Larry Crowne Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 18, 2011
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 7, 2011
Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 6, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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July 5, 2011
Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
July 5, 2011
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 4, 2011
The film is sometimes gentle to the point of blandness, but it's never flimsy.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 2, 2011
It's about as close to real comedy as a cup of milky tea is to a real meal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 1, 2011
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2011
Next semester, the stars should drop Speech 217 and enroll in Chemistry 101 -- they dearly need some.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 1, 2011
It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 1, 2011
Corny beyond belief, but a welcome relief from a summer filled with CGI, 3-D and sequels. The two leads are enormously charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2011
You wonder who thought any of this was funny.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 1, 2011
The real reason to watch this modestly charming, featherweight bauble is the chemistry between Hanks and Roberts, beloved superstars who make a beautiful pair.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 1, 2011
As romantic comedies go, "Larry Crowne" is neither swooningly romantic nor howlingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 1, 2011
If you're looking for a movie you can take your parents or young children to without fear of embarrassment or the need for endless explanations, this is the one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 30, 2011
Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 30, 2011
Hanks, as a writer-director, is talking about real things, even if he isn't depicting them with complete honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2011
It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011
"Larry Crowne" is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 30, 2011
Tom Hanks is killing time in "Larry Crowne," an adult romance that is heartwarming, uplifting and monumentally dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 30, 2011
The movie has just enough funny lines and amusing casting choices to make it all go down pleasantly, and Hanks' sweetly brash charisma could fill an entire multiplex of movies and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 30, 2011
A rom-com fairy tale so tepid and well behaved that watching it feels like being stuck in traffic as giddy joy-riders in the opposite lane break the speed limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 30, 2011
It put-puts along like a moped in busy traffic, content to amble around but not go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 30, 2011
Too cute for its own good, Larry Crowne is nonetheless hard to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 30, 2011
"Larry Crowne'' isn't a movie for adults. It's a movie for adults who don't like things with screens and keyboards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 30, 2011
As obvious and predictable as this story might be, it still works - in large part because we care about the human beings inhabiting this motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 30, 2011
There's some cute stuff involving Hanks and some teenagers who tool around campus on scooters, but an utter lack of chemistry between him and Roberts dooms the movie.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 30, 2011
With Tom Hanks in front of and behind the camera and Julia Roberts his co-star, you'd think "Larry Crowne" would have some A-list Hollywood charm. You're incorrect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 30, 2011
You'd have to be in a really bad mood to be put off by this picture's admittedly kind of unabashed eagerness to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2011
"Larry Crowne" proves that it's possible to be funny without being crude. But more than that, it's as easygoing as the character for which it's named.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 30, 2011
At this point in their careers, Hanks and Roberts know a lot about how to make movies and how to reach audiences; these are relaxed and professional star performance, long on charm and short on theatrics.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 30, 2011
It's as if Hanks and co-writer Nia Vardalos assumed that getting everyone in one place would be enough, and didn't think much further.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 30, 2011
Soulless Hollywood product doesn't provide a better textbook example than this Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 30, 2011
"Larry Crowne" has Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but what it doesn't have is a reason for existing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2011
It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 29, 2011
"Larry Crowne" serves as a reminder that you can have two of the most likable, bankable stars on the planet together, but strong writing is crucial to making them shine.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 29, 2011
It's perfectly pleasant big screen comfort food -- meatloaf, potatoes and apple cobbler served as bubbly Tom Petty and ELO tunes waft from the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 29, 2011
Though both lead actors are able to coast for a while on their natural charm, it's evident by the soppy finale that their Sleepless in Seattle and Pretty Woman salad days are long past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 28, 2011
Movie stars may be less valued than they used to be, but it's still puzzling to see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stuck in a romantic comedy as flat-footed and tone deaf as Larry Crowne.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2011
A romantic comedy whose obsession with easy laughs undermines the dramatic opportunities in a story about a suddenly jobless man.
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Mark Olsen
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
With its eager-to-please congeniality, it almost works, but with a pacing that is at once comfortably assured and frustratingly slack, like holding exactly to the speed limit on a stretch of open road, Larry Crowne never quite comes to life.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 28, 2011
This is like a well-worn vintage dress: comfortable but a little threadbare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5