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Just Like Heaven Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 28, 2005
See two charming characters make beautiful music together.
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2005
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 24, 2005
Starts out glib and gimmicky but later digs surprisingly deep.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 19, 2005
It's corny, it's somewhat predictable, but it's also very sweet, it's funny.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 16, 2005
Closer to hell, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 16, 2005
Just Like Heaven is really nothing more than your standard love-from-beyond-the-grave squishfest (even though the heroine isn't actually dead) done up in the dumb bonnet-and-bloomers get-up of contemporary romantic comedy.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 16, 2005
Director Mark Waters knows how to turn the gimmicky unknown into psychologically comic adventure, just as he did in 2003's Freaky Friday.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 16, 2005
Just when Just Like Heaven becomes too cloyingly cute to endure, it takes an unexpected turn. The humor shifts from the ha-ha variety to closer to black.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2005
Romance isn't alive but on life support in Just Like Heaven, a groaningly awful romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 16, 2005
Just Like Heaven is a sweet little nothing that is barely there, about a girl who isn't there at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 16, 2005
It's popcorn entertainment with a heavy political-medical agenda.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 16, 2005
This screwball comedy, initially promising, dies a painful death once the politicking begins.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 16, 2005
Fortunately the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon, whose collective appeal eventually fuses to pump some heart, laughs and life into what often resembles a disorganized, schizophrenic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 16, 2005
Just Like Heaven turns into a bait-and-switch of a movie, wrapping weirdly maudlin speculation inside the candy coating of a frothy romance.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 16, 2005
What a disappointment then to report that Just Like Heaven is more like purgatory.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 16, 2005
If heaven is a big ball of cotton candy, then Just Like Heaven lives up to its name. It has no nutritional value, and it won't fill you up, but it's bright, pink and fluffy.
| Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 16, 2005
The movie clunks along much like its leads, never exactly sure where they belong.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 16, 2005
Like all ghost movies, the premise of Just Like Heaven is wraith-thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2005
Just Like Heaven could be the perfect balm for post-Katrina movie audiences in search of a little levity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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September 16, 2005
Just Like Heaven is light, pleasing and well worth seeing.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 16, 2005
The movie wants all you girls to know that should medical misfortune come your way, just hold on. Your soul will find your soul mate, then love will set you free.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2005
A movie that's likely to appeal only to the most susceptible and uncritical romantics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 15, 2005
[Mark Waters] has pretty well delivered just what young PG-13 girls carrying that extra pack of Kleenex will expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 15, 2005
Given its somewhat morbid premise, this metaphysical second-chance comedy is impressively nimble and cheery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2005
The film is as insubstantial as the clouds on the poster.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 15, 2005
Just Like Heaven isn't a groundbreaking movie -- where romantic comedy is concerned, there isn't much ground left to break -- but it contains some nice moments and fresh twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2005
Just Like Heaven is a huge waste of talent (Witherspoon's) and time (ours), a supernatural romantic comedy that is neither romantic, comedic, super or natural.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 15, 2005
Just like you might expect, the cuddly, often funny romantic comedy Just Like Heaven sticks its head permanently in the clouds.
| Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2005
An oddly moralistic salvo for the anti-euthanasia set.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 15, 2005
Can one movie support these many coincidences and close calls and misunderstandings? Yes. The movie works, and so we accept everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 15, 2005
Rarely humorous, rarely romantic, and rarely affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2005
Playing a San Francisco doctor whose devotion to work and family has left her no time for romance, the star hustles like Tinkerbell to keep the mood light.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Brian Lowry
Variety
September 9, 2005
Considerably more mushy than madcap, Just Like Heaven is as uneven as the topography of its San Francisco locales, but the amiable peaks mostly offset the flat stretches and valleys.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2005
Crossing the life-death divide, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are a winning pair in this smart and tender comedy.