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Leap Year (2010)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 103

Amy Adams is as appealing as ever, but her charms aren't enough to keep Leap Year from succumbing to an overabundance of clichés and an unfunny script.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 26

Amy Adams is as appealing as ever, but her charms aren't enough to keep Leap Year from succumbing to an overabundance of clichés and an unfunny script.



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A woman (Amy Adams) heads to Ireland in order to force her boyfriend (Adam Scott) to accept her wedding proposal by scheduling it on leap day, the only time when he couldn't refuse due to the country's tradition in this Spyglass Entertainment romantic comedy. Shopgirl's Anand Tucker directs from a script by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. Matthew Goode co-stars as a handsome innkeeper who throws a wrench into the woman's plans. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Comedy, Romance

Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

May 4, 2010


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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (103) | DVD (4)

While thereâ(TM)s some chemistry between the pair, itâ(TM)s not enough to compensate for their paper-thin characters, never mind all the crosseyed Guinness-swilling extras.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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In Hollywood, it's all about the concept, and some studio executive must have thought it would be fun to watch Adams slogging around in the Irish mud. Unfortunately, there's no accounting for taste.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Will they fall in love? Will we ever care?

January 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Leap Year is a sweet little movie, although so by the books that it doesn't exactly distinguish itself

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
MSN Movies
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Leap Year may be the least funny Hollywood comedy to take advantage of Irish tax credits since The Honeymooners.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The most charming of actors can be left flailing in the face of a feeble script and direction.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The bright spot in this boggy botched mess is Amy Adams, a fine and always interesting actress who sparkles and shines here despite the stilted storyline, preposterous improbabilities and an artificially sweetened storybook ending.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

...a familiar yet watchable piece of work...

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

...generic romantic comedy about a beautiful young woman (Amy Adams, experiencing a career low) who plans to land her commitment-shy boyfriend by flying to Ireland and surprising him by proposing on Feb. 29

May 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Scribes Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont rely heavily on the dramatic Irish landscape - and it is dramatic - to make up for the lack of drama in their script.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Adams is cute as a button, as always, but even she can't energize this tired excuse for a comedy.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Rubbish. Irish eyes will be hard pressed to grimace, let alone smile.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Everyone tries hard, but Leap Year shows talent cant redeem a truly uninspired script. For committed rom-com fans only.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

The film is packed with spontaneous acts of Irish country dancing and twinkly locals beaming over their Guinness. Ireland should sue.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The only "leap" I felt like making was off a motorway gantry into the fast lane of the M25.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Adams and Goode are hampered by a witless script, which aims for It Happened One Night cross-country battle-of-the-sexes entertainment but misses the mark so completely.

February 26, 2010
Little White Lies

Amy Adams and Matthew Goode make a sweet, believable pair, but they're dropped in a film so trite that not even their entertaining bickering can save it.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Adams shone in the superlative Enchanted but the quality of writing on offer here isn't going to give James Joyce at his most lovey-dovey much lost sleep.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Call us old-fashioned, but we expect some actual funny moments in our romantic comedies; you canâ(TM)t get by on charming lead actors and pretty scenery alone. Especially when the storyline is so massively predictable.

February 26, 2010
Heat Magazine

Golden Age Hollywood charm with the obligatory modern Hollywood schmaltz thrown in, this will rile anyone who's been within 100 miles of the real Ireland, but run with it and it's an enjoyable fantasy all the same.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A light, frothy romance with just enough blarney to charm the susceptible.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Leap years come round every four years, but dispiriting romcoms appear with depressing inevitability at least four times every year, and this is one of the very worst.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

It's only through the sterling work of the two leads, Amy Adams and Matthew Goode, that this romantic comedy is at all enjoyable.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Adams is perky and watchable and almost saves the film. But it's so dumb: how come the eventual proposal, supposedly set a few yards from the Dingle pub, seems to take place on the Cliffs of Moher, 75 miles away?

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent

Amy Adams can add sparkle to even the most lacklustre screenplays and that seems to be her function in Leap Year, a disappointing romantic comedy set in the kind of Ireland that only exists in the movies.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for Leap Year

Good rom-com with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode that brings some laughs for there are pratfalls and other silliness.
Adams really has wonderful physical comedic skills but still allows her charm to come across and make me smile. While the movie gets a little clumsy, nothing is bad enough to keep me from appreciating her. Her chemistry with Goode played well. He was fun to watch as the Irish guy who lives a casual life with no expectations and no concern for others.
The Irish countryside is spectacular. The story is a variation on an old theme, but it is retold in movies because it is a good one.
August 28, 2011
Dean McKenna

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A great romantic comedy!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Is it awful of me that I actually kind of like this movie, despite the fact that Amy Adams herself dismissed as complete and utter crap? I don't know, Matthew Goode is just so cute in it, and Amy is reliably adorable - it just works.
April 30, 2011

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    1. Bride: May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn't live a day without you. Cheers!
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    1. Declan: Which one of you bollocks thinks my chicken is dry? You? You?
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    1. Anna: What are you, the Lucky Charms leprecaun?
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