Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 30, 2009
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist takes everything you loved in three decades of teenage romance and twists it into something unrecognisably desperate and exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
I would love the film more if the film didn't love itself so much.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 6, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 3, 2008
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.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
There's not much reality or intellect to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 3, 2008
The movie around them may not have enough shape, contrast and texture. But at least these characters are always moving forward, even if the only sure thing they've got to look forward to is dawn.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 3, 2008
Nick & Norah possesses an inescapable, winsome appeal. It's an alt.romance, dedicated to the B-side of love.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 3, 2008
In the 1930s, Hollywood had The Thin Man, with the married couple Nick and Nora Charles as the epitome of Manhattan swank. Though this Nick and Norah have a lot more angst, they're just as worth watching, admiring and cuddling up to.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 3, 2008
Nick and Norah would probably horrify the original Nick and Nora. But their great-grandchildren will probably see it twice. And then text their friends to see it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 3, 2008
A premise this promising should have developed into something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 3, 2008
Director Sollett adds a humanistic layer of insight and wisdom to the story that transcends teen-pic formulas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2008
Nick & Norah is like something crafted in a lab by 54-year-old hucksters trying to sell sh-t to the kids under the cheerless guise of "alternative." The only thing itâ(TM)s an alternative to? Good.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 3, 2008
An uneven but sweet-natured bop through the unstable ground of teenage lust and loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 3, 2008
The film really is a homage to vintage Hollywood comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 3, 2008
Although crassed-up for modern audiences, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist may be the closest anyone has come to matching the teen agony-and-ecstasy romps that John Hughes pumped out in the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 3, 2008
Director Peter Sollett brings the authentic observation that worked wonders in his debut, Finding Victor Vargas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2008
It's an imperfect, sometimes familiar but always exuberant comedy with romantic resonance and a soundtrack that's as essential to the story as the dialogue.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2008
Nick and Norah takes the relatively radical approach of making a movie that occurs on a genuinely human scale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2008
Sollett works easily and well with Cera and Dennings, and lends a touch of awkward realism to what, from a screenwriting perspective, is pure formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2008
It's a familiar formula, but as the title characters, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings give it such a fresh spin you'd think they invented love at first sight.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
Sollett's working with stale material, clearly. He genuinely likes people, though, and his fondness revives Nick and Norah and sets it spinning with camaraderie and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 3, 2008
As thin as an iPod Nano, as full of adolescent self-display as a Facebook page, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist strives to capture what it's like to be young right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
Nick & Norah's only wishes it had some of Juno's wit and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 3, 2008
[A]lmost more remarkable than Nick, Norah or their playlist ... is the quirky, melting-pot world Sollett creates around them: vibrant like New York, youthful like the stars, awkward like the characters they're playing...
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 3, 2008
There's a sweet, funny movie lurking underneath the too-cool-for-you surface.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 2, 2008
Not only is their playlist worth a listen, but Nick and Norah are surprisingly good company with whom to spend a long night in the city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2008
One advantage that Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist has over the typical teen romantic comedy is a terrific soundtrack that perfectly matches the fleeting loyalties of teenage love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2008
It is a teen romantic comedy that largely fits the familiar template but is also fleshed out with atmosphere, a nice blend of broad goofiness and sophistication, and two appealing leads who bring it to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2008
Nick and Norah springs high on the bounce of its hugely likable leads, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 2, 2008
The film drags as it reaches the hours before sunrise, but Cera and Denning's passive-aggressive flirtation keeps its pulse alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 2, 2008
[Director] Sollett is able to take familiar teen tropes and transform them into low-key magic.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 2, 2008
The script is Afterschool Special 101.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 2, 2008
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist lacks some of the idiocy of your average teenage rom-com. But it doesn't bring much to the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 2, 2008
It comes up a little short of the classic it might have become, but it's still a knowing portrayal of young love lost and found.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2008
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is one of those magical, near-perfect youth romances, a film that so vividly reminds you of the glories of young love that you wish you were 18 again, full of hope, not jaded by life and love lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 1, 2008
The dialogue is witty enough to separate Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist from the rom-com continuum of dumb screenplays, but not so witty that it will receive a Diablo Cody-level backlash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2008
The marvelous, magical boy-meets-girl-in-the-city-that-never-sleeps romantic comedy Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a revolutionary movie disguised as a familiar story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 21, 2008
It's about time we had an answer to Sixteen Candles, Superbad and Dazed and Confused set in New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
September 8, 2008
It's sweet, no doubt, but a bit too slick for its own good.