Larry Crowne (2011)



Critic Consensus: Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional.

Movie Info

Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 15, 2011
Box Office: $35.6M
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Critic Reviews for Larry Crowne

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (45)

An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Bereft of conflict, the film coasts along in second gear on breezy charm, gentle humanism and star wattage.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Hanks' dorky routine - right on through to the ridiculous ELO-soundtracked end credits as he and Roberts drives around on a scooter in front of a green screen - is thankfully not as draining as one may assume.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

A likeable and light-hearted comedy that doesn't attempt to be anything more.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Larry Crowne is nothing we haven't seen before and at times feels over-done and cliched.

Full Review… | March 2, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Larry Crowne


Co-written, directed, produced, and starring Tom Hanks, this tale of a middle aged man changing his life in the wake of the economic crash feels true to what Americans are still feeling today. That being said, that message becomes easily skewed with off-beat and quirky supporting characters, a really misplaced and strange love story, and generally bland scenes that don't mean much. Hanks plays the eponymous Larry Crowne, who is fired from his job though he is a stellar employee, and with his house carrying a great debt he decides to go back to school to get a degree and make sure this never happens again. This is a very real problem in our country today, and as someone who went to a transfer school and had class with adults every day, I find this premise to be very touching and needed in films today. What becomes tedious and overally schmaltzy, seems to be the decision to make Crowne the everyman, and also make him good at everything. He dresses well, he can cook excellently, he nails every one of his classes without any stakes being thrown up or obstacles for him to overcome, and then he finds love on top of that. The love story between him and Julia Robert's character, who is his professor, seems very unnecessary, and making her a defined character as well also seems very strange and misplaced. The supporting characters are fine, except for a young college student named Talia (Mbatha-Raw) who is supposedly eccentric, but just seems nausea inducing and strange; unneeded as well. Most of the film just feels like a jumbled mess, and worst of all, it doesn't really have any meaning for the main character, especially since everything comes so easily to him.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


If you still think that a good casting will make a good movie, see Larry Crowne and think again.

Sergio Garcia

Super Reviewer

It's a funny movie, Tom Hanks did a good job with it. He directed it, starred in it, co-wrote the script, that's a good job,
for me I enjoyed it a lot, thanks for the person who's watched it with me

Mhd Ekrayem

Super Reviewer

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