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America's Sweethearts Reviews

October 29, 2002
The film isn't just banal, it's aggressively, arrogantly banal.
March 19, 2002
The kind of flick that gives fluff a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2002
The premise falters along with much of the shtick.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 6, 2001
Both harmlessly cynical and deeply fatuous.
August 2, 2001
America's Sweethearts is a balloon, all right -- a lead one.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 27, 2001
A boring, brain-dead flop.
July 27, 2001
Too cynically slick and emotionally shallow.
July 24, 2001
A lackluster screwball comedy and dubious Julia Roberts vehicle.
July 23, 2001
A clunky ribbing of the movie industry.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 20, 2001
The movie is a polished muddle, fitfully amusing but with no spine.
July 20, 2001
It's a perfectly fine setup for romantic-comedy capering, with enough good one-liners to satisfy. But Roth seems a bit at sea with his powerhouse cast.
July 20, 2001
Doesn't contain a single genuine emotion. It's just as bogus and hollow as the movie business it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 20, 2001
Occasionally amusing, but also an irritating mess.
July 20, 2001
As undemanding summer movies go, America's Sweethearts is surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2001
For the farce it so desperately wants to be, the film often feels slack and too reliant on so-so punch lines for laughs.
July 20, 2001
The movie is often chaotic and sometimes so silly and broad it borders on slapstick, but mostly it's just dumb fun.
July 20, 2001
You go to America's Sweethearts anticipating a prime flossy, glossy entertainment. You come away better by a few laughs but with expectations sadly deflated.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 20, 2001
Given its subject matter, it's too genial to cut deep.
July 20, 2001
The script is full of half-considered character stances.
July 20, 2001
All these good actors and all Crystal's sass and witty candor can't bring back the heyday of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. Or even, most of the time, their off-days.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2001
America's Sweethearts recycles Singin' in the Rain but lacks the sassy genius of that 1952 musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 20, 2001
The film is longer on one-liners than inventiveness, focus, and sharp characterization.
July 19, 2001
Not so much a terrible movie as a tryingly bland one, the star-stuffed America's Sweethearts actually manages to make Entertainment Tonight seem dangerous by comparison.
July 19, 2001
The movie has no sparkle, no charm, nothing to sweep us off our feet.
July 19, 2001
A terrific romantic comedy about narcissism, insincerity, lunacy and glamour.
July 19, 2001
Like a bottle of lukewarm Champagne -- an expensive one, judging by the label -- America's Sweethearts opens with a promising burst of effervescence and quickly goes flat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 19, 2001
[T]he jokes mostly fell flat.
July 19, 2001
It has the misfortune of being both too inside for outsiders and too unlikely for those in the know.
July 19, 2001
A slam-dunk for Julia Roberts.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2001
Ex-Disney exec and production company honcho Joe Roth, who hasn't directed in 11 years, is somewhat out of practice and out of touch.
July 19, 2001
A mildly amusing mess.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 19, 2001
It's dull, two-dimensional, and totally toothless.
July 19, 2001
Enormously engaging in its opening segments, it's unable to sustain that good feeling over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2001
Opens with terrific promise, reaches a few dead ends but usually redeems itself.
July 19, 2001
A Billy Crystal shtick-fest masquerading as romantic-comedy, though it's hardly ever romantic and only occasionally funny.
July 19, 2001
Pleasant old-school comedy with a few modern, edgy twists.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 19, 2001
A miasma of vanity envelops America's Sweethearts where wit ought to reign.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 19, 2001
One of the most caustic and hilarious looks behind the scenes of movie-making since Bowfinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2001
America's Sweethearts begins as a smartly promising, gently farcical comedy of manners and ends as sourly and haphazardly as the lives it is poking fun at.
July 16, 2001
Leaves you shaking your head over a lost opportunity to make a really great comedy.