• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Reginald Hudlin
    In Theaters:
    Aug 23, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 28, 2003
  • Paramount Pictures


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Serving Sara Reviews

Scott Tobias
AV Club
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A third-rate conflation of Midnight Run and It Happened One Night, Serving Sara relies heavily on Perry's perpetually exasperated shtick, which fits more comfortably among the democratic ensemble of TV's Friends.

Full Review Source: AV Club

June 11, 2013
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

March 10, 2007
Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
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Romantic comedy ought to have some romance and laughs, but this extraordinarily flat effort has neither.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Crass and joyless.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 3, 2007
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
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The plot fluctuations unfold as predictably as any other cross-country buddy-buddy flick you care to mention.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 29, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie itself is a cattle ranch full of joke droppings and mooing shtick not worth stepping in.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

August 29, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A broadly played, lowbrow comedy in which the cast delivers mildly amusing performances and no farm animals were injured by any of the gags.

August 28, 2002
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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With Vicodin-sharp timing, Perry wavers from glib to glazed, seeming to openly rue his miscasting as palookaville process server Joe Tyler.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 27, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[Hell is] looking down at your watch and realizing Serving Sara isn't even halfway through.

August 23, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Surprisingly amusing.

August 23, 2002
Robert Koehler
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Serving Sara is little more than a mall movie designed to kill time.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 23, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Late summer is often the dumping ground for comedies that go flat or romances that fizzle. Sara is both.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2002
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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The script is clever enough to give Perry a somewhat dignified role as a sarcastic, educated charmer down on his luck.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Serving Sara is such a miserable excuse for a movie that the constant ringing of a cellphone at its preview screening served only to improve it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: .5/4

August 23, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Perry isn't the only thing wrong with Serving Sara, but he's the thing that takes a pleasantly mediocre movie and turns it into an unpleasantly mediocre one.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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While Serving Sara does have a long way to go before it reaches the level of crudity in the latest Austin Powers extravaganza, there's nothing here to match that movie's intermittent moments of inspiration.

| Original Score: 1/5

August 23, 2002
John Anderson
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Sometimes it feels as if it might have been made in the '70s or '80s, and starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Serving Sara is downright terrible: impossible to enjoy, impossible to believe.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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How inept is Serving Sara? It makes even Elizabeth Hurley seem graceless and ugly.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Even dumber than Perry's Three to Tango, this latest sitcommy exercise is sporadically funny in spite of itself.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Aiming only to be amiably stupid, the movie still manages to fall short of the target.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 23, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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I don't know what they're Serving Sara, but I'm sending it back to the kitchen.

August 23, 2002
James Berardinelli
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Filmmakers have to dig deep to sink this low. Fortunately for all involved, this movie is likely to disappear as quickly as an ice cube thrown into a pot of boiling water.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

August 23, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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You know a movie is DOA when not even the sight of Liz Hurley in a 'Trailer Trash' glitter T-shirt, tartan miniskirt and lace-up python boots can revive it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 22, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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With the dog days of August upon us, think of this dog of a movie as the cinematic equivalent of high humidity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

August 22, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Unfunny and lacking any sense of commitment to or affection for its characters, the Reginald Hudlin comedy relies on toilet humor, ethnic slurs.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

August 22, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The entire movie is in need of a scented bath.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D-

August 22, 2002
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Stars Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley illicit more than a chuckle, and more jokes land than crash, but ultimately Serving Sara doesn't distinguish itself from the herd.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2002
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