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Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 68

Formulaic romantic comedy works better than it should thanks to a charming cast.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 21

Formulaic romantic comedy works better than it should thanks to a charming cast.



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Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) directs the romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! from a screenplay by TV scriptwriter Victor Levin. Famous Hollywood actor Tad Hamilton (soap opera star Josh Duhamel making his film debut) is trying to promote his new movie. His manager (Sean Hayes) and his agent (Nathan Lane) both convince him to participate in a dating contest in order to improve his bad-boy image. The contest is won by Rosalee Futch (Kate Bosworth), an attractive young checkout girl


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Victor Levin

Apr 20, 2004


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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (68) | DVD (24)

The actors, especially Grace, fight hard against a schizoid script (the kids are rubes one sec, hipsters the next) and cotton-candy direction from Robert Luketic.

January 29, 2004
Rolling Stone
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It must be admitted that the final 10 minutes of Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! are likable: one cliche following another, but with charming restraint. Or it might just have been that the movie's simple-mindedness wore me down.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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Suffers from a lack of conviction.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source:
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It's hard to care whether it's Tad or Pete who wins Rosalee's heart, and Luketic's direction is merely functional. Yet the film is not a chore, mostly because its leading lady makes the not-quite-plausible Rosalee consistently appealing company.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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There is no reason on God's good Earth to see this movie.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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Win A Date With Tad Hamilton might be as nauseating as its assumptions of wholesomeness, but for some smart dialogue and acting.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Fluffy, but well-made and irresistibly cute.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A reliably warm and sweet film...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Puppy love at its most bearable!

March 31, 2007
Bean Soup Times

Fails to produce one single convincingly realistic moment.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

We might have to use our seat cushions to float on all this goo.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Grace isn't a confident or resourceful enough actor to withstand the film's lopsided focus on Tad, or Duhamel's unexpectedly warm and cheerful presence.

July 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Comment (1)
Nick's Flick Picks

Few people younger than 11 or over 19 will find much to swoon about in this bland picture.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

As patently sweet as the trailers and title lead you to believe, and with a cast like this, the audience is the real winner.

May 14, 2004

Should a film about true love really leave you wanting more Hollywood glitz and less down home charm?

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Deeply corny, thoroughly predictable and only barely funny and charming enough to win us over

April 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This breezy no-brainer is the perfect recipe for escapist fun at just the right time, smack in the middle of Oscar season

February 9, 2004 Full Review

...a teen movie about a sweet girl-next-door who's actually got a head on her shoulders. But unlike director Luketic, I'm not sure this Cinderella falls for the right fella.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Romantic comedy isn't rocket science, but it's nice to sit through one that makes you laugh, stirs the sentiment, and also leaves you feeling good about all the characters.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

There's nothing here that hasn't been seen or done before, but Luketic and his stars' unabashed sweetness and sincerity make for a winning confection.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! isn't as lame as most January releases, but it's hardly a dream date.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

The cast gives it the real heave-ho. Unfortunately, by the time the movie reaches its...conclusion, the whole audience is tempted to forgo the ho and just simply heave.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Bosworth brings real charm to a character that might easily have come off as a simpering ninny.

January 28, 2004 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

Duhamel certainly passes as a fox - a fact I only mention because the folks at DreamWorks clearly use his looks as a marketing tool.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Audience Reviews for Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!

Cute feel-good movie which I always enjoy. Okay, it's pretty silly, but I can't help but like it.
I didn't realize Ginnifer Goodwin was in this, so that's another plus, I don't think I knew who she was last time I watched this years ago. Good cast including Topher Grace and Sean Hayes. Just a nice little far fetched story.
March 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Really enjoyed this film. Topher Grace is adorable! The ending made me have a smile on my face. A must see chick flick!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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This movie was cute, but that's about it. I didn't laugh or even giggle very much. I think the ending may have bumped it up half a star, I didn't see that exact ending coming and thought it was clever. The deleted scenes were funnier than the movie. I mean Paris Hilton parachuting into Tad's pool...why wasn't that in the movie?
February 19, 2010

Super Reviewer

My dad always says, "There is no such thing as chick flicks. There are bad films, and there are good films." I have grown up my whole life with this philosophy so believe me when I tell you that I have no bias against chick flicks. This, however, does not fall into the 'good movie' category. Kate Bosworth might be lovely (she is by the way) and Josh Duhamel might have made a lot of money (he did by the way) but the film itself consists of a boring storyline, average performances and an ending which I had time to make an entire roast lamb dinner for once I saw it coming. Topher Grace tries with all his might to hold the film together with the most genuine performance and natural comedic talent, but it's more than anyone would have been able to handle. Kudos for trying Topher. Don't worry, Spiderman 3 makes you pretty rich, pretty soon.

Defining Scene:
The extremely cheesy confrontation scene with Topher and Josh. Topher obviously did what he could with the script available but the forces of darkness were too strong.
October 19, 2009
Thomas Bowler

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    1. Rosalee Futch: Do you think it's possible to love someone your whole life and never really realize it until something happens that makes you see?
    – Submitted by Cathy D (2 years ago)
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