The Five-Year Engagement Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 19, 2012
This is a watchable but rather drab romcom which relies too often on Apatow-school cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 1, 2012
An exemplary modern romantic comedy, personal and symbolic, goofy and substantial, tightly imagined yet loosely strung, wise in bewilderment.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 1, 2012
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 30, 2012
A charming, funny, reactionary mating comedy from the Judd Apatow factory...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 28, 2012
A fun, entertaining picture, and another credit to Segel's rising career as a writer and star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 28, 2012
[It] feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 28, 2012
Blunt has never been more relaxed, and she and Segel have a believably warm chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 27, 2012
Sometimes uneven and sometimes beyond gross, but more often it's funny, smart and different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 27, 2012
What keeps the film from seeming shrill is that Tom and Violet, despite everything, genuinely love each other, and their careers dilemma is not played for easy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 27, 2012
It makes you laugh and eagerly wish for a happy ending without any preachy soul-searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 27, 2012
Feels more like the raw feed than the final edit, and seems to run as long as the time span promised in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 27, 2012
"The Five-Year Engagement" becomes two things: an accurate reflection of a new generation of postponement-prone 30-somethings, and a rather uninteresting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 27, 2012
"The Five-Year Engagement" doesn't always work - some of the supporting characters' storylines feel clipped, and the improvised bits could afford to be tightened - but the trip to the altar pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 27, 2012
This seems like another breakthrough for Blunt, who demonstrates an ample gift for physical comedy. She and Segel make an inspired team.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
I liked "The Five-Year Engagement," and then I didn't, and then I did - which seems just about right for a movie dedicated to examining how even the purest affections can be fatally derailed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 26, 2012
At best, "The Five-Year Engagement" is very well played by its leads and supporting characters. You can't go wrong with Segel, Blunt, Pratt and Brie, the latter two TV stars who are movie-ready.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
The movie is a precision instrument with no parts jammed together, just everything smooth and functioning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2012
This story of a promising sous chef who sacrifices his career in San Francisco to follow his girlfriend to Ann Arbor delivers a steady stream of character laughs, along with a rigidly formulaic plot.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 26, 2012
It's too bad The Five-Year Engagement's overlong, conventional last third squanders the goodwill built up in that sharply observed middle section.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 26, 2012
There are funny scenarios and sweet moments, but not nearly enough in this screenplay co-written by Segel and director Nicholas Stoller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
A little restraint would have gone a long way to making this a far funnier, fleeter affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 26, 2012
"The Five-Year Engagement" dutifully hits the marks of its genre, but it is also about the unpredictability of life and the everyday challenges of love. The sensitivity and honesty with which it addresses those matters is a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 26, 2012
By the 90-minute mark, I was ready for a divorce, but based on the steady squeals of laughter around me at a preview screening, may have been in the minority.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 26, 2012
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.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 26, 2012
Heaven only knows what Frank Oz, who loudly objected to Segel and Stoller's script for The Muppets, will make of the wildly funny scene where Blunt and Brie entertain a young child by having a very adult conversation in Elmo and Cookie Monster voices.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2012
Between that opening proposal and the film's title, you know exactly what's going to happen, and the result is a comedy-drama almost completely free of dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 26, 2012
Engagement gets the most important thing right, which is the lead casting: Segel and Blunt are completely convincing as Tom and Violet, star-crossed lovers. They really do care for each other, but life seems to be conspiring against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 26, 2012
The dream partnership of Jason Segel and Nick Stoller gets dinged a bit in the frustratingly uneven The Five-Year Engagement. Luckily, the movie never runs on sitcom empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 26, 2012
It's a very good movie. If a tough editor trimmed it from 124 minutes to 90, it would be wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
April 26, 2012
A decent-enough romantic comedy with some edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 26, 2012
Between the jokes about drinking mead out of deer hoofs, about tiny tykes armed with crossbows, about meeting cute in a bunny suit and a Princess Di getup, there's serious stuff to consider.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2012
I really like this film, loose flaps, protracted finale and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 26, 2012
"The Five-Year Engagement" is one of those movies that you badly want to like much more than you actually do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 2012
A lively, original, and scattershot-hilarious ramble of a Judd Apatow production.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 25, 2012
Given its title and premise, it's poetically apt that The Five-Year Engagement is a lovely, sweet, funny, romantic, and supremely worthwhile endeavor that unfortunately takes longer to wrap up than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 25, 2012
This is the smartest, most likable such film I've seen in years, even if you might think it does need to have its mouth washed out with soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2012
Segel is a warm-and-fuzzy presence in everything he's in, and Blunt is delightful. Some bits are funny, some vulgar, some sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 25, 2012
Halfway through you want to yell at the screen for them to run off to Las Vegas and just get it over with already; then again, it becomes increasingly difficult to root for them to stay together when they seem to be headed down such divergent paths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Whereas Stoller and Segel did wonders with the formula in 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a certain overfamiliarity creeps in long before the going gets rough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Much like the doughnuts that Violet uses in a research experiment: stale and not good for you.
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John Anderson
Variety
April 19, 2012
While Segel and Blunt make likable enough leads, the strain is visible as the filmmakers try to make comedic hay out of disconnected segments, contrived situations and tangential characters.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2012
The Five-Year Engagement originates with a pre-mythologized meet-cute and ends with Hollywood whimsy but insists on making the hurdles between as little like rom-com contrivance as the filmmakers can get away with.