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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 61

While certainly overlong, The Five-Year Engagement benefits from the easy chemistry of its leads and a funny, romantic script with surprising depth and intelligence.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 15

While certainly overlong, The Five-Year Engagement benefits from the easy chemistry of its leads and a funny, romantic script with surprising depth and intelligence.



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The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. -- (C) Universal



Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

Sep 4, 2012


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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (61) | DVD (2)

This is a watchable but rather drab romcom which relies too often on Apatow-school cliché.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An exemplary modern romantic comedy, personal and symbolic, goofy and substantial, tightly imagined yet loosely strung, wise in bewilderment.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Like Apatow's "Funny People," the film is an intentional hybrid: half gag comedy, half open-ended exploration of everything that can go wrong -- and occasionally right -- between two people whom nature, if not society, means to be together.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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A charming, funny, reactionary mating comedy from the Judd Apatow factory...

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A fun, entertaining picture, and another credit to Segel's rising career as a writer and star.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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[It] feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Probably should have just focused on the Chris Pratt and Alison Brie characters.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

More often, the movie reduces everything to sitcom levels of tidiness and routine.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

You'd be challenged to laugh once during a two-hour-plus slog in which much of the intended hilarity resides in frequent utterances of the F-bomb, venison and Wham! posters.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

It's a bit over-stuffed, but the narrative does come full-circle and successfully balances charming comedy gags grounded in a memorable and contemporary love story.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

You'll definitely laugh and it's hard to resist the adorableness factor of Blunt and Segel.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The Jason Segel-Emily Blunt romcom has a cold, standoffish first act but ultimately warms up, becoming a genuinely sweet romantic comedy.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source:

A bit overlong, with a surprisingly moody middle act, but writer/actor Jason Segel and director/co-writer Nicholas Stoller continue to perfectly balance the laughs with the drama.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

If it sounds melancholy, that's because it's very melancholy, but it's also very funny throughout...

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

You could make a case for shearing a little baggage from the run time, but it's hard to complain too much because the laughs keep coming.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture | Comments (4)
Ultra Culture

Instead of being a 90-minute, three-act romantic comedy, this 124-minute plod almost begins to feel like a five-year term at its midpoint low.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The Five-Year Engagement seems at times to have taken its title literally - it's way too long. But though the pace sometimes drags, Blunt and Segal are amiable companions and the lack of gross-out gags makes a refreshing change.

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Offers plenty of chuckles - although not enough to justify the middle-aged spread of its two-hour running time.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

As endearing as Segel and Blunt are, The Five-Year Engagement feels ... five years of your life spent waiting for the inevitable, with not as many laughs along the way ...

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

This is a grown-up rom-com that incredibly doesn't outstay its welcome despite a meaty runtime, because Blunt and Segel create charming characters who are easy to root for.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

[F]eels about five years long. With an almost total lack of... conflict, it feels like it's spinning its narrative wheels... There simply never seems to be any reason why lovebirds Tom and Violet can't just get married already.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Somewhere, buried in The Five-Year Engagement, is a sparkling screwball comedy fighting against a turntable running on long play.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A pleasant, if predictable, time-passer.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Cut away the flab, and there's probably an adorable hour-long movie in there.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

It's honest, mature and insightful but also fun, silly and touchingly romantic.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for The Five-Year Engagement

Like Stoller's previous movies, this perceptive romantic comedy is less about the laughs (they are there, only timidly) than actually offering a keen and complex look into modern relationships, and it could have been even better if not for a long middle act, uneven in tone and pacing.
May 8, 2014

Super Reviewer

Another rom-com? Well, this one is quite unique for its originality even though the story is quite usual.. A couple get together, decide to marry.. And then someone's dream come but the others gave up their dream and so it goes until their breakup.. But the must funny thing is the ending which I like for surprising, and the choice of Jason Segel and Emily Blunt to lead this movie is quite a good choice..
September 6, 2013
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Best thing about this was seeing my former home and current home all looking mighty purty. Oh, and the falling down on the ice stuff.
June 28, 2013

Super Reviewer

Having had a rather long engagement myself I can justifiably say that they got it right with this film. There was no awkward and unnecessary gross-out scenes, not silly animal scenes, no unnecessary slap-stick scenes and most of all, thankfully no ad-libbing. Nicholas Stoller is a good writer and the two leads, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are both perfect in their roles, both believable and both brilliant. I don't get all the hate for this film, people seems to prefer Friends with kids, Grown Ups and What to Expect When You're Expecting to this film which I find astonishing. It's not perfect but it's sweet, believable, original and funny.
June 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. George Barnes: The first important thing to remember about marriage is that it requires commitment. The second is that so does insanity.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer: This is supposed to be exciting. It's your wedding - you only get a few of these!
    – Submitted by Sami A (20 months ago)
    1. Tom: I want to be alone, but I want you here.
    – Submitted by Mallory L (23 months ago)
    1. Violet: I've dreamt about those receipts since I was a little girl.
    – Submitted by Gary W (24 months ago)
    1. Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer: The worst choice you can make, is no choice at all.
    – Submitted by Aries E (2 years ago)
    1. Violet Barnes: I don't think we can figure out all of our problems before we get married, but I promise you that I will just love you every step of the way.
    – Submitted by Jelai R (2 years ago)
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