Critics Consensus

While not without its nostalgic charms, Rob Reiner's sometimes awkward adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's childhood novel doesn't reach the heights of the director's earlier work like Stand By Me.



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When second-graders Bryce and Juli first meet, Juli knows it's love. Bryce isn't so sure. Beginning that day, and for the next six years, young Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) does everything he can to keep his outspoken wannabe girlfriend at arm's length...which isn't easy since they go to the same school and live across the street from each other. Smart, dreamy, independent and willing to stand up for what she believes in, Juli (Madeline Carroll) is different from anyone else he knows and, frankly, it's a little overwhelming. What's a guy supposed to do when a girl tells him his hair smells like watermelon or wants him to sit in a tree for the spectacular view? There's just no telling what Juli will do next, and Bryce is one guy who'd rather be safe than sorry. Though disappointed by Bryce's unwillingness to see things her way, or even to see the things in life she finds most meaningful, Juli continues to give her potential dreamboat the benefit of the doubt. Until those doubts stack up so high that she finally thinks maybe she was wrong about him. It's just about the same time Bryce starts to think maybe he was wrong about her, too. But is he too late? The coming-of-age romantic comedy "Flipped," from director Rob Reiner, takes Bryce and Juli from Grade School to Junior High, through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, as they make the discoveries that will define who they are--and who they are to each other. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Madeline Carroll
as Juli Baker
Callan McAuliffe
as Bryce Loski
Rebecca De Mornay
as Patsy Loski
Anthony Edwards
as Steven Loski
John Mahoney
as Chet Duncan
Aidan Quinn
as Richard Baker
Kevin Weisman
as Daniel Baker
Morgan Lily
as Young Juli
Ryan Ketzner
as Young Bryce
Gillian Pfaff
as Young Lynetta
Michael Boza
as Teasing Boy
Beau Lerner
as Teasing Boy
Jacquelyn M. Evola
as Playground Girl
Taylor Groothuis
as Playground Girl
Elly Bryant
as Playground Girl
Ashley Taylor
as Sherry Stalls
Cody Horn
as Lynetta
Frankie Potochick
as Neighborhood Kid
Quintin Hicks
as Tree Worker
Wallace Bridges
as Tree Worker
Inga Wilson
as Mrs. Kimble
Shane Harper
as Matt Baker
Linda Auwers
as Mrs. Meisner
Ruth Crawford
as Mrs. Steuby
Stefanie Scott
as Dana Tressler
Joseph Varsanik
as Boy in Hallway
Tyler Moylan
as Boy in Hallway
Tristan DeRoches
as Boy in Hallway
Pat Lentz
as Mrs. McClure
Chase Gall
as Basket Boy
Matthew Gold
as Eddie Trulock
Michele Messmer
as Pello's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Flipped

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (34)

  • At times, the movie feels like a commercial for Wonder Bread, stretched to feature length.

    Sep 24, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Flipped is Rob Reiner's best film in 18 years.

    Sep 13, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Flipped is as phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it's as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.

    Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Reiner, who made the similarly themed The Sure Thing about opposites who repel and attract, is a most sympathetic director of actors.

    Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a bit too Wonder Years at times, but the odd two-narrators gimmick plays right into the film's "flip" in structure.

    Sep 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • That Flipped isn't insufferably cute is a measure of its integrity. But it still strains to view the world through the eyes of children without a filter of grown-up cynicism.

    Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Flipped

  • Sep 10, 2016
    Rob Reiner delivers another nostalgia fest of a film, a movie that seemingly has no qualms with sickingly saccharine moments of youthful innocence. Does Flipped compare to other similar Reiner films, like Stand By Me? No. But what Flipped does, it does well. The acting is genuine, and manages to capture a semblance of the timeless facets of youth that seem unburdened by time. Although the film can err on playing out like something out of a 50's TV series, Reiner manages to blend the cutesy kitsch with touching moments that keep this film from turning into a sugary mess. One could argue the film is slow and uneventful, and to a certain extant I agree. Despite this, Flipped manages to intrigue and make you feel all fuzzy inside. 3.5/5.
    Brendan L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    This is a sweet film by Rob Reiner that doesn't get too sentimental. The reason why it works is because of its smart casting choices. If you want to feel good about how things used to be this is a good choice.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2012
    Simple and watchable. Love the 60's era, the direction, the cast and the reference was done pretty well but again it's a simple tell about young love, if this is your cup of tea then go ahead, you will love it. 6.5/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2012
    Flipped is another film that managed to tug at the heartstrings. Though it revolved mainly on young romance, it's also about family and growing up. Juli Baker is one of the best persons I've ever known. She is a sweet innocent soul who was able to think maturely ahead of her peers. She's someone whose wit you'll surely look up to, and whose personality you'll certainly fall for. Flipped is another motion picture that is very simple yet utterly beautiful.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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