• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nicholas Stoller
    In Theaters:
    Apr 27, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 4, 2012
  • Universal Pictures


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The Five-Year Engagement Reviews

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Segel and Stoller could - no, should have been bolder: their leading lady deserves it.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

It's a long day's journey into relationship insight, but with fun on the way.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

It brings a light touch to modern romance, and the fact that commitment phobia, so long a male prerogative, is now being claimed by women.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

It's not one that you'd need to see again and again, but it does leave a very sweet taste in the mouth.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's corny, but it keeps us laughing all the way through while stirring in some genuinely sweet moments.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2012
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Sadly, there's no getting around the obvious lack of chemistry between Blunt and her doughily bland co-star.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

June 20, 2012
Matthew Turner

Watchable comedy with superb comic performances and a steady stream of decent gags, but it's also a good twenty minutes too long and is occasionally let down by some lazy plotting.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2012
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

Another solid hit from Planet Apatow - charming, funny and remarkably in tune with real life.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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This is a watchable but rather drab romcom which relies too often on Apatow-school cliché.

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

June 19, 2012
Tony Horkins
Total Film

What The Five-Year Engagement lacks in belly laughs it makes up for in heart and soul, successfully exploring the genuine greys of a relationship instead of painting them black and white.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2012
Eddie Harrison
The List

Segel and Blunt are charming as ever, and an accomplished supporting cast includes Chris Pratt as Tom's incidental bromance Alex and Rhys Ifans as Violet's lecherous mentor.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Like life, The Five-Year Engagement can be messy and irrational. The shame is that the film doesn't need to be those things quite to the degrees that they are.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C+

May 14, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

It's hard to root for a couple who are an obvious non-match.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

When it works, it works, and that is most of the time.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

May 11, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Gradually slips from awkward-funny moments to droll dawdling along. While overstaying its welcome by half-an-hour, it becomes clear this is another tale of bourgeois-white-girl-and-boy-who-can't-quite-commit. The charm wears off.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 10, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Buried somewhere beneath more padding than Eddie Murphy's Norbit fat suit may lie an OK romantic comedy in The Five-Year Engagement.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

More dark comedy than rom-com, perhaps a little too honest, like someone who is telling you something funny but then overshares just a little too much and spoils the moment.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2012
Anders Wotzke

Strikes a far more even tone than Bridesmaids, exploring emotional truths whilst maintaining a strong, but not suffocating, comedic edge.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Nicholas Stoller's inventive, funny, and sometimes subversive romantic comedy won't revive that benighted genre, but it does offer hope.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

Like most marriages it has rough patches but it's not a complete disaster and there is no Katherine Heigl in sight.

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
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