Critics Consensus

Critics say Bounce is more of a thud. Plot turns feel cliched and contrived, and the romance between Paltrow and Affleck fails to engage.



Total Count: 107


Audience Score

User Ratings: 21,830
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A successful and self-absorbed Los Angeles advertising executive switches airline tickets with a stranger just before boarding a long-delayed flight. When the stranger's plane goes down, killing all aboard, the executive has an epiphany. He later decides to track down the widow of the man he switched tickets with, and they soon fall in love; however she is unaware of the true connection between her late husband and this new love of her life.

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Ben Affleck
as Buddy Amaral
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Abby Janello
Tony Goldwyn
as Greg Janello
Alex D. Linz
as Scott Janello
David Dorfman
as Joey Janello
Joe Morton
as Jim Willer
Jennifer Grey
as Janice Guerrero
David Paymer
as Prosecuting Attorney Mandel
Sam Robards
as Todd Exner
Caroline Aaron
as Donna Heisen
Juan García
as Kevin Walters
Mary Ellen Lyon
as Ellen Seitz
Edward Edwards
as Ron Wachter
Thea Mann
as Karen
David McCharen
as Narrator, Infinity Air Commercial
Michael Laskin
as Frank Steadman
Michael Ayala
as Court TV Reporter
Don Amendolia
as Infinity Attorney
John Levin
as Janice's Attorney
Chris Harrison
as Chicago Anchor
Eric Aude
as Prom Boy
Richard Saxton
as CNN Reporter
Lisa Joyner
as TV Announcer
Dave McCharen
as Narrator Infinity Air Commercial
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Critic Reviews for Bounce

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (51)

Audience Reviews for Bounce

  • May 15, 2010
    This movie is easy going and maybe a little bit boring. The plot was good and so were the actors. I like Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow but this movie does not reflect their greatest performances.This is a story about two men who switch plane tickets and when the one plane crashes and kills the passengers on board, the other man feels horrified and guilty, so he decides to find the deceased man's wife to tell her what happened to her husband. When he meets with the widow he starts falling in love with her which was not what he intended. If you want something easy to watch for a Sunday afternoon, this one would be a good choice.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    Two strangers fell in love. One knew it wasn't by chance.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2009
    Cute but really sad movie. Some of the parts were kinda long, but I liked it for the most part.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2009
    An improbable love story that revolves around the burden of guilt felt by those who have been touched by tragedy. Buddy (Ben Affleck), an ad-man, gives up his seat on a flight from Chicago to LA to a man trying to get home to his family. The plane goes down, leaving Buddy with a boatload of guilt. He eventually goes to check on the family and meets and falls in love with the widow, Abby (Gwyneth Paltrow). Neither of them is entirely truthful and the dramatic tension is supplied when the truth comes out, as it must. Fine acting, an emotional story, and a solid supporting cast captured this viewer. Classic boy meets girl tale with a somber twist. Four and a half stars.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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