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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 132 | Rotten: 47

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist combines a pair of charming leads, the classic New York backdrop, and a sweet soundtrack.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 11

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist combines a pair of charming leads, the classic New York backdrop, and a sweet soundtrack.



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Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star as two lonesome teens who make a love connection as they prowl the streets of New York looking for their favorite band's secret show, as well as for their drunk friend Caroline. Norah is sick of being the doormat for her catty friend Tris, so rather than look like she's arrived at yet another concert without her unreliable ex-boyfriend-with-benefits Tal, she grabs a stranger and pretends he's her date. Unfortunately, that stranger is Nick -- whom Tris just



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Feb 3, 2009


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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist takes everything you loved in three decades of teenage romance and twists it into something unrecognisably desperate and exploitative.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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I would love the film more if the film didn't love itself so much.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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What makes the film work in spite of itself is [director] Sollett's sympathy for his characters and the teamwork between Cera and Dennings, whose winsome sultriness seems entirely unaffected.

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Like Before Sunrise or the lovely karaoke-bar sequence at the center of Lost in Translation, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist captures the excitement of exploring a city with someone you barely know and really, really like.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate
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There's not much reality or intellect to be found.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (4)
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It plays like a movie inspired by good movies, not by the emotion that inspires good movies. Still, the appeal of Cera and Dennings keep the movie within the realm of a mildly good time.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An American teen movie that manages to be cool and smart and also sweet.

September 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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Think of it as Superbad without the booze or Juno without the snarky dialogue.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

Put this on your playlist, if only for an hour or two.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

I don't know about you all but I think this is a welcome change from pensises in pies and boob gags - I hope the trend continues.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

As a glimpse inside the wide-eyed world of the teenager, it is the best John Hughes film that John Hughes never made.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's all about the execution, and among plenty of dead on arrival teen films, Nick and Norah is legitimately funny, sweet and charming.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The characters are all stuck on tracks, which might work on other occassions, but not when your underscoring music is all about refusing to follow conventional tracks.

October 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

It's an easy and lightweight date movie for teens who will enjoy also discovering some New York bands.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's a pleasant enough interlude and the young band-crazy target market may get involved, but its appeal is limited and there is nothing especially fresh or novel about the content.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Although a comedy, and one rife with hilarious moments, it's a strikingly heartfelt flick.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

A pleasingly jumbled mix CD

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

With the right touches of casting and chemistry, even the thinnest of premises can become weighty in sheer charm.

March 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

A near perfection romance comedy that will appeal to any and all audiences

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

With a great soundtrack and a plot that requires absolutely nothing of the audience, it's certainly Friday night fodder but could have been so much better.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK]
Sunday Mail [UK]

Nick & Norah is a teen comedy that adults can enjoy. The screenplay, by Lorene Scafaria, manages to be smart and sophisticated, the comedy dry and understated.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The chief running gag, about as funny as a weeping sore, concerns a piece of chewing gum.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Although Nick & Norah is episodic and uneven, it does have considerable charm.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Filled with likeable characters, smart dialogue and cool indie music, it's good natured, hilarious and an outstanding romantic comedy that makes you wish you could be there.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

All is forgiven in a wild money shot defining moment, when passion blooms in stereo off camera, as a studio hideaway's flashing voice level meters dance around, in synch with sex. A match ultimately made in digital heaven.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

They pull off the blend of wide-eyed earnestness and sarcasm, but it's unlikely teens or adults will relate to the 2D characters.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Anything with Ari Graynor is money
November 23, 2013
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

ive heard enough asian jokes and gay jokes, so the gay asian just annoys me. and also Michael Cera is in a band called the Jerk-offs. In 7th grade im sure i would have loooooved that.
August 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

This was a very fun movie. I thought the story was good enough...although I never understood what the slutty girlfriend saw in Nick--she was supposed to be "using" him, but for what? His mix tapes? She threw them away. Although I understood that she wanted him back because he was then interested in Norah and she couldn't have that! Anyway, I think Cera makes a great teenage boy lead, kind of reminds me of John Cusak: they are both good looking enough, nice guys etc. the kind of boys you wish your daughter would find and manage to keep. Anyway, nice diversion on a snowy night.
February 5, 2013
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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Strange... I've seen this movie a couple of times at least, and never rated. It is a little weird, but very watchable.
February 4, 2013

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    1. Norah: If you don't have a drummer, then why do you have drums you fistful of assholes?
    – Submitted by Justine Mari M (8 months ago)
    1. Caroline: Okay. I'm just gonna tell you something. I was kidnapped tonight. Seriously. In this van with these guys talking about going balls deep. Sounds like fun, right? Not always. Scary.
    – Submitted by Olivier T (2 years ago)
    1. Norah: I refuse to be a goody-bag at your pitty party Nick.
    – Submitted by Devon B (2 years ago)
    1. Nick O'Leary: If anyone is getting raped in that van, it'll be a guy.
    – Submitted by Jackson N (2 years ago)
    1. Norah: The world has fallen to pieces, it's our job to put it back together.
    2. Nick O'Leary: Or maybe we're the ones who need to be put together.
    – Submitted by Elcy Yadira O (3 years ago)
    1. Caroline: Norah, I found Jesus.
    2. Norah: What?!?!
    3. Caroline: He's much taller in person.
    4. Norah: Caroline, where are you?
    5. Caroline: Norah, I need to follow Jesus now.
    – Submitted by Jessica R (3 years ago)
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