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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 86

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are charming together, but they can't overcome How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' silly premise and predictable script.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 24

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are charming together, but they can't overcome How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' silly premise and predictable script.

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Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy. Andie (Kate Hudson) is a young journalist who longs to cover political stories, but in the meantime she finds herself writing for a women's magazine called Composure, where her editor Lana Jong (Bebe Neuwirth) has her writing a fluffy advice column. After hearing of the latest dating laments of her relationship-challenged friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn), Andie sells Lana on the

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan

Jul 1, 2003

$105.8M

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More an exercise in how to lose an audience in 10 minutes.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Both lovers are duplicitous creeps -- in a perverse way they're made for each other.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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When a chick flick goes wrong -- and this one hits a dead end in hell -- it's a wipeout.

February 13, 2003
Rolling Stone
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This tortured premise to get them together and the things they go through, every minute of it just lies flat on the screen.

February 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Isn't as bad as it looks.

February 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Resorts to the kinds of cliches that were so yesterday two weeks ago.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Along with a terrible ending, there's also a numerous range of plot inconsistencies that insult the audiences intelligence.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The biggest problem I had with this film was the set-up and premise. It works on paper, but most of the movie is spent with the characters being simply awful.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Battle of the sexes romcom with mature content.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A modest but bubbly comedy of manners. [Blu-ray]

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...despite reservations about the goofy plot and the cocky characters, the movie proceeds pleasantly enough.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Has just enough substance beneath the surface throw the romantic comedy some much needed freshness.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

[McConaughey] and Hudson make the premise, even in its shakier moments, vibrate with a sense of fun.

February 13, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

It's hard to believe that this drivel was based on a book... but Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson make it somewhat tolerable at least.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Kate Hudson's impressive comic flair almost saves this implausible romantic comedy.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Offers nothing new to the genre, but for those who like light tales of meet-cute and happily-ever-after, it'll probably be as welcome as a tub of double-fudge ice cream.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

The film has charm and even some grace...An offhandedly luscious vision that the actors are careful not to muss.

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

if only filmmakers out there would take a how-to course on making romantic comedies with more than just laughs and star appeal, we might actually be making some progress.

July 17, 2003 Full Review

. . .a fluffy farce of romance and vulnerability - and not just the female's take, but the male perspective as well.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

The comedy in the film works very well. The romance isn't quite as convincing, but good acting and romantic chemistry prevail.

May 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Wander in after 30 minutes and split an hour later, otherwise you may feel like you've been used.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

. I hate to label this lightweight romp a "chick flick", but when the title actually issues a challenge to the fairer sex, well, the writing is on the wall.

April 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

If you're a bit of a romantic with a penchant for playfulness, here is a fresh and funny, entertaining collision of hearts.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Leve e divertida, esta produção serve como prova de que, mesmo carregada de clichês, uma comédia romântica pode funcionar muito bem.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

You gotta love love, especially when it's devious, deceitful, selfish, brutal and manipulative.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

... before labeling this as just another chick flick, keep in mind that it's a whole lot more enjoyable than most of the current pre-summer blockbuster-wannabes that studios are unloading right now.

April 6, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
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Audience Reviews for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Hudson and McConaughey have chemistry together but the plot is not exactly the best and basically falls short like in most rom-coms.
February 25, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

For the life of me, I can't even remember why I ever saw this in the first place, especially since I'm not big on this sort of thing to begin with.

This is a typical rom com that offers nothing really new, and is just one of a countless number of films that rehashes cliches, predictability, and fleeting entertainment.

The set up is that we get a woman journalist stuck writing a fluffy advice column who thinks she can write an article about the ways women alienate and drive away the men they love. She sets out to prove this by winning over then losing the heart of a man in a mere ten days.

Meanwhile, we get a businessman competing for an account who tells his boss he's the man for the job because he can understand what makes the fairer sex tick, and sets out to prove this by winning over a lady's heart in less than two weeks.

As you'd expect, these two people cross paths and target one another for their perspective projects...and the results end up going in a completely surprise free direction.

The thing is, I think the initial premise, while flawed, is actually kind of interesting, and in the hands of talented writers and directors, could be done extremely well. Woody Allen (for example) could probably have knocked this out of the park. Unfortunately that doesn't happen, and the result is just typical generic crap.

There's some laughs, but ultimately this is dull, not that funny, and rather forgettable. It sucks that they also got talented people to cash in and squander their abilities, but, considering my knowledge of film, I probably shouldn't be all that shocked.

If you have a thing for mediocre rom coms you'll probably like it. If not, I'd stick with something else.
April 23, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Kate Hudson's smugface is really not my cuppa tea, but she is stunning in that gold number (and in those giant Ann Taylor Loft banners at the mall). The movie isn't as annoying as I remember, but much of it is Hudson doing embarrassing, stereotypical stuff. There's some real heart when Andie meets Ben's kooky but loveable family. Then the big reveal is kinda argumentative for no reason. Andie's all hurt that she was just a bet, but she was using Ben too, so it's just a ham-handed unraveling for dramatic purposes.
December 24, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is yet another awful romantic comedy. I thought the film had a promising start, but the film falls apart. Matthew McConaughey is a pretty good actor, but I think he's wrecking his career with all the bad rom-coms that he's starred in. He's just not romantic comedy material. This film is pretty sloppy in the way its comedic elements flowed. I laughed a few times, I'll admit, but after the credits roll, I realized that despite a promising start, this romantic comedy is simply just like the others, and it becomes predictable by the second half. One day I would like to see a romantic comedy that really differs from all the other ones, and doesn't use any predictable derivative cliché to create its "story". Though this film had a few funny bits, the film wasn't good, and in the end suffered the same fate as so many other romantic comedies. This is an awful film that is absolute misfire for a romantic comedy. The cast is terrible here and with a poor script, poor directing, it ensures that How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a poorly made film with nothing to offer. A boring, predictable film with minor laughs doesn't do anything for the film, and the script is so bad that it just sinks this film even further. A poorly made film that just doesn't cut it. This film is garbage and everyone involved in this film should be ashamed of themselves. As far as scrapping the bottom of the barrel of clichéd ideas, this film hits the mark, and ends up being a terrible film in the process.
December 6, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Andie Anderson: I'm going to make you wish you were dead.
    – Submitted by Matt S (13 months ago)
    1. Jeannie: Drama, drama, drama.
    – Submitted by Annie A (2 years ago)
    1. Andie Anderson: l miss you, Benny boo-boo, boo-boo-boo.
    – Submitted by Kristen K (2 years ago)
    1. Andie Anderson: No I didn't Ben, cause you can't lose something you never had!
    – Submitted by Kaye R (2 years ago)
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