The Five-Year Engagement - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Five-Year Engagement Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
You'd be challenged to laugh once during a two-hour-plus slog in which much of the intended hilarity resides in frequent utterances of the F-bomb, venison and Wham! posters.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
Probably should have just focused on the Chris Pratt and Alison Brie characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 2, 2012
I would have preferred to spend five years in the dungeon in Silence of the Lambs...putting the lotion on the skin...before I get the hose again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Patches
April 26, 2012
The waiting is the hardest part.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
April 27, 2012
It's just not quite funny enough to justify its length. Something is just off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 24, 2012
As endearing as Segel and Blunt are, The Five-Year Engagement feels ... five years of your life spent waiting for the inevitable, with not as many laughs along the way ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
May 4, 2012
What happens after that romantic rooftop marriage proposal that would ordinarily end a rom-com? Sadly the answer seems to be drab and not terribly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
April 28, 2012
The Five-Year Engagement is a fun, intelligent 100-minute rom-com trapped in a two hour rough cut.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
April 26, 2012
There's just no economy of words or plotting or pacing here, and that's a shame. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 5, 2012
Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 26, 2012
Plays like a five-episode, R-rated story arc from "How I Met Your Mother." With more profanity and more explicit sex. And considerably less drinking. And no Neil Patrick Harris.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 27, 2012
Instead of being a 90-minute, three-act romantic comedy, this 124-minute plod almost begins to feel like a five-year term at its midpoint low.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
April 28, 2012
Some of the comedic material provokes laughter and some doesn't, but nearly all of it feels wrong. It's as if the jokes have been shoehorned into the movie because it was deemed too dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 26, 2012
Sometime around what I guessed to be the one-hour mark in "The Five-Year Engagement," I checked my watch and honestly thought the battery had given out.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 28, 2012
There might be a passable movie in here somewhere, but you would need to do a lot of editing to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 27, 2012
There are some good laughs in this protracted engagement story, but the pacing is all wrong and despite the charms of Emily Blunt, the film just runs out of gas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 27, 2012
In a nod to Segel's chef Tom, the film engages in the pasta theory of filmmaking: Throw enough starch against the wall, and something's bound to stick. Some appetizing bits, yes, but not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
April 25, 2012
A bumpy entertainment about a bumpy road to the altar, this overly long rom-com offers up a couple of laughs, a thought or two and a lot more extraneous stuff.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 21, 2012
Segel and Stoller could - no, should have been bolder: their leading lady deserves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
A little restraint would have gone a long way to making this a far funnier, fleeter affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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