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License to Wed Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 7, 2013
It's exactly what it looks like from the commercials -- a one-joke movie, and that one joke isn't even funny to begin with.
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July 6, 2007
Despite its fuzzy, getting-to-know-you message, the movie itself offers zero motivation for any of its protagonists.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 6, 2007
Like some weddings, License to Wed is a long sit and a bland buffet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 6, 2007
This assaultively unappealing 'romantic comedy' could well mark the opening salvo in a whole new Hollywood campaign against movie piracy. Anybody who'd steal this dud would stink just from carrying it around.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2007
I hereby pronounce you a flop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 6, 2007
Williams is the worst offender. Even he finally seems to be tired of his own act.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 6, 2007
Forget about Saw, Hostel and all the other films in the new, notorious torture-porn genre. If you're looking for a really sick movie, check out License to Wed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2007
The inert License to Wed shambles along one lame scene after another.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 5, 2007
...even if I could have put up with the unpleasantness of this as comedy, I still would have balked at the eventual portrayal of this monster [Williams] as an angel in disguise.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 5, 2007
I have rarely seen a movie with less self-knowledge than License to Wed, an awful comedy made ever so slightly fascinating because of its dual personality.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 5, 2007
A blitzed-looking man stumbling out of a screening of this dreadful excuse for unromantic comedy volunteered that the best part of the movie was when Robin Williams got socked in the jaw. Couldn't agree more...
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2007
There's bad, there's awful and there's horrible, and then somewhere beyond that, in its own Kingdom of Lousy -- where all the milk curdles and the jokes aren't funny -- is License to Wed.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 3, 2007
It's highly amusing and its cast is extremely persuasive, playing the kind of roles that kill most careers: genuinely nice people.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 3, 2007
The movie is plodding, predictable, formulaic and, worst of all, not funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 3, 2007
The story ends with a sentimental clunk. To say the picture isn't funny is putting it mildly. It isn't tolerable.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2007
All it does is make you wish [Robin Williams] never discovered movies -- or, at least, stuck to voicing cartoons and doing the odd, occasional drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2007
The movie is a pastiche of tortured slapstick, groan-inducing dialogue and a lethal dose of treacle, apparently awaiting one of Williams' trademark sprees of riffing and vamping to save the day. That moment never comes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 3, 2007
It is only the latest attempt by a Hollywood studio to pander to prurience and piety in a single gesture, and to avoid giving offense by treating all possible factions of the public equally, which is to say like idiots.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 3, 2007
Will Robin Williams ever divorce himself from the unholy union of silliness and sentimentality?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 3, 2007
Just another mediocre addition -- worse than the best sitcoms, better than the worst -- to the expanding list of movies that make Netflix a far more appealing option than going to a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 3, 2007
Krasinski affirms that he can carry more than a desk job on The Office, and Moore plays straight gal in a film that improves, at least, on her last role in the ugh-inducing Because I Said So. License to Wed doesn't fail her this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2007
The creepy-faced robot twin babies are funny (for a while); the rest of the film is not. It's like Meet the Parents with Dr. Phil as the officiant from hell.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 3, 2007
It's supposedly a romantic comedy, so imagine a couple of hilarious physical jokes -- you know, a guy takes a baseball to the face, ha-ha -- and channel in a few moments of Robin Williams doing his improv shtick around some key words.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 3, 2007
Anyone who has been through the process of church-mandated marriage preparation counseling should get a chuckle out of License to Wed, that is if the comedy weren't so badly handled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 3, 2007
You'd never know from License to Wed that Krasinski is a big asset to The Office. Here, playing an unappealing male lead, he merely smugs his way through the assignment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 3, 2007
This is the sort of lobotomized, condescendingly lazy movie that leaves you resentful of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 3, 2007
All poor Krasinski can do is sigh, look to the camera, and beg for deliverance.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 3, 2007
No matter how hard I try, I'm finding it difficult to write anything positive about License to Wed. This movie is bad from top to bottom, front to back, and start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 2, 2007
Somewhere along the way, somebody should have pulled this License, at least until the writers found funnier stuff for everybody to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 2, 2007
License to Wed is another lamebrain Hollywood comedy in which a peanut gallery of the shrill and the narcissistic conspire to drive a wedge between two innocents.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 30, 2007
Unleashing Robin Williams in the least flattering possible manner, License to Wed squanders the modest chemistry between its appealing central couple uniting its elements in an astonishingly flat romantic comedy.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2007
Comedies don't get much lamer than License to Wed. Working from a flawed premise with characters lacking credibility and plot turns more moronic than funny, the movie flatlines in about five minutes.