• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom Hanks
    In Theaters:
    Jul 1, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 15, 2011
  • Universal Pictures


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Larry Crowne Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

An excruciatingly contrived, bland and asinine romantic comedy that lacks both romance and comedy. You'd be more entertained watching paint dry.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 2.3/10

July 3, 2011
Mike Ward

It wants to be a subtle, inspirational message to those undergoing tough times. Even his name - half schmucky, half regal-ish - shows that second chances really happen! (Just ask Lonnie Millionbucks and Jerry Diamonde). The upshot? Meh.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 3, 2011
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

To me, the highlight of 'Larry Crowne' is the way Larry (Tom Hanks), Mercedes (Julia Roberts), and the community college students impact each other's lives.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

July 3, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Works only because of the likability of Hanks and Roberts.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 3, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Misses every target by a country mile.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 1/5

July 3, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A crashing bore.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 1/5

July 3, 2011
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

Larry Crowne has the air of a project locked in a drawer since 1993. They should have thrown away the key.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 3, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

The film pretends Tom and Julia are just two regular, down-to-earth, middle-aged people - even though their faces couldn't be any tighter if they pulled washing-up gloves over their heads.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

July 3, 2011
Glenn Lovell

Sweet, squeezable, happily out of touch with the world as we know it ... Won't burn up the box office, but will do well enough as a word-of-mouth attraction on the VOD circuit.

Full Review Source: CinemaDope | Original Score: 2/4

July 2, 2011
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Larry decides to go back to school, only it was a helluva lot more fun when Rodney's Dangerfield's Thornton Melon chose this route 25 years ago.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 2, 2011
Roger Tennis

Proving Tom Hanks is still Acting King, the character-driven Larry Crowne should make a splash with the date crowd.

Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's about as close to real comedy as a cup of milky tea is to a real meal.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

July 2, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...Hanks' and Vardalos' treatment of a middle-aged Joe heading back to the classroom is about as believable as Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School - and not half as entertaining.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C

July 1, 2011

An endless slog of flat platitudes, generic cliches, and clumsily on-the-nose saccharine sweetness that feels about as sincere as a Hallmark card.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 1, 2011
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

At least Vardalos didn't put herself on Larry's ride. It's enough that the fuel in the tank is low test at scooter speed.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2011
Dana Stevens
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Neither the relationship of the two leads, nor any encounter between any of the film's other humans, seems to proceed according to the emotional or sociological customs of our culture.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 1, 2011
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

We like Larry and we feel for his plight, but all of it seems too neatly tied up with a pretty pink bow.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

July 1, 2011
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Hanks and Roberts have very good chemistry here. Add the fact that Julia is an accomplished comedienne, quite likeable in this role, and you have ingredients for a decent, let's call it "amiable", movie experience.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

July 1, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Larry Crowne doesn't come close to providing the rom-com satisfactions of films attached to the names Hanks and Roberts, or writer Nia Vardalos for that matter.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is film as comfort food, and even if it has very little nutritional value, its pleasantly bland texture will help keep you occupied until your next job interview or layoff notice.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

July 1, 2011
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