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Wimbledon Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2006
All in all, it's rather pleasant, but nothing else.
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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The movie needs the stars' charm and director Richard Loncraine's polish, because the faulty script is just barely good enough to hold us for 100 minutes.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 1, 2004
A pleasant enough entertainment at a time when movies either pleasant or entertaining are in short supply.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2004
[A] reluctant thumbs down.
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
September 18, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2004
The kind of movie that allows the non-cynical movie-goer to sit back and relax in the presence of actors who work well with each other and a script whose familiarity is an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 18, 2004
Slick, satisfying entertainment.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
The best thing about all of this is Bettany.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 17, 2004
A curious hybrid of sports drama and romantic comedy, Wimbledon is a happy case of hitting the sweet spot with a good serve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 17, 2004
This is the part that will finally make the tall, freckled Bettany a star. He's exquisitely high-strung in a way that women will find madly attractive and men madly agreeable.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 17, 2004
Beneath the surface, the film is an empty experience.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2004
There's no hiding a hokey love story that undercuts the picture's compelling tennis scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
Not an ace, just a let, barely getting over the net to give its stars another serve and a chance to move into the next scene. But you won't mind watching them play out the point.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 17, 2004
Though there is the novelty of racket action, all the film really amounts to is same story, different sport.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 17, 2004
An ultra-predictable if essentially painless romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 17, 2004
As a love story, Wimbledon is a washout. As a meditation on sports psychology, it might help improve your game.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2004
The Bjorn Borg of romantic comedies: precise, good-looking, dependable and serviceable, if predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: C+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
A generally painless float down a lazy river.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 17, 2004
A standard post-Four Weddings and a Funeral British romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2004
What I mostly liked was the warmth between the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 17, 2004
For one to drone on about lousy, lumpy tennis is to miss the point of Wimbledon, which is about lousy, lumpy love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 16, 2004
A likable, formulaic sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2004
It's pleasant, diverting and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 16, 2004
It's one of those feel-good movies that a critic doesn't have to feel bad about recommending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2004
A slick comedy that's more fun than it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 16, 2004
[Loncraine] just gives too much of all the wrong things and a potential winner comes a bit unstrung.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 16, 2004
The good news is that Wimbledon is not Kirsten Dunst's movie. This passable romantic comedy belongs to co-star Paul Bettany.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 16, 2004
There's nothing startlingly original in the way this plays out, but the film has a relaxed ease that's appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 16, 2004
Wimbledon may have its faults, but it's the sort of upbeat fantasy that's tough to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 16, 2004
There's no script to speak of, just two appealing actors volleying comic-romantic cliches at each other.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2004
Nothing more than amiable fluff, yet Bettany infuses it with a brazen dash of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2004
Slickly efficient but defiantly cliched.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 16, 2004
Always light, always breezy and anything but coy, Wimbledon is entirely watchable and entirely forgettable the moment it's over.
| Original Score: C
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2004
The sly, sexy ease between Dunst and Bettany makes the predictability bearable, at least for a while.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
The appealing leads have strong chemistry, but it's the wrong kind: an affectionate big-brother / little-sister rapport that leaves a discomfiting taint on their more amorous clinches.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 10, 2004
Bounces back and forth between court and courtship with no more than serviceable results.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2004
Boasts appealing leads and dazzling court play, but the film never rises above its by-the-numbers plot to generate emotional heat.