorce movies like this than one more featuring Katherine Heigl getting married.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 2, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie keeps taking us, like its characters, by surprise.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

August 1, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...if Celeste and Jesse Forever is a showcase for anyone -- and it is -- you'd first have to note Jones and Samberg.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 1, 2012
Daniel D'Addario
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 1, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2012
Matt Singer
Time Out New York
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A very simple romantic comedy, coasting along on its likable leads' chemistry through their bittersweet breakup.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 31, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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Celeste & Jesse Forever earns points for bucking formula, but its fusion of snark and sincerity has a calculated slickness that rings increasingly hollow.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

January 21, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Borrows tropes from the rom-com playbook, and has enough laughs to be mistaken for one, but ultimately doesn't want to be pigeonholed.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 21, 2012
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