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Larry Crowne (2011)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 190
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 123

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


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 34

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos

Nov 15, 2011


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An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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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.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (3)
Rolling Stone
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Even if you wander into this congealed mess with nothing more demanding in mind than to spend a little time with two charming favorites, do not expect Forrest Gump or Pretty Woman.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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When it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's The Company Men or this year's Everything Must Go over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

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

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Extremely modest, featherweight. But watchable.

January 1, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Could have been a solid, straightforward rom com coasting on likable leads; half-hearted additions trying to link the movie to economic crisis just detract.

December 5, 2011

... lacks any sense of gravity. Hanks has too much moxie to let little things like unemployment and an underwater mortgage get him down...

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

Only hints at the comedy and poignancy that its two powerhouse leads could deliver if given better material.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Even Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can't sell this lightweight rom-com fantasy.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Tasty around the edges but disappointing in the center, Larry Crowne will meet the summer rom-com needs of many, but will not serve as a memorable addition to Hanks' legacy.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Low-key charmer saved by star power

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieFIX

It felt like I was being smothered with "feel good" moments. Everything about the story and its characters is too far detached from reality.

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

full of a counter-intuitive sunny optimism that is at odds with the tale itself

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Larry Crowne, Hanks' second effort behind the camera, makes It's a Wonderful Life look like Enter the Void. It's a cute movie that never meant to hurt no one, and that's the best thing I can say about it.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix

I can't begin to tell you how bland this movie is.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (2)
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There are some endearing scenes and some fun moments, but the screenplay doesn't feel developed; we are never really engaged

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An immensely likeable film, this uplifting rom com about turning life around has a whole lot of things going for it

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

As well-meaning as it is, (it) is a two-dimensional bit of fluff, an untidy string of cutesy scenes and cutesy characters -- few of them as cute as they are intended to be.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

With little to distract us from its half-hearted plotting and flimsy characterizations, Larry Crowne quickly turns into an abject failure, propped up only by its fading stars' fading charisma.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Larry Crowne

Anyone who has been made redundant should stop what they're doing and watch this film. All you have to do is move into a beautiful and spacious flat, ride a scooter and go to college for 2 weeks. Before you know it you'll be a successful economist making mega bucks! So stop whining and get with it! I wish I could be made redundant, then I could have fun and improve my life! Thanks God we have rich and successful Hollywood actors to tell us what to do and how life really is. Thank you Tom Hanks.
October 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

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.
July 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

If you still think that a good casting will make a good movie, see Larry Crowne and think again.
March 4, 2012
Sergio Garcia

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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
January 20, 2012

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    1. Mercedes Tainot: We're going so slow, a cat could knock us over. You know that, right?
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    1. Dr. Matsutani: They call them smart phones, but only dummies use them in my class.
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    1. Talia: A man with a scooter can accomplish anything.
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    1. Larry Crowne: It's got power!
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    1. Larry Crowne: I was downsized. I'm here to make sure that never happens again.
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