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Chasing Amy Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 2014
With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
February 7, 2014
There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 7, 2014
As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 7, 2014
Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
February 7, 2014
Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2014
The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 3, 2009
Smith isn't just fooling around anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2009
The third time out is the real charm for writer-director Kevin Smith.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2009
Neither PC nor crudely anti-PC, this tough and tender movie, like its characters, is prepared to take emotional risks, and the comic book milieu is deftly sketched in.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 5, 2008
Amusing and appealing.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
Instead of cool twenty-something irony, Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The script moves beyond Smith's customary cataloguing of male adolescent ignorance and idiocy to offer sharp insights into the romanticism and pragmatism, pride and double standards that define the tangled threesome.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Smith is at his best when he's letting his movie be silly. The more he chases significance, the more Chasing Amy fails to find its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Brace
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Can a script exploring some truly deep questions about human sexuality and emotions be any shoddier and wooden? Will Miramax continue to fund one of the worst directors in the business? Don't stay tuned.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
It's a rude blast of gleeful provocation, a farce about emotional pain, a drama about sexual slapstick.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.
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Mary Brennan
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
As funny as the observational outrage humor of Clerks, but Smith is working harder.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As Chasing Amy redefines the boy-meets-girl formula for a culture where anything goes, including perhaps another boy or girl, it thrives on Smith's dry, deadpan direction.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue, particularly in the arguments between Holden and Alyssa.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Lacks insight and finesse, and feels like a boldfaced Rorschach for Smith's own hang-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
While the surface of his film sparkles with sharp, ironic dialogue, deeper issues are forming, and Chasing Amy develops into a film of touching insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This movie is about something, and the deeper we get into it, the more we realize how emotionally on-target the script is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
A brutally honest romance. If you loved Sleepless in Seattle, you'll just hate it.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Often funny but ultimately wrenching
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It could prove to be as bad a date movie for some couples as it might be a real turn-on for others. Anyone with set ideas about sex roles or orientations is likely to get steamed.