Aug 31, 2018
Tom Hanks directs himself in this, and also wrote the original script, so if you ever thought you can't have too much Hanks here is something else to blow your mind: you so, so can.
Feb 18, 2012
Oct 7, 2011
An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resums.
Jul 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.
Jul 8, 2011's an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen personas of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts by Hanks himself, who directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Nia Vardalos. You may recall that he produced her breakthrough film...
Jul 8, 2011
The problem is the movie only waltzes in the real world while it tangos and rumbas in the realm of the fantastic and superficial.
Jul 7, 2011
Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.
Jul 6, 2011
Even if you wander into this congealed mess with nothing more demanding in mind than to spend a little time with two charming favorites, do not expect Forrest Gump or Pretty Woman.
Jul 5, 2011
Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.
Jul 5, 2011
When it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's The Company Men or this year's Everything Must Go over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.
Jul 4, 2011
What a pleasant, easy-going experience that was.
Jul 4, 2011
The film is sometimes gentle to the point of blandness, but it's never flimsy.
Jul 3, 2011
The film pretends Tom and Julia are just two regular, down-to-earth, middle-aged people - even though their faces couldn't be any tighter if they pulled washing-up gloves over their heads.
Jul 2, 2011
It's about as close to real comedy as a cup of milky tea is to a real meal.
Jul 1, 2011
Neither the relationship of the two leads, nor any encounter between any of the film's other humans, seems to proceed according to the emotional or sociological customs of our culture.
Jul 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.
Jul 1, 2011
This is film as comfort food, and even if it has very little nutritional value, its pleasantly bland texture will help keep you occupied until your next job interview or layoff notice.
Jul 1, 2011
Next semester, the stars should drop Speech 217 and enroll in Chemistry 101 -- they dearly need some.
Jul 1, 2011
If you like, you can think of Larry Crowne as the anti-Transformers. It's the opposite of an Event Movie for the summer season; instead, it's an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen personas of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts by...
Jul 1, 2011
It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.