Alex & Emma Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2012
The actors make this fun if you can overlook the ludicrous view of Jeremy Leven's screenplay concerning how novels are written and what publishers generally pay for them.
Cole Smithey
June 2, 2009
"Alex & Emma" has a light tone of modernized '20s inflected comedy that Woody Allen would love to still be able to capture in his movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
December 13, 2004
What is unusual about the film is that we see both the real life of the characters, and scenes from the hero's novel.
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
Delves into ... all the odious cliches of the romantic comedy genre, but Reiner justifies it by laughing at the ridiculousness of his own story.
| Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 24, 2003
Mesmo escrito sem maiores cuidados ou reflexões (assim como o livro de seu protagonista), o longa é ingênuo (no sentido positivo da palavra) o bastante para divertir por 90 minutos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 20, 2003
This romantic comedy gets off to a slow and oddly pitched start before settling into its own pleasant groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma is lighter than helium, but it's just sturdy enough to be pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2003
Imitating that life, Alex & Emma is more artifice than art. But chemistry is the key to a romantic comedy, and this one has enough to unlock guarded hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Rocchi
June 19, 2003
Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rob Reiner gives us a so-so metatextual romance -- "When Sally Adapted Harry."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 19, 2003
Alex & Emma isn't nearly as clever as Reiner's classic Misery, a very different look at a male writer and his female companion. But it's diverting fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Venable
June 18, 2003
While it's no When Harry Met Sally, it is a nice return to the genre by director Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 18, 2003
The movie works. Well, it does for me. And, I suspect, it will for anyone who isn't looking for Dostoevsky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.8/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 17, 2003
Wilson does his best work ever, and Hudson is her usual charming self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 17, 2003
Wilson and Hudson's chemistry is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
June 16, 2003
Saved from being mere fluff by the smooth transitions from the present to 1924 and back.
Full Review | Original Score: B

February 8, 2012
About as funny as root canal work and as romantic as a rainy fortnight in Wrexham. Rob Reiner should make a phone call to Christopher Guest a priority.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Uninspired -- neither romantic nor comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
No matter how hard Alex and Emma tries, it's still the same package but with new wrapping.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
What might have looked like a good idea on paper goes seriously awry in the screen treatment of this clunker from writer Jeremy Leven and director Rob Reiner.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A miserable failure on every count.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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