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Hitch (2005)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 124 | Rotten: 55

Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 13

Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.



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A dating doctor claims that with his services he can match anyone with their soulmate in just three dates. When a jaded tabloid journalist sets out to expose him as a scam artist, the two find themselves falling in love.


Comedy, Romance

Kevin Bisch

Jun 14, 2005


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All Critics (188) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (55) | DVD (30)

I didn't expect much from Hitch and, not surprisingly, I didn't get much -- but I was entranced by the film nonetheless, from a historical perspective.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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I did enjoy the buddy dynamic between Smith and James, who puts kind of a cocky spin on the clumsy fat guy cliches. And there were about a half-dozen jokes that had me laughing out loud.

February 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Looks like another love TKO.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source:
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The movie's last two minutes, in which they all do goofy dances and have no dialogue or script to get in their way, is easily the highlight. It's the previous 113 minutes of plot that cause problems.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Smith and Mendes are terrific together. He brings her game up so high you'd think she has had as many good parts as Smith.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Smith, of course, is so cool he can afford to pretend to be uncool; but what really works for him here is the interplay with James, whose inner-wild-man dance moves alone are worth the price of admission.

February 11, 2005
Detroit News
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Will Smith charms again; best for teens and up.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

In a movie where the film's trailer has spoiled all its best scenes, and the onscreen chemistry between our primary lovebirds is a failed experiment, it's refreshing that "Hitch" still provides that rare buoyant romantic lift that the genre promises.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

Does everyone fall in love after the third date? In his world, they do.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comments (2)
San Francisco Examiner

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Fans of movies like The Wedding Planner and You've Got Mail looking for a charming date movie with lots of laughs will fall in love with Hitch.

September 28, 2006
Christianity Today

Does a fine job of staying away from an overage of boredom and sentimentality while providing a good mix of laughter along the way.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

For what it is, Hitch gets the job done.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Will Smith can play a matchmaker, too!

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

Very likeable and enjoyable for the most part, even endearing; the film stumbles a bit in the telling. Hitch just barely swings into a B+ on charm.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

...Hitch asserts that men are simple-minded, oafish, accident-prone, not nearly as smart as women, and freaking adorable!

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

Smith's knockout comic performance, with its perfect pitches and pauses, ultimately saves the day.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Harmless fun for the dating crowd.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Sometimes cotton candy tastes really yummy, pop songs are fun for the ears, and movies like Hitch can make for a breezy good time.

June 11, 2005 Full Review Source:

James comes crashing nervously into the movie like a fat guy who went through the wrong door and ended up on the fashion show catwalk. He's perfect.

May 6, 2005 Full Review

Will Smith may be on the poster, and he may be the catalyst, but Kevin James is the star and heart and soul of this movie.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

All that's left is Smith's considerable charm and James's appealing goofiness - and they're not enough.

April 7, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Sure, it has its precious moments -- but Hitch has the smarts to defuse them with large doses of slapstick, wit, or outright silliness.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

The film is largely well-designed fantasy that is fun and entertaining.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Those who have seen enough of these films - and who know all their tricks - will likely recognize that Hitch is nothing special.

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Works as a capsule -- a snapshot -- of what American metropolitan dating has become: a game of social defense.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for Hitch

Hitch just doesn't work. Plain and simple. The cast tries hard (for the most part), but this film just simply isn't funny. Featuring a bloated run time of nearly 2 hours, I laughed only once or twice. Yes, Hitch is that despicable kind of movie; a comedy that's not funny. And worse still, it's also absurdly predictable. Formula, formula, formula, and not a single unique character, gag, or plot point. If it wasn't for the big name cast, I might've assumed this was a made-for-TV film.
The paper-thin plot (that is stretched to the breaking point) is about a dating adviser named Alex Hitchens (though he goes by Hitch). While Hitch has matched many people up with their perfect partner, Hitch himself has not had a long-running relationship. So Hitch finally hooks up with a girl, though unfortunate events may destroy his relationship, and his reputation.
You want cheesy pick-up lines? You got it. You want slapstick? You got it. You want kicks to the groin? Heck, we've got that too. But you want laughs? Good luck buddy, nothing here but groans.
And the story is so predictable, I almost felt like I had seen this film before. This film is also ridiculously cheesy, as it tries to make the ending as perfect and happy as possible.
I haven't even mentioned the product placement, pacing issues, and some of the most clumsy dialogue I've ever heard in a romance film. I know this is a chick flick, but come on! Even the most easily moved individuals won't be able to resist a few eye rolls.
The cast, however, seems very committed. Will Smith gives it his all as Hitch, while Kevin James is very energetic as Albert Brennaman. The actors are so into their roles, we almost want to believe what they're saying is actually funny. But no amount of acting could ever fool the audience into believing this script is any good. Also, Eva Mendes is entirely bland as Hitch's love interest Sara Melas (though the character itself is fairly bland too).
Surprisingly, the score by George Fenton is pretty decent. Yes, it feels very dated. And the more sentimental bits are clichéd and forgettable. But there is some really fun music and piano pieces throughout, so the score was a pleasant surprise.
As I watched Hitch, I just shook my head in amazement. Insulting doesn't even begin to describe the kind of immature "humor" is on display here. These are the kind of gags I might expect in a TV show on the Disney Channel. Why must Hollywood throw us all of this garbage and expect us to eat it and like it? I like to see some actual effort and creativity in the films I watch!
Staring at the screen in utter disgust, I began wondering how anyone could possibly find this film funny. 2 Stars 10-11-09 (Updated)
January 21, 2014
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Will is a love doctor, he gives men confidence to meet and date the woman of their dreams. However, when it comes to his own love life, he gets it all wrong. Will is great. Lots of funny moments e.g. the seafood allergy and the dancing scenes. Good music.
October 6, 2013
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

It is sad to see a talented actor like Will Smith wasted in such an idiotic romantic comedy. A movie that is silly and implausible, full of clichés, ridiculous situations, unfunny gags, painful dialogue and with an extremely corny and embarrassing ending.
August 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Chemisty; the word that saved this film. Though the film lacked in very strong script, it made up for in it's chemistry amongst the stars. Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James and the strong supporting stars build coexisting flames that torched the way throughout the entire film. 4.5/5
July 27, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

    1. Sara Melas: You're single. Relax and enjoy the ride.
    2. Casey: I haven'y been ridden in years.
    – Submitted by Michael M (2 years ago)
    1. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens: Right, but see, here's the thing - my clients actually *like* women.
    – Submitted by Adam K (2 years ago)
    1. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens: You wanna jump out a plane without a chute, be my guest. But forgive me if I don't join you.
    – Submitted by Ric A (2 years ago)
    1. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens: [last lines] Basic principles - there are none.
    – Submitted by Arabinda M (2 years ago)
    1. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens: You know what it's like getting up every morning feeling hopeless, feeling like the love of your life is waking up with the wrong man? But, at the same time, hoping that she still finds happiness, even if it's never going to be with you?
    – Submitted by Arabinda M (2 years ago)
    1. Alex "Hitch" Hitchens: Sixty percent of all human communication is nonverbal, body language; thirty percent is your tone. So that means that ninety percent of what you're saying ain't coming out of your mouth. Of course she's going to lie to you! She's a nice person. She doesn't want to hurt your feelings. What else she going to say? She doesn't even know you... yet. Luckily, the fact is that just like the rest of us, even a beautiful woman doesn't know what she wants until she sees it, and that's where I come in. My job is to open her eyes. Basic principles: no matter what, no matter when, no matter who... any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet. He just needs the right broom.
    – Submitted by Arabinda M (2 years ago)
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