Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
January 31, 2004
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 29, 2004
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
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January 27, 2004
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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 24, 2004
Suffers from a lack of conviction.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
There is no reason on God's good Earth to see this movie.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 23, 2004
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton might be as nauseating as its assumptions of wholesomeness, but for some smart dialogue and acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 23, 2004
It's all predictable stuff, but played with a nice lightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 23, 2004
Veering from throwback innocence to modern cynicism, the movie is neither a compelling underdog story nor an especially funny romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 23, 2004
Too overbearing to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 23, 2004
The film may not break the romantic comedy mold, but at least it offers some engaging chiseling.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 23, 2004
Date is precisely a date movie, nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to get all that excited about either.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 23, 2004
What it lacks in clever writing and direction it nearly makes up for through its likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 23, 2004
A light yet deftly paced date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 23, 2004
Here is a movie for people who haunt the aisles of the video stores searching for 1950s romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 23, 2004
Fourteen- year-old girls will find the movie enchanting. Your own response may depend on your tolerance for confectioner's sugar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
January 22, 2004
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 22, 2004
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! starts out as fresh as your popcorn, but turns stale before you finish it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 22, 2004
Formulaic, predictable and skimpy on characters, it succeeds, thanks to a lively, fresh cast and a director who sidesteps cornball sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2004
Thanks to the good cast, there are worse ways to spend your time.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 22, 2004
The movie's got enough genuine wit to keep it a notch above most contemporary comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 22, 2004
For a good time, make a date with Tad Hamilton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 22, 2004
A sweet little nothing of a romantic comedy that has all the edge of an overstuffed cream puff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2004
Win a Date is easy to like, and easy to forget.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 22, 2004
The enterprise seems cobbled together by someone who reads nothing but back issues of People magazine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 22, 2004
[A] refreshingly laid-back romantic comedy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 22, 2004
A fluffy, forgettable bit of froth that has little to do with reality as we know it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
January 20, 2004
An oddity, unsure of its tone and even of what period it's set in.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2004
I found it to be a leftover John Hughes triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Chicago Reader
January 10, 2004
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 8, 2004
A nice but inconsequential romancer.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2004
Exposition is poorly executed, genuine laughs come infrequently and you quickly lose confidence that the filmmakers even understand what their basic joke is.