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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
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
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
Grae Drake
July 1, 2011
This is a sweet movie. It's so sweet, in fact, that it made me realize how cynical I've gotten over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
July 4, 2011
Hanks and Roberts clearly seem up for a work-out, but this dull rom-com holds any potential chemistry at the mercy of poor jokes, a meandering plot and unlikeable supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
July 1, 2011
As much as you might want to like it, the lack of gumption makes it difficult to go all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
July 5, 2011
High camp.
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
Lewis Bazley
Little White Lies
June 30, 2011
Severely lacking in drama, characters and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 29, 2011
So nice and upbeat and eager to please that other movies might beat it up on the playground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 1, 2011
While one can appreciate the film's rousing endorsement of our community college system, it's about as realistic as an episode of the TV sitcom "Community."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 1, 2011
Carries about as much dramatic weight as a baby eating a Jaffa Cake.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
July 1, 2011
...Hanks' and Vardalos' treatment of a middle-aged Joe heading back to the classroom is about as believable as Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School - and not half as entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 3, 2011
Misses every target by a country mile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 30, 2011
It's not a terrible film but it's also not amusing, feelgood or moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 5, 2011
"Larry Crowne" is made precisely for people like Larry Crowne.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 30, 2011
"Larry Crowne" has Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but what it doesn't have is a reason for existing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 1, 2011
Larry Crowne doesn't come close to providing the rom-com satisfactions of films attached to the names Hanks and Roberts, or writer Nia Vardalos for that matter.
| Original Score: 2/4
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