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Larry Crowne Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 22, 2016
Tom Hanks's company Playtone appears to be dedicated to making movies where a Beach-Boys-y soundtrack and 1950s Boy Scout values still inform everything. Not necessarily a bad thing -- just cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
But with such timely material and a stellar cast, it comes off mostly as a missed opportunity.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Bereft of conflict, the film coasts along in second gear on breezy charm, gentle humanism and star wattage.
Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
Hanks' dorky routine - right on through to the ridiculous ELO-soundtracked end credits as he and Roberts drives around on a scooter in front of a green screen - is thankfully not as draining as one may assume.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A likeable and light-hearted comedy that doesn't attempt to be anything more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013
Larry Crowne is nothing we haven't seen before and at times feels over-done and cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 1, 2013
Extremely modest, featherweight. But watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
December 5, 2011
Could have been a solid, straightforward rom com coasting on likable leads; half-hearted additions trying to link the movie to economic crisis just detract.
| Original Score: 3/10
Sean Axmaker
November 16, 2011
... lacks any sense of gravity. Hanks has too much moxie to let little things like unemployment and an underwater mortgage get him down...
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 20, 2011
Only hints at the comedy and poignancy that its two powerhouse leads could deliver if given better material.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 8, 2011
Even Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can't sell this lightweight rom-com fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederica Mathewes-Green
Christianity Today
September 2, 2011
Tasty around the edges but disappointing in the center, Larry Crowne will meet the summer rom-com needs of many, but will not serve as a memorable addition to Hanks' legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Bub
August 7, 2011
Low-key charmer saved by star power
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 25, 2011
It felt like I was being smothered with "feel good" moments. Everything about the story and its characters is too far detached from reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
July 19, 2011
full of a counter-intuitive sunny optimism that is at odds with the tale itself
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
July 18, 2011
Larry Crowne, Hanks' second effort behind the camera, makes It's a Wonderful Life look like Enter the Void. It's a cute movie that never meant to hurt no one, and that's the best thing I can say about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
July 18, 2011
I can't begin to tell you how bland this movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 18, 2011
To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 15, 2011
There are some endearing scenes and some fun moments, but the screenplay doesn't feel developed; we are never really engaged
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