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Be Kind Rewind Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2008
I felt positive and genial while watching it, but I didn't break out in paroxysms of laughter. It's the kind of amusing film you can wait to see on DVD. I wonder if it will come out on VHS?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2008
Arguably the biggest problem with Be Kind Rewind is that Gondry never stops experimenting, even when the experimentation works against the movie's best interests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2008
The fake-movie vignettes are a delight to watch, and they would have made for great music videos or short films. What they don't do is hold together a movie where the characters are forgettable and the situations are contrived.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 21, 2008
Be Kind Rewind may exist in a hazy, dreamy time warp, but its artistic impulses are strictly YouTube.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
'Be Kind Rewind' is a whimsical adventure with genuine affection for its characters, but Gondry's story is essentially weightless, a fanciful flight in search of a raison d'etre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
What a foul junkyard of Quirk it is!
Christian Toto
Washington Times
August 1, 2008
Be Kind Rewind should gather dust on both DVD and VHS shelves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 24, 2008
Nothing can save this overambitious enterprise embarked upon by a couple of idiots, full of sound and fury but ultimately signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
And the film ought to be funny, with Mike and Jerry recreating those films as home movies. But somehow it's not, the laughs are very thin on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 22, 2008
Gondry would seem to have intended Be Kind Rewind more as a generous, sweet-tempered comic fable. But the souffle never rises.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 26, 2008
At best it's a collection of very good ideas in search of a framework, and at worst a dramatically stale film based on a terribly messy screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Orlando Parfitt
IGN Movies UK
February 22, 2008
The director has attempted to construct quite a complex little film here, but only parts of this delicate concoction work effectively. The movie feels like a strange, lightweight piece of ephemeral fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
January 22, 2008
A potentially brilliant idea for a movie has been squandered.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 22, 2008
Long before the movie ends, it slips right off the sprockets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 20, 2008
Unlike Eternal Sunshine, in which Gondry achieved real poignancy about a different kind of erasing, Be Kind Rewind falls into the same category as his The Science of Sleep: It's too silly, and straining too hard to be weird.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 22, 2008
Takes a clever concept and cobbles a weak story around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 22, 2008
One wants to protect this, but it's hard not to gag on the cuteness.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
February 21, 2008
Apparently intends to tell a story about people's relationships with movies but winds up saying films are impersonal just because they look professional and don't star YOU.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 20, 2008
A comedy hobbled by a preposterous plot and a phony finale.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 22, 2008
...quickly devolves into quirky boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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