Alex & Emma Reviews

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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.
Top Critic
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.
June 20, 2003
A movie within a movie that proves two halves don't always make a whole.
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.
June 20, 2003
Alex & Emma is lighter than helium, but it's just sturdy enough to be pleasing.
June 20, 2003
A literary-minded romantic comedy that barely passes English and flunks chemistry.
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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2003
It's a little like Adaptation, but with the contemporary fashion for romantic comedies with a deadline.
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.
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.
June 20, 2003
Alex and Emma is a film for people who haven't been to the movies since the silent era.
June 20, 2003
An essentially derivative, static and zing-free endeavor.
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