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Something Borrowed Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 9, 2011
The movie is merely a joke-stoked soap opera; its bare-bones plot leaves the characters unrealized and the situations undefined.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 8, 2011
The film seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she's played by Kate Hudson. It's hard to imagine a worse miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 6, 2011
"Inept and implausible in almost every way, Something Borrowed is the smug rom-com answer to the Apatowian man-child comedy."
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 6, 2011
The movie strains far too hard to make what Rachel and Dex have done all right, as if their guilty anguish - and the movie's saccharine score - frees us to root for them.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
May 6, 2011
In Something Borrowed, Kate Hudson looks exhausted, as if she is as tired of wading through another one of her feckless duds as we are of watching them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 6, 2011
"Something Borrowed" is something ... ew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 6, 2011
Even if you've got a soft spot for silly rom-coms, know that this one is as empty-headed as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
May 6, 2011
The sisterhood is already grumbling about a movie that suggests women will happily choose a mate over friendship, but actually it's the stereotypes of good behaviour rather than bad that bring this rom com crashing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 6, 2011
The half-star rating goes to John Krasinski for heroically rising above this vile dung heap of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
May 6, 2011
Would be wholly unbearable if it weren't for Krasinski, who is on the scene with his goofy, bulbous nose and perfect comedic timing to partially redeem the almost unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2011
The script and direction are by-the-numbers at best and Goodwin's hairstyles tend to be distractingly awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2011
A predictable romantic comedy with cookie-cutter characters - the nerdy professional with a mean-girl best friend, both vying for a stoic lawyer who secretly wants to be a teacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 6, 2011
The big moral issues, the deception and lies? Blown off, like so much sand on the deck. After all, if you're a rich, young, white American, what's a bit of hanky-panky among friends?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 5, 2011
It's mainly interested in hurtling from one cute set piece to the next, plausibility and/or 'organic' character development be damned.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 5, 2011
A genial cast and moderately funny script prevail over the sort of sappy music cues and white-bread settings that have become the grating norm in Hollywood rom-coms.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2011
Goodwin radiates probity and makes waiting almost look interesting, and so, for all the movie's awkwardness, it remains watchable. But she's waiting for something that's not worth waiting for, not for her and not for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 5, 2011
Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces clichés and dodges all humor.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
Krasinski is, once again, the best thing about a romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 5, 2011
The most dispiriting thing about "Something Borrowed" is that with a little more art, craft and wit it could have been a lot better, maybe even good.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2011
A film that fails to dramatize its intriguing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 5, 2011
At times "Something Borrowed" is almost offensively unrealistic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2011
All of the characters are treated sincerely and played in a straightforward style. It's just that we don't love them enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 5, 2011
"Something Borrowed" is carrion that Kate Hudson circles like a vulture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 5, 2011
A film that feels agonizingly synthetic and alien.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 5, 2011
I can't imagine an audience for this other than backers, relatives or friends of the filmmakers, and even they will find their mettle tested.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2011
How many times must we be subjected to another gorgeous, glamorous starlet impersonating a clumsy wallflower? Will anyone really believe in this GQ-perfect big man on campus who lacks the courage to ask her out on a date?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 5, 2011
A successful romantic comedy should offer breezy wish fulfillment as sweet and airy as cotton candy. Something Borrowed is overlong and at times tedious; the taste is gritty and lingers unpleasantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 5, 2011
Why did this movie leave such a rotten taste in my mouth? Because its story, based on Emily Giffin's popular novel, is a pretty repellent view of women's friendship.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 4, 2011
Many melodramatic revelations come to light in the film's third act, then they're just as quickly resolved. But don't feel daunted: You'll probably have checked out mentally and emotionally long before any of this anyway.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 4, 2011
Krasinski has a great comic touch; his every reaction shot is a relief from the tedium of nobody telling the truth. And it's probably all he can do not to glance at the camera, Office-style, as if to say, ''Can you believe how dumb this stuff is?''
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Sam Adams
Time Out
May 3, 2011
Something Borrowed never quite comes to terms with the fact that its object of desire is, well, a colossal p----.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 3, 2011
Romantic comedy has taken a shellacking lately in a series of stupefying flops, but they didn't have Ginnifer Goodwin.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
It's no coincidence that Something Borrowed features lawyer protagonists; while making a pretense of being a comedy of modern sexual ethics, the movie never asks a hard question without an answer prepared in advance.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2011
Something blue as well as this wedding party has enough unlikable characters to put anyone into a funk.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 2, 2011
This relatively charmless adaptation centers on the relatable-enough panic of watching one's ideal partner tie the knot with the wrong person, but ditches all the elements that link the premise to real life.