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Hitch Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 24, 2005
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 14, 2005
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 12, 2005
Looks like another love TKO.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 11, 2005
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.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 11, 2005
In my view, Smith would do well to tweak his career a bit. How nice if he'd find a small, serious movie that tests his acting chops. Can the action heroes. Scrap the charm.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 11, 2005
Manages time and again to deliver familiar notes that it then jazzes up.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Here's hoping this first romantic comedy won't be his last. Or the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 11, 2005
Will Smith has always had an easy time grabbing the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 11, 2005
Will Smith proves that if he ever wants to stop fighting screen robots, aliens or drug dealers, he is more than able to fill the rom-com leading-man shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 11, 2005
This is the sort of role Smith carries off effortlessly, a decent, level-headed all-American guy who's more sensitive than his imposing physique might suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2005
It's a good script, packed with knowing zingers about the game of love.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2005
It is smarter than your average rom-com and boasts some genuine pathos towards the end. The movie certainly has enough commendable qualities to earn referrals from dating gurus.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 11, 2005
Even though a little less Hitch might have been a better thing, the Fresh Prince keeps the proceedings from becoming too stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 11, 2005
Faint praise it may be, but those looking for a cute date movie this weekend could do far worse. As could Smith, for that matter.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Director Andy Tennant and screenwriter Kevin Bisch establish a breezy tone and offer up a New York that exists only in the movies, in the best, most escapist sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 11, 2005
A rare studio product that earns the goodwill it smugly demands.
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Sean Daly
Washington Post
February 11, 2005
Forget about the predictable twists: Hitch works best when it's a buddy comedy, with Smith and James having a blast as smooth Yoda and jiggly Jedi.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 11, 2005
From the very opening, when Hitch begins explaining to the camera that love sometimes needs an outside assist to get started, he owns the audience.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 11, 2005
To enjoy this film, it helps to check your brain at the box office.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 11, 2005
The premise is intriguing, and for a time it seems that the Date Doctor may indeed know things about women that most men in the movies are not allowed to know, but the third act goes on autopilot just when the Doctor should be in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 11, 2005
Every so often you simply want a movie set in movie-land, featuring attractive people saying things that, if not witty, at least don't need a laugh track to prop them up, and you want it to play fair within the context of its tiny universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 10, 2005
Director Andy Tennant is actor-friendly throughout, giving his performers (including a sweet turn by Julie Ann Emery as Mendes' best friend) a chance to breathe in their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 10, 2005
The film moves in fits and starts, and is way too long, but it may prove memorable, if only for the sweet, marvelously inventive performance of Kevin James.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2005
Smith is a gifted comic actor, and seeing him in a lighthearted comedy, his first romantic lead, is a pure pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 10, 2005
How reassuring to realize that happy surprises are still possible. Hitch is one of the happiest.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 10, 2005
Not so much movie as antidote -- to the cynicism that's rampant in most Hollywood romantic comedies.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2005
An average romantic comedy, starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes, that is as soft and sweet as a marshmallow, and about as interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 10, 2005
You know what's being fed to you and yet you slurp it down just the same.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 10, 2005
Smith and sexy Mendes spar nicely, but they don't spark. In movies, that's the kiss of death.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 10, 2005
The sour subplot, in which Sara's dark side mistakes Hitch for a cad, staggers to a gummy resolution, throwing a wet-blanket reminder that romantic comedy -- indeed, romance itself -- isn't what it used to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2005
For women, it purveys the dream that men really, really care about what they think. For men, it holds out the fantasy that babes are attracted to geeky men who really, really care about what they think. What's not to like?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2005
It's an equal-opportunity fizzle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 10, 2005
A little like being on a blind date. Bits of it are charming, much of it is awkward and several sequences plod along with the self-consciousness of a first-date stop-and-start conversation.
| Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 9, 2005
It makes nerds and studs alike so noble that it turns the chase into a neutered game.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 7, 2005
Everything about Hitch seems off.