It's a Gen-Y Annie Hall made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for humanity instead of postmodern superiority.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Despite clever moments and Hornbyesque touches of melancholy, it's let down by sitcom cliches, and by being weirdly incurious about the inner life of its female lead.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Finally, a romance that understands we mark our lives by our scrapes with love, and our defeats, rather than simply white-wedding-cake success.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie charmed me enough to send me out smiling, and I can see younger filmgoers taking it very much to heart.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
For all its ambitiousness, (500) Days of Summer feels synthetic and derivative, a movie that's popping with perceptions while searching for a style.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
This sweetly engaging trifle goes down as easy as cold lemonade on a hot afternoon.
Cary Darling - Dallas Morning News
This movie has flighty warmth. It makes delirious use of one of Hall & Oates' boppiest tunes. It has a bluebird of happiness, for crying out loud.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
There's no real drama when the inner life of the female lead is so shrouded, even if that's the point.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That's the reason 500 Days of Summer is so appealing.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film gets by on a few funny lines...some playful split-screen imagery from first-time feature film director Marc Webb...and the real star of the picture, second-billed: Zooey Deschanel.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[A] visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
An engagingly breezy tale about a guy with a broken heart and the girl who broke it.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film's postmodern path takes us through touching, tender, hilarious territory before winding up at the most beguiling part of any love story. The beginning.
Dean Essner - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This is movie magic most unexpected.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Thanks to two wonderful, offbeat performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this movie has charm to spare. It looks you right in the eye and tells the truth.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Alissa Simon - Variety
Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It isn't Hugh and Andie or Meg and whomever, but (500) Days offers hope that Hollywood can pass that romance baton to somebody other than the crude crew of the Kappa Alpha Apatow frat house.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Falling in love or falling out? This film offers a helpful tonic for either condition.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The movie suffers at times from a surfeit of adorableness in its two leads, as well as clumsy voiceover narration and a general sense that the subsidiary characters have about as much edge as plush toys.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Everything that's wrong, on the surface, with (500) Days of Summer pales in light of everything that's going on beneath its surface.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
If only some sharp-eyed script editor had run 500 Days through the de-sappifying machine, it could have been the first great romantic comedy of 2009.
Dana Stevens - Slate
[Director] Webb treats his characters and his audience with respect. The result is something worth savoring regardless of the season in which it is seen.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The writing is often clever and the overall production playful and intelligent.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's a tale you've heard a million times before. But it's told in such a relatable, inventive way in 500 Days of Summer, it almost feels like the first time.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
I guess maybe I'm not Tom but Summer. I like your looks, and heaven knows I appreciate the energy you put into wooing me, but I don't want us to be a couple.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The ending is tidy and way too cute, but (500) Days is otherwise a different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
(500) Days of Summer is something seldom seen: an original romantic comedy.
Michael Ordona - Los Angeles Times
Inventive, original and hugely relatable, (500) Days Of Summer is the perfect screen deconstruction of a relationship, for once, from the man's point of view.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Tom and Summer may not be the most emotionally stable people on the planet, and if they were my friends, I'd have little sympathy for them.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Hank Sartin - Time Out
As Summer, Zooey Deschanel is an enchanting, blue-eyed mixture of nearness and distance. You can see why Tom loves her, even as she stomps on his heart.
Neil Pond - American Profile
You've seen this movie before (just usually with a fakey big-kiss ending; extra points here for the blunt honesty about breakups) but this one is just right for Right Now.
