• 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

Page 1 of 9
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C-

June 2, 2013
Will Leitch

Probably should have just focused on the Chris Pratt and Alison Brie characters.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

I would have preferred to spend five years in the dungeon in Silence of the Lambs...putting the lotion on the skin...before I get the hose again.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 1/5

May 2, 2012
Matt Patches

The waiting is the hardest part.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Grae Drake

It's just not quite funny enough to justify its length. Something is just off.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 27, 2012

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 ...

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 24, 2012
Matt Neal
The Standard

What happens after that romantic rooftop marriage proposal that would ordinarily end a rom-com? Sadly the answer seems to be drab and not terribly interesting.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 1/5

May 4, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

The Five-Year Engagement is a fun, intelligent 100-minute rom-com trapped in a two hour rough cut.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C+

April 28, 2012
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!

There's just no economy of words or plotting or pacing here, and that's a shame. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

April 26, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

July 5, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Plays like a five-episode, R-rated story arc from "How I Met Your Mother." With more profanity and more explicit sex. And considerably less drinking. And no Neil Patrick Harris.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 26, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Some of the comedic material provokes laughter and some doesn't, but nearly all of it feels wrong. It's as if the jokes have been shoehorned into the movie because it was deemed too dramatic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 28, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Sometime around what I guessed to be the one-hour mark in "The Five-Year Engagement," I checked my watch and honestly thought the battery had given out.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 26, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

There might be a passable movie in here somewhere, but you would need to do a lot of editing to find it.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

There are some good laughs in this protracted engagement story, but the pacing is all wrong and despite the charms of Emily Blunt, the film just runs out of gas.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B-

April 27, 2012

In a nod to Segel's chef Tom, the film engages in the pasta theory of filmmaking: Throw enough starch against the wall, and something's bound to stick. Some appetizing bits, yes, but not enough.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 5/10

April 27, 2012
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute

A bumpy entertainment about a bumpy road to the altar, this overly long rom-com offers up a couple of laughs, a thought or two and a lot more extraneous stuff.

Full Review Source: The Movie Minute

April 25, 2012
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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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A little restraint would have gone a long way to making this a far funnier, fleeter affair.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012

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