• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Kevin Smith
    In Theaters:
    Apr 4, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 1, 2000
  • Miramax Films


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Chasing Amy Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds.

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

February 7, 2014
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Slowly, like a latent teen pulled against his will into adulthood, Kevin Smith is growing up. But he's not growing quietly.

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington) | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2014
Paul Tatara
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There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 7, 2014

Total Film

Chasing Amy represents a change in direction for Smith, with drama before gags. A chick flick for blokes.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie reinforces his gift for dialogue, but his ability to handle actors, compose scenes or keep track of his own story is negligible.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Chasing Amy often is convulsively funny.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 7, 2014
Joanna Berry
Radio Times

[A] cool, hilarious and sexy romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

February 7, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings.

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

February 7, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Although [Smith's] dialogue is often witty, he still relies on blunt sexual humor to get his point across.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2014
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2014
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2014
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2014
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2011

The third installment of Kevin Smith's New Jersey Trilogy is also the only Kevin Smith movie that's worth any serious attention.

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 89/100

November 4, 2010
Bill Gibron

Like a raw nerve tweaked over and over again by emotions both radiant and revealing, Chasing Amy is as close to a masterpiece as Smith has ever created.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 21, 2009
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

Chasing Amy suggests that Smith could do so much better if only he would push himself.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Smith's most mature film. Yes, it's filled with crude dialogue, blunt descriptions of sex and an overkill of Star Wars references, but it uses these to dig deeper and make its subject matter more accessible.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

November 15, 2009


Better than the misjudged Mallrats, and there is no doubt that Chasing Amy has its heart in the right place.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 3, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Smith isn't just fooling around anymore.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

February 3, 2009
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