Dave White - Movies.com
(500) Days of Summer is as close to perfect as a movie gets. A highly subjective claim? Sure, but so are all movie reviews, and this is hardly the time to get into that argument.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Zany visuals and spirited performances makes 500 Days of Summer an entertaining chronicle of the making and breaking of a modern secular relationship.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
An endearing, well-acted film that takes a conventional premise and turns it into something wonderfully unconventional.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Sweet and cute, but capable of so much more.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Hopefully writers Neustadter and Weber have already got another project in the works.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
This is the movie The Breakup was advertised to be.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Gimmicky love story that's not saved by its bittersweet ending. Acting is more than just cooing with your eyes. It seemed like 500 days allright. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
The film's bruised yet clear-eyed romanticism is refreshing to find in a genre that often settles for something less than truthful or passionate.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
... it does a nice job of charting the rise and fall of a relationship with heart, soul and a recognition that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
We have been trained by Hollywood to react a certain way to a certain kind of movie and 500 Days of Summer seeks to un-train us through shock therapy.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Abound conventions and the occasional nugget of overwrought wit threaten, but fail, to cripple the leads' revelatory sincerity.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Una irresistible comedia romantica que desafia algunas convenciones del genero, gracias a un tratamiento fresco y original, una deliciosa banda sonora y dos protagonistas perfectos.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The two leads are as quirky and likable as the movie itself.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A kind of Woody Allen comedy but without the jokes. Lots of cultural signifiers to make ivy league couples on a date feel at home, but totally lacking in substance.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A near perfect genre defying representation of relationships, infatuation, and getting over the first real love of your life...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The film revels in the hip witticisms that swim mostly inside a writer's head but never come forth in the real world with the timing and execution seen here.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
At last, here's a movie that takes the wimpy, tortured, hopelessly-in-love boys from the other movies and tells them to grow up.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
This is a story that most people can probably relate to, unless you are one of those lucky people never to have been on the losing end of the game of love.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Le tout est execute avec un tel enthousiasme que nous ne pouvons que nous laisser emporter par cette vague on ne peut plus rafraichissante, et surtout profondement desarmante.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
a nicely played but all-too-preciously eccentric romance
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
500 Days of Summer never quite convinces, despite the charm of the leads. This is wannabe indie, and these two Hollywood names are too 'big' to play beautiful nobodies navigating a heart-wrenching misunderstanding.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
(500) Days of Summer is a classic independent film, taking a bunch of risks and trying to break as many rules as possible, yet it is in many ways a traditional ode to love, and it will leave you yearning for the opportunity to be dumped yourself.
Giles Hardie - Unknown2
Despite the tricky punctuation, (500) Days of Summer might be the most truthful rom-com about the sort of people you're likely to know; not inhabitants of some movie version of Fairyland.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
A true re-invention of the romantic comedy genre for a male skewed audience, complete with realistic lead characters and hilarious insight.
Colin Fraser - FILMINK (Australia)
Heartbreak is rarely enjoyable, but in this case, it's very easy company -- as are Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
Rod Yates - Empire Magazine Australasia
Tom is a prime example of what happens when you grow up listening to too much sad British pop music: unrealistic expectations for romantic love and a taste for skinny ties and sweater vests. Now he's fallen, and fallen hard, for Summer. How could he not?
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Charming yet brutally honest..offers a certain mainstream appeal for anyone who's experienced love's thorny and persuasive illusions.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Charm effuses from this quirky love story in which fate, coincidence, dreams, expectations and reality are chaotically intertwined.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Too timid to be truly cynical about love and too eager for box-office success to try to be a really new kind of romantic comedy, the film fails the ultimate romantic-comedy test: not only does it lack enough laughs, but you're never emotionally involved.
Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times (UK)
Highly recommended either to enjoy as a couple or wallow in alone.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Director Marc Webb's debut feature is as far from a Sandra Bullock or Hugh Grant vehicle as you can imagine. What better reason to go see it? From start to end his subtle movie feather-teases your funny spots: it amazes, refreshes and it delights.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
A sharp spin on the usual rom-com formulae, this is funny, sensitive and challenges the genre's gender conventions.
Chris Roberts - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Sparklingly funny, beautifully heartfelt, wonderfully uplifting and brilliantly performed. In short, it's the best romantic film since . . . well, what exactly?
Robbie Collin - News of the World
An endorphin rush of a movie, which even in its saddest moments is uplifting funny.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
By a wide margin the outstanding romantic comedy of 2009.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Perfectly played, simultaneously serious and light, endlessly inventive, this is a strong contender for the most original date movie of the year. (Terrific) stuff.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Comparisons with Woody Allen are misplaced - the lines don't punch the way Woody's used to - but the cinematography does a good job of making unfashionable corners of Los Angeles look like Allen's Manhattan.
Dean Essner - This is London
(500) Days of Summer is a great film - a step in genre and gender development that will be referenced for years to come. And aside from all that, it's really good fun.
