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Serendipity (2001)

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58

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 54

Light and charming, Serendipity could benefit from less contrivances.

63

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 12

Light and charming, Serendipity could benefit from less contrivances.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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After the long-delayed Town and Country, director Peter Chelsom turns in his second 2001 effort with this love-at-first-sight romantic comedy that revolves around fate, destiny, and chance. Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) are two New Yorkers already in relationships when they meet one another, each reaching for the last pair of cashmere gloves at a department store. Over coffee, they strike up an intimate conversation, and Jonathan thinks they should see each other again.

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Marc Klein

Apr 9, 2002

$50.0M

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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (54) | DVD (25)

A movie I found myself liking more than perhaps I should.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Fluffy and innocuous as Cool Whip, it is nonetheless uplifting, romantic and delightful, further enhancing the world's enduring love affair with the Big Apple.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Serendipity may be calculated, but the good news is that all that hard work never prevents it from being genuinely charming.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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So stringently a 'romantic comedy,' you could review it with a pie chart.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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Lightweight romance may appeal to teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The goofiest movie Nora Ephron never wrote.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...so empty, so derivative

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A química entre Cusack e Beckinsale é eficaz - pena que, durante a maior parte do tempo, os dois sejam mantidos separados pelo fraco e previsível roteiro de Marc Klein.

July 9, 2003
Cinema em Cena

I can't get over the complete reliance on fate even if it is what the movie is all about.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Serendipity director Peter Chelsom gives us charm instead of plot, romance instead of logic.

December 19, 2002
Billings Outpost (Montana)

Serendipity weakens the harder it tries to be cute.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A weaker romantic comedy might have tried harder to use grounded and logical explanations for the movie's string of unlikely coincidences, but Serendipity makes no such attempt. For this, it should be commended.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

In some ways, "Serendipity" could be the movie Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan forgot to make 10 years ago. Not since "Sleepless in Seattle" has there been so much onscreen discussion about soulmates and the mystical power of fate.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...would this be (Cusack's) "Sleepless in Seattle", or would I have to sit through another "You've Got Mail"? The answer lies somewhere in between.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Countingdown.com
Countingdown.com

True, there are traces of hokum and contrivance plots that will drive you batty at times, but Chelson delivers a film that is occasionally smart about its airheaded premise

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Because the script so gleefully indulges in bringing its leads closer together all while making sure they stay just far enough away, we smile instead of groan.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

'Serendipity" is a nice light romantic comedy well-suited for the holiday season.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A sugary slab of wish-fulfilment that will have most viewers reaching for the insulin.

December 23, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Wittily scripted, beautifully played by an excellent cast, and just so darned... nice, this is must-see viewing for the romantics.

December 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Klein's script is at once too airy-fairy and pandering to deliver the charm.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Despite some frustration with the aspects of broad comedy, I am recommending Serendipity on this basis: it's a great date movie.

October 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

If you've ever seen a romantic comedy you know how it ends.

October 22, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Serendipity

i like this movie, unlike a lot of other romcoms that ive religiously watched with the vain hope of it being good and finally saying its a romcom to be proud of, this movie is disappointing its sweet and i love kate beckinsale regardless of a shit movie!
Its enjoyable and amusing and worth a watch for those who love romcoms and who have lost faith in all romcoms out there!
June 10, 2012
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Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

I'm generally not a chick flick/romantic movie type of guy. However, I LOVE "Serendipity". This is my favorite romance movie. I love the premise, I love the performances, I love the music, I really love everything about it. It's the story of Johnathon(John Cusack) and Sara(Kate Beckinsale). They meet one night by chance and have a great time. But Sara worries that they aren't meant to be, so she comes up with a plan. She writes her name and phone number in a book, and he writes his name and phone number on a 5 dollar bill. If they ever find the other, they will call each other and know it was meant to be. Years pass and both have moved on with their lives. Johnathon is about to get married and Sara has just gotten engaged. However both want desperately to find the other, to know for sure if they were meant to be. My favorite character in the movie is Dean(Jeremy Piven), Johnathon's best friend. Piven is one of my favorite actors, and brought a lot to the role. Every time I see this movie on tv, I stop and watch it. It's just such a fantastic movie. If you've never seen it, what is wrong with you? Go get a copy and sit back, and just fall in love. If you have seen it, well look for it again and be reminded of how great of a movie this really is.
December 26, 2011
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A quirky and fun film! Romantic and a feel good film!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

One of the best Rom-coms I have seen in a long while! A very romantic film about fate and destiny in finding your soul mate. Possibly owes a bit to When Harry met Sally but that's a great film to. It has a good cast with some great cameos from some very funny comic actors. Check it out if you haven't seen it.
October 27, 2010
Deano78

Super Reviewer

    1. Sara Thomas: Okay. Favorite movie.
    2. Jonathan Trager: The correct answer is Cool Hand Luke.
    3. Sara Thomas: I've never seen it.
    4. Jonathan Trager: Oh, come on. You've never seen Cool Hand Luke? Paul Newman? Oh my god. Come on! "Failure to communicate." Sadistic cop in sunglasses with no name. Reminds me of you in that way.
    5. Sara Thomas: Um, favorite New York moment.
    6. Jonathan Trager: This one's climbing the charts.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (8 months ago)
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