500 Days of Summer

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A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.



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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb's wry, nonlinear romantic comedy about a man who falls head over heels for a woman who doesn't believe in love. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect who currently earns his living as a greeting card writer. Upon encountering his boss' beautiful new secretary, Summer (Deschanel), Tom discovers that the pair have plenty in common despite the fact that she's seemingly out of his league; for starters, they both love the Smiths, and they're both fans of surrealist artist Magritte. Before long Tom is smitten. All he can think about is Summer. Tom believes deeply in the concept of soul mates, and he's finally found his. Unfortunately for Tom, Summer sees true love as the stuff of fairy tales, and isn't looking for romance. Undaunted and undeterred by his breezy lover's casual stance on relationships, Tom summons all of his might and courage to pursue Summer and convince her that their love is real. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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  • The principals perform their roles nicely, but there really isn't much for them to do. Undoubtedly, the age gap has influenced my negative response.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • An unpredictable, immensely satisfying experience, much like love itself.

    Feb 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.

    Feb 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    Top Critic
  • If it just misses being this generation's 'Annie Hall', it's still deliciously refreshing, sweet and fizzy. A sherbet dip of a movie.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is hardly the freshest romantic comedy of the past 20 years. Taking the best bits from other movies and rearranging them in a non-linear sequence does not make for an original film.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 500 Days of Summer

  • Nov 14, 2016
    While Deschanel was wonderfully charming, Levitt ruined the film along with Arend. The musical numbers were not impressive and the story was really superficial. If you are looking for some cheesy romantic comedy with no chemistry then this will do, otherwise please avoid.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2016
    A fun movie for anyone in there 20's and possibly other ranges. Both leads do a great job of delivering dialogue in a well directed script. There are several fun moments in this movie that may come off as cheesy if you aren't fully invested. There is a lot of jumping around but it gives you the feel of hearing a friend telling a disjointed tale of his love life. The manic pixie dream girl character may be over done today, but this was one of the first movies that started things off. Definitely a cute watch, not technically a romance so don't let that turn you away.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2015
    500 Days is different love story, and worth watching. I would have rated it higher, but I found the non-linear presentation confusing. It felt like taking Shakespeare in class and having to read it a couple of times to figure it out.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2015
    Quality film. I know this is technically a chick flick, but I love the way this is filmed, and the comedy is great. There were some times here where I legitimately laughed out loud at some of the jokes. This is just a really likable film, and I'm glad that I saw it.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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