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Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! Reviews


Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
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January 31, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 29, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 27, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B-

January 24, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Suffers from a lack of conviction.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 24, 2004
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There is no reason on God's good Earth to see this movie.

January 23, 2004
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's all predictable stuff, but played with a nice lightness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 23, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Veering from throwback innocence to modern cynicism, the movie is neither a compelling underdog story nor an especially funny romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Too overbearing to be funny.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 23, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film may not break the romantic comedy mold, but at least it offers some engaging chiseling.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

January 23, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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There is nothing special about this half-hearted satire of Hollywood and small-town life, and Bosworth is not particularly memorable in it.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Date is precisely a date movie, nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to get all that excited about either.

| Original Score: C+

January 23, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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What it lacks in clever writing and direction it nearly makes up for through its likable cast.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A light yet deftly paced date movie.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 23, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a movie for people who haunt the aisles of the video stores searching for 1950s romances.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Fourteen- year-old girls will find the movie enchanting. Your own response may depend on your tolerance for confectioner's sugar.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Sweet but clumsy, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton is a youth film with an appealing cast and not much idea what to do with it.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 23, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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A cast of sparkly young actors and the odd blip of genuine sweetness help sugarcoat tonal inconsistencies, the bluntness of the satire and the utter implausibility of the plot.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 22, 2004
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! starts out as fresh as your popcorn, but turns stale before you finish it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Formulaic, predictable and skimpy on characters, it succeeds, thanks to a lively, fresh cast and a director who sidesteps cornball sweetness.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

January 22, 2004
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Thanks to the good cast, there are worse ways to spend your time.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 22, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The movie's got enough genuine wit to keep it a notch above most contemporary comedies.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

January 22, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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For a good time, make a date with Tad Hamilton.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A sweet little nothing of a romantic comedy that has all the edge of an overstuffed cream puff.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A sweet-natured romantic comedy that's easy viewing but could have used a little more energy and a little less unalloyed niceness to put it over with more punch.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Win a Date is easy to like, and easy to forget.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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The enterprise seems cobbled together by someone who reads nothing but back issues of People magazine.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 22, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film feels terribly dated, flat and inbred, as if it was created by people who acquired all their knowledge of human nature from old movies.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 22, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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[A] refreshingly laid-back romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 22, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Win should please its core audience, which includes anyone who might actually want to win a date with Tad Hamilton. Others may opt to wait for another date with Kate Bosworth -- or Nathan Lane.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 22, 2004
Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A fluffy, forgettable bit of froth that has little to do with reality as we know it.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

January 22, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For those who are looking for a mediocre teen date movie with a love story that it more obligatory than heartfelt, Win a Date will do the job.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 20, 2004
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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An oddity, unsure of its tone and even of what period it's set in.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 20, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I found it to be a leftover John Hughes triangle.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 14, 2004

Chicago Reader
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January 10, 2004
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A nice but inconsequential romancer.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 8, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Exposition is poorly executed, genuine laughs come infrequently and you quickly lose confidence that the filmmakers even understand what their basic joke is.

January 6, 2004
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