Lorien Haynes - Little White Lies
It is hardly the freshest romantic comedy of the past 20 years. Taking the best bits from other movies and rearranging them in a non-linear sequence does not make for an original film.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
I've read somewhere that (500) Days of Summer is being called the Annie Hall de nos jours; that's a slur on a great movie, not to say on nos jours.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A clever, refreshing, non-formulaic antidote to your average, bog-standard Hollywood romcom.
Boyd Hilton - Heat Magazine
(500) Days of Summer is an above average rom-com that dares to venture towards an appalling conclusion.
Peter Aspden - Financial Times
An ideal version of this film would be painful and playful, and a good deal less cluttered. But the one we get certainly has delightful moments. After any exposure to this year's unfailingly smelly mainstream romcoms, it's a breeze.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
A new take on romantic comedy that doesn't quite live up to its ambitions.
Hannah Forbes Black - Film4
If it just misses being this generation's 'Annie Hall', it's still deliciously refreshing, sweet and fizzy. A sherbet dip of a movie.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Unabashedly indie heartstring-yanker 500 Days of Summer- while mercifully rejecting the rom-com template - is less than the sum of its well-played parts.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A playful, witty, disordered telling of a fractured romance. Bringing fresh zing to a genre prone to predictability, Webb crafts a (not-in-) love story about feeling bad that's infectiously good.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
In a cinema season overflowing with ho-hum rom-coms , it's a delight to come across one that moves off the well-beaten track and entertains at the same time.
Garry McConnachie - Sunday Mail [UK]
A modern romance for grown-ups... a sweet-natured, funny, deeply-romantic tale that brims with energy and is blessed with top-notch performances.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
An energetic, enjoyable affair with plenty to say about unrequited love.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
There is more cinematic joy in five minutes of (500) Days of Summer than there is in a packed weekend of mainstream romance movies.
Keith Stuart - Filmstar Magazine
It comes replete with all the try-hard affectations of the whimsical American indie film - a third-person narrator, quirky animated title cards, an obligatory shout out to Belle & Sebastian - but manages to transcend its influences enough to appear fresh.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A charming, funny and wonderfully inventive romcom that's easily one of the best films of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The Fox Searchlight house style perfected and taken to the brink of self-parody.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
I loved (500) Days of Summer for many reasons, but for this one the most: I felt more during this movie than I have in any other romantic comedy in years.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's all about the architecture of love.
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
exceeds its whimsical indie-film touches because it is rooted in the kinds of recognizable truths that give weight to what would otherwise be simply amusing
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The couple's fluctuations between amorous rapture and wounding are matched by the film's own seesaw of poignancy and irritation
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
(500) Days of Summer [is] to the best sleeper of the season.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Oh, (500) Days of Summer, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways -- out of order, and from a list of, well, 500 (you'll know why when you see it)...
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Awkward offbeat summer to autumn romance.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Deschanel never won me over but Gordon-Levitt's star continues to rise
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Told in brilliantly written non-linear clumps, it is more of a falling-out-of-love story than a traditional tale of boy-meets-girl, they struggle but live happily ever after.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
If you are tired of the standard romances that have infested multiplexes as of late, I urge you to seek out (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, which kind of feels like the MEMENTO of romances.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
The director has his own flirtation issues, as he teases audiences with his unconventional hide-and-seek uncommitted lovebird chronicle, while Zooey's got to do charming when dumping her gloomy boy toy prey over a plate of pancakes.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
This is about 500 times smarter than the average romance.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
An introspective, bittersweet romp reminiscent of the best of Woody Allen.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
As with a lot of truly satisfying art, (500) Days asks many more questions than it answers, and does so in such a charmingly sloppy fashion that one's consciousness is left buzzing rather than sedated.
Gregory Weinkauf - Huffington Post
Marc Webb directs this film brilliantly and makes us fall in love with everything from all 500 days.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
A genuine look at love and lose.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Not only is it charming and funny, but it takes a strikingly original approach that leaves a big, stupid grin on your face
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The independent film 500 Days of Summer is as refreshing as hot air. It's as formulaic and calculating as the Hallmark greeting cards to which it feigns superiority.
Tony Macklin - Bright Lights