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Alex & Emma Reviews

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.
June 26, 2003
It has no tempo, energy or pulse.
June 24, 2003
This isn't one for the time capsule -- just bury it.
June 23, 2003
It's paint by numbers.
June 21, 2003
Dull and listless from the start, partly because the leads fail to connect and partly because both the script and the direction let them down.
June 20, 2003
A desperately slight romantic comedy marked by contrived romance and little comedy.
June 20, 2003
Meant to be a funny, feel-good love story. Instead, it feels wan and uninspired, despite its likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
A movie within a movie that proves two halves don't always make a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 20, 2003
Unlike When Harry Met Sally, director Reiner's greatest romantic-comedy achievement, Alex & Emma never reaches the point where you root for the couple to get together.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma is lighter than helium, but it's just sturdy enough to be pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
A literary-minded romantic comedy that barely passes English and flunks chemistry.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 20, 2003
The book-within -the-film is a bad light comedy inside another bad light comedy.
June 20, 2003
[The film] fails despite Kate Hudson's tinkling laugh and Luke Wilson's likably laconic presence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
Watching Wilson and Hudson toil thanklessly through this mess is more laborious than writing the Great American Novel. And a lot less lucrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 20, 2003
It's a little like Adaptation, but with the contemporary fashion for romantic comedies with a deadline.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
Insomniacs in search of a solid two-hour nap should greet the arrival of Alex & Emma with some enthusiasm. All others will want to diligently avoid this film.
Read More | Original Score: D
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma has trouble overcoming the badness of the novel at the center of its story. It doesn't help that the movie declares it a literary success.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
Alex and Emma is a film for people who haven't been to the movies since the silent era.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 20, 2003
An essentially derivative, static and zing-free endeavor.
June 20, 2003
How bad is this movie? You wouldn't want me to count the ways.
June 20, 2003
You'll leave Alex and Emma feeling as if you've spent a couple of decades interned in a gulag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 20, 2003
A movie they'll want to hurry past during the AFI tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 20, 2003
An often dismal romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: C-
June 20, 2003
Wan humor, no spark.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2003
If you want this sort of processed, innocuous entertainment, there's no need to even leave the house.
June 19, 2003
The perfect date movie for pseudo-literary half-wits.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 19, 2003
The picture is desperate to be a Date Night event, but it feels more like a Last Date movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 19, 2003
Wasting the talents of Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson and Sophie Marceau, this Rob Reiner-directed film is unconvincing in its core idea -- said to be inspired by Dostoevsky but likely to have the poor man weeping in his grave -- and in its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 19, 2003
Staleness smothers virtually every scene of Alex & Emma.
Full Review | Original Score: D
June 19, 2003
A dreary, unfunny, painfully forced affair.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 19, 2003
Alex & Emma is an amalgam of cliches about writers and burlesque stereotypes of foreigners.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 19, 2003
Silly slice of Lean Cuisine.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 19, 2003
It's a static film that searches vainly for a consistent tone.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2003
Frankly, this screenplay plays like something slapped together in 30 days to settle a gambling debt, except that it lacks the manic tension or focus you'd expect from anything written by a man facing execution.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2003
Hudson and Wilson's chemistry wouldn't light a cigarette.
Read More | Original Score: D
June 18, 2003
Though it is arguably Reiner's least grotesque film of the last decade, it seems the work of a director in absentia.
June 18, 2003
This is a warmed-over, low-end recycling of director Rob Reiner's own When Harry Met Sally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2003
Could almost be a Mad TV parody of a god-awful modern romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 16, 2003
Pairing two bankable actors as likable Kate Hudson and Luke Wilson in a romantic comedy would seem like a recipe for success, but the end result proves to be a dull, draggy disappointment.