Hitch (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.

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A dating doctor claims that with his services he can match anyone with their soulmate in just three dates. When a jaded tabloid journalist sets out to expose him as a scam artist, the two find themselves falling in love.
PG-13 (for language and some strong sexual references)
Comedy , Romance
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Will Smith
as Alex "Hitch" Hitchens
Eva Mendes
as Sara
Kevin James
as Albert
Amber Valletta
as Allegra Cole
Robinne Lee
as Cressida
Philip Bosco
as Mr. O'Brian
Nayokah Afflack
as Stephanie
Jack Hartnett
as Tom Reda
Jenna Stern
as Louise
Mimi Weddell
as Grandma Wellington
Austin Lysy
as Magnus
Ryan Cross
as Charles Wellington
Remy Selma
as Newsguy
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Critic Reviews for Hitch

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (37)

I didn't expect much from Hitch and, not surprisingly, I didn't get much -- but I was entranced by the film nonetheless, from a historical perspective.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

I did enjoy the buddy dynamic between Smith and James, who puts kind of a cocky spin on the clumsy fat guy cliches. And there were about a half-dozen jokes that had me laughing out loud.

February 14, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Looks like another love TKO.

Full Review… | February 12, 2005
Top Critic

The movie's last two minutes, in which they all do goofy dances and have no dialogue or script to get in their way, is easily the highlight. It's the previous 113 minutes of plot that cause problems.

February 12, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Smith and Mendes are terrific together. He brings her game up so high you'd think she has had as many good parts as Smith.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Smith, of course, is so cool he can afford to pretend to be uncool; but what really works for him here is the interplay with James, whose inner-wild-man dance moves alone are worth the price of admission.

February 11, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hitch

Hitch just doesn't work. Plain and simple. The cast tries hard (for the most part), but this film just simply isn't funny. Featuring a bloated run time of nearly 2 hours, I laughed only once or twice. Yes, Hitch is that despicable kind of movie; a comedy that's not funny. And worse still, it's also absurdly predictable. Formula, formula, formula, and not a single unique character, gag, or plot point. If it wasn't for the big name cast, I might've assumed this was a made-for-TV film. The paper-thin plot (that is stretched to the breaking point) is about a dating adviser named Alex Hitchens (though he goes by Hitch). While Hitch has matched many people up with their perfect partner, Hitch himself has not had a long-running relationship. So Hitch finally hooks up with a girl, though unfortunate events may destroy his relationship, and his reputation. You want cheesy pick-up lines? You got it. You want slapstick? You got it. You want kicks to the groin? Heck, we've got that too. But you want laughs? Good luck buddy, nothing here but groans. And the story is so predictable, I almost felt like I had seen this film before. This film is also ridiculously cheesy, as it tries to make the ending as perfect and happy as possible. I haven't even mentioned the product placement, pacing issues, and some of the most clumsy dialogue I've ever heard in a romance film. I know this is a chick flick, but come on! Even the most easily moved individuals won't be able to resist a few eye rolls. The cast, however, seems very committed. Will Smith gives it his all as Hitch, while Kevin James is very energetic as Albert Brennaman. The actors are so into their roles, we almost want to believe what they're saying is actually funny. But no amount of acting could ever fool the audience into believing this script is any good. Also, Eva Mendes is entirely bland as Hitch's love interest Sara Melas (though the character itself is fairly bland too). Surprisingly, the score by George Fenton is pretty decent. Yes, it feels very dated. And the more sentimental bits are clichéd and forgettable. But there is some really fun music and piano pieces throughout, so the score was a pleasant surprise. As I watched Hitch, I just shook my head in amazement. Insulting doesn't even begin to describe the kind of immature "humor" is on display here. These are the kind of gags I might expect in a TV show on the Disney Channel. Why must Hollywood throw us all of this garbage and expect us to eat it and like it? I like to see some actual effort and creativity in the films I watch! Staring at the screen in utter disgust, I began wondering how anyone could possibly find this film funny. 2 Stars 10-11-09 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Will is a love doctor, he gives men confidence to meet and date the woman of their dreams. However, when it comes to his own love life, he gets it all wrong. Will is great. Lots of funny moments e.g. the seafood allergy and the dancing scenes. Good music.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

It is sad to see a talented actor like Will Smith wasted in such an idiotic romantic comedy. A movie that is silly and implausible, full of clichés, ridiculous situations, unfunny gags, painful dialogue and with an extremely corny and embarrassing ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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