• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Peter Sollett
    In Theaters:
    Oct 3, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 3, 2009
  • Sony Pictures/Screen Gems

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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Reviews

David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

May 6, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/6

January 30, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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I would love the film more if the film didn't love itself so much.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 7, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

October 6, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 3, 2008
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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There's not much reality or intellect to be found.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 3, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Nick & Norah possesses an inescapable, winsome appeal. It's an alt.romance, dedicated to the B-side of love.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 3, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 3, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A premise this promising should have developed into something more.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Director Sollett adds a humanistic layer of insight and wisdom to the story that transcends teen-pic formulas.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 3, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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An uneven but sweet-natured bop through the unstable ground of teenage lust and loneliness.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The film really is a homage to vintage Hollywood comedy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 3, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Director Peter Sollett brings the authentic observation that worked wonders in his debut, Finding Victor Vargas.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 3, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Nick and Norah takes the relatively radical approach of making a movie that occurs on a genuinely human scale.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 3, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 3, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Nick & Norah's only wishes it had some of Juno's wit and energy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR
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[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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 8.5/10

October 3, 2008
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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There's a sweet, funny movie lurking underneath the too-cool-for-you surface.

October 3, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 2, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2008
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Nick and Norah springs high on the bounce of its hugely likable leads, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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The film drags as it reaches the hours before sunrise, but Cera and Denning's passive-aggressive flirtation keeps its pulse alive.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

October 2, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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[Director] Sollett is able to take familiar teen tropes and transform them into low-key magic.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 2, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The script is Afterschool Special 101.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 2, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 2, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 2, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

October 1, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Unless you believe that Death Cab for Cutie's lyrics really speak to your life, Nick and Norah's charms are frustratingly finite.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

October 1, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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It's about time we had an answer to Sixteen Candles, Superbad and Dazed and Confused set in New York City.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2008
John Anderson
Variety
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It's sweet, no doubt, but a bit too slick for its own good.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 8, 2008
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