The Rewrite Reviews

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July 11, 2016
The Rewrite tries so hard to be a knowing fish-out-of-water romcom, when it contains neither romance nor comedy. Any sentimentality or sweetness is completely wrung out within the first half an hour.
February 20, 2015
Hugh Grant ultimately makes the film an endurable experience, but he can't stop it from being a forgettable one.
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February 18, 2015
Another Hugh Grant comedy that follows the dots without much wit ...
February 13, 2015
... has some scattered laughs amid the formulaic cuteness, yet ultimately it's too slight and obvious.
February 13, 2015
The Rewrite wants to be a film about the messiness of life but it only has Hollywood clichés to work with.
February 12, 2015
An inoffensive but bland and unimaginative romcom.
February 12, 2015
Mr. Grant, now 54, is facing the expiration date of his twinkly boyish act. And in "The Rewrite," as he plays a spoiled screenwriter and one-hit Hollywood wonder on the skids, you can feel the strain as he goes through the routine one more time.
February 12, 2015
At this point, the batteries are so low on Grant's career interest meter, it would be a challenge to figure out when he's authentically enlivened by his chosen profession.
February 12, 2015
The story of an uninteresting jerk who becomes a little bit less of a jerk but stays just as uninteresting.
February 12, 2015
The title of this Hugh Grant romantic dramedy feels like a challenge, so we'll bite: The performances are strong, but a rewrite - or two - was definitely in order.
February 12, 2015
It's too easy to slam a movie about screenwriting for its lazy, cliched script, one that largely falls back on the charms of its overqualified cast to carry it through.
February 12, 2015
Once in a while, Grant tosses off a funny line; more often, he's too busy mouthing Lawrence's patronizations.
February 11, 2015
The Rewrite talks a good game about second chances, but for Grant, it's merely more of the same old.
February 11, 2015
Keith is one of Grant's worst roles to date, and even his sparkling personality wears thin by the film's halfway mark.
February 10, 2015
Grant is as engagingly disengaged as ever, but this is, at best, only thinly entertaining.
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November 13, 2014
Keith is presented upfront as such an obnoxiously self-oriented, morally wayward figure that Grant's fidgety charms have to work overtime to sustain audience engagement with its big-fish-out-of-water narrative.
October 14, 2014
Those who hoped that playing a ferocious cannibal in 'Cloud Atlas' might have got Hugh Grant's thespian juices flowing again are in for a disappointment.
October 11, 2014
Grant knows how to deliver a line and isn't afraid to play a sleazeball (albeit a redeemable one) but you keep wishing Richard Curtis was on hand to put better - and crucially funnier - words in his mouth.
October 10, 2014
The Keith and Holly relationship has an Educating Rita potential that is never fully explored or realised.
October 10, 2014
Despite an engaging and watchable lead turn from Grant, The Rewrite is as boilerplate as inspirational teacher movies come.
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