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Celeste and Jesse Forever Reviews

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Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
Yes, the characters are impossibly beautiful and hip, but beyond that, they seem real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
August 16, 2012
With such erratic construction, the scant 91-minute runtime feels like it goes on forever.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 16, 2012
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" feels like it was created as a deliberate experiment: Can you write a romantic comedy that avoids the cliches of a romcom?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 15, 2012
It's easier to respect this attempt to toy with the cliches of romantic comedy than it is to enjoy the result.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
August 15, 2012
The tone established by director Lee Toland Krieger is flippant when it needs to be, ironic when it needs to be, playful when it needs to be, and serious when it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 14, 2012
Hits a dull patch and becomes an expected tale of regret.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
August 11, 2012
The problem with Celeste and Jesse Forever is that it inserts these two believable characters-and their credible conflict-into a rather lazy and conventional romantic comedy.
August 10, 2012
It's a mixed bag all in all, a hybrid that doesn't quite soar.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 10, 2012
This is a "personal" movie in a typically impersonal genre. And it gets at the way women, newly arrived on the dating scene and all their defenses down, can be stupefied by men.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 10, 2012
Yet one more of a series of summer films in which attractive, ambitious young women are punished for not accepting the man-children in their lives despite their torn-teddy-bear flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 9, 2012
Really shines as these people, whose codependence has trapped them in a state of arrested development, start to grow up -- for the most part, at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2012
Both old-fashioned and modern, both funny and melancholic, the witty, heartfelt "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is populated by moments that at first appear all too familiar, then turn out to surprise you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
This romantic comedy is ambitious and thoughtful, asking us to consider what makes a really good marriage, yet it's based on a sort of narrative sleight of hand.
Matt Pais
August 9, 2012
Absolutely confirms that Jones deserves more starring roles ... funny and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2012
Underneath it is an honest concern about how to learn to treat people well and kindly after the end. Or to get to an ending, or a new beginning, in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
A good-hearted romantic comedy about a likable couple - so likable, indeed, that it swims upstream against the current of our desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
August 8, 2012
The two main characters aren't very likeable and their relationship dynamics feel contrived.
Elliot V. Kotek
Paste Magazine
August 5, 2012
More than a mere laugh-fest, Lee Toland Krieger delivers a portrait of a relationship rife with contemporary uncertainties.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 4, 2012
...a better-than-average romantic comedy that benefits substantially from the efforts of its personable stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
August 3, 2012
The reward for sitting through Celeste and Jesse Forever comes in watching Samberg and especially Jones, who are so likable they almost make up for those shortcomings.
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