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Fool's Gold (2008)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 128

With little chemistry among the performers, humorless gags, and a predictable storyline, Fool's Gold fails on every level.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 37

With little chemistry among the performers, humorless gags, and a predictable storyline, Fool's Gold fails on every level.



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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days co-stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey re-team on the big screen for this adventurous tale about a treasure-hunting couple whose eight-year quest for the ultimate prize has left them flat broke and fresh out of gas. Ben "Finn" Finnegan (McConaughey) is a treasure hunter who has made it his mission in life to track down the Queen's Dowry -- a legendary collection of 40 chests filled with priceless treasure, and lost at sea in 1715. But in his single-minded quest

Jun 17, 2008


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I succumbed to the very occasional charms of this fair, good-natured romcom adventure and left the screening in quite a good mood.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Fool's Gold is so predictable that seeing the trailer is essentially the same as seeing the movie.

February 11, 2008
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Not only do we not care about the lost treasure, their characters aren't developed enough for us to give a hoot, so nothing about this story strikes gold.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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It's not a complete power failure, but it's close.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This movie feels very generic and very, very long; after it's over, you might need a little sunscreen for your brain.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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So intricate, so convoluted and so full of various character names that it becomes impossible to follow.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Both McConaughey and Hudson look less interested in the material than cashing their checks and taking in the Bahamas sun.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source:

Fool's Gold is a decently charming movie, not a bad couple of hours diversion (once anyway) especially if you come across it while channel surfing, but not much more.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

The comedy, though, is broad and only mildly effective and the banter lacks edge and wit.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Yo-Ho-Ho hum.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Just because these two pretty people flirted and pratfell well once, doesn't mean they can do it again--especially when they're trying to do it with such a clunker of a script on their hands.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

As fluffy and mindless as its promotional materials may have indicated...

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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I Hated Hated Hated Hated Hated Hated Hated This Movie!!!!!!!!!

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (3)
Sin Magazine

The film's final half hour does feature some decent action though, but by that point, you don't really care.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...more silly than romantic, more frantic than comedic, and more busy than adventurous.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Surprisingly enjoyable.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

[T]he frequency with which people are shot or drowned wears away at any attempts the film makes to be frothy or screwball.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Matthew McConaughey, whose continuing Hollywood career deserves a separate chapter in any future book by Richard Dawkins on the non-existence of God, is reunited for this romcom caper with Kate Hudson, herself uncompromisingly abysmal in everything.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

A ghastly romantic comedy about a race to find a 17th-century Spanish wreck full of treasure. The film is completely dead behind the eyes.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

No amount of gratuitous McConaughey ab-flashing (he never stops) or the parading of Kate Hudson in a weeny bikini can scrape this one off the sea bed. Plankton would be insulted.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Like Tess and Finn, the makers of Fool's Gold are motivated by lucre, not love.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

To inject drama, the anaemic plot contorts to spin danger out of Finn's debt to an island owning gangsta rapper (Kevin Hart), and his rivalry with his mentor.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Absolute tosh. A ridiculous, unerringly tedious plot is weighed down by listless performances from a cast who clearly wished they were somewhere else, despite the sumptuous locations.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Never do we believe that these two might actually be capable of hooking up off-screen, and this romantic flatness kills your appetite to keep watching.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

Audience Reviews for Fool's Gold

February 9, 2014
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Fool's Gold had the potential of being a good comedy film, but the problem with the film is that it's bloated with overused clichés from previous comedies, thus everything you'd expect that will happen, happens. I thought that the film started off well enough to be a good, fun comedy film. However, halfway through the film, the film falls apart, and due to a somewhat lacking cast, the film doesn't deliver. There's some good actors in this film, but they are miscast, and really don't cut in their respective parts. I think Fool's Gold fails at delivering anything good, and it's a shame because the film had the potential of being a good comedy. Like I stated previously, Fool's Gold starts falling apart halfway through the film, thus the film ends up being mediocre. Although the film is not an awful piece of garbage, it does suffer from not being an effective comedy because of a dull script. The film at times is funny, and amusing, but for the most part, it doesn't anything to really engage the viewer. Matthew McConaughey in my opinion should give up Rom-Coms. I think that he's a talented actor, but the fact that he keeps starring in boring, uninteresting romantic comedies is really sinking his career. Fool's Gold is yet another example of a rom-com that has checkered his career. The film has its moments, but it never succeeds at being a good film.
November 10, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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True Love Takes a Dive.

Saw it again on TV! The movie is fun and entertaining, that's all there is too it. It has some action and some romantic comedy which can serve for a nice date movie night for a couple.

Fools Gold stars Matthew McConaughey as Ben Finn Finnegan, a good-natured, surf bum-turned-treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queens Dowry -- 40 chests of exotic treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) and his more-rusty-than-trusty salvage boat, Booty Calls. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasures whereabouts. Certain that his luck will change with the newfound information, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigels yacht and, using his good-natured charm, convinces the tycoon and his Blackberry-wielding, celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. Against Tess better judgment, the search rekindles her loveof discovery. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. Finns mentor-turned-nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) has also set out to claim the prize.
June 17, 2011
Manu Gino

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