500 Days of Summer (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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
PG-13 (for sexual material and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Zooey Deschanel
as Summer Finn
Geoffrey Arend
as McKenzie
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Rachel Hansen
Clark Gregg
as Vance
Rachel Boston
as Alison
Charles Walker
as Millie's New Husband
Darryl Alan Reed
as Bus Driver
Valente Rodriguez
as Employee #1
Minka Kelly
as Girl at Interview
Yvette Nicole Brown
as New Secretary
Nicole Vicius
as Partygoer
Natalie Boren
as Another Partygoer
Kevin Michael
as Wedding Singer
Sid Wilner
as Grossman
Jean-Paul Vignon
as French Narrator
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Critic Reviews for 500 Days of Summer

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (47)

An unpredictable, immensely satisfying experience, much like love itself.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Time Out
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This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.

July 30, 2009
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It isn't Hugh and Andie or Meg and whomever, but (500) Days offers hope that Hollywood can pass that romance baton to somebody other than the crude crew of the Kappa Alpha Apatow frat house.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for 500 Days of Summer

Despite its clever idea, this unfunny romantic comedy full of clichés is centered on an annoying, uninteresting couple who never convinces us of what they feel - and it is almost impossible to understand how anyone would fall in love with Zooey Deschanel's detestable character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Lats
Red Lats

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I usually hate romantic comedies for the sheer fact that they always use the same, recycled ideas over and over again, despite changing the storyline slightly and changing the title. I was pleasantly surprised by 500 Days of Summer, I didn't expect much from the film, and I really thought it was going to be a clichéd rom com; however I was surprised that though it had traditional genre elements, it completely reinvented the style, and it took a very different route than your traditional genre film. The story is very good, as well as the acting and I enjoyed the chemistry of the two lead actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, whom are well suited for the parts they play. The vibe of the film is different, refreshing and it makes for one of the best romantic comedies that I have seen. This was a pleasant surprise and I thought it was a highly entertaining picture from start to finish, and it's one of the few genre films where we the ideas just connect with the viewer. For me, what really stood out for me were the two lead performances, which I thought were terrific and the direction by director Marc Webb keeps you involved from start to finish. Sure, there could have been some slight improvement here and there, but overall this is a superbly well crafted picture that definitely brings a breath of fresh air to the romantic comedy genre. Add to that a few dramatic elements, and you have a movie that is thoroughly engaging and above all worth seeing for viewers that are skeptical about these sorts of films. 500 Days of Summer is an accomplished film, one that is well acted and directed and it's a thoroughly engaging picture from start to finish.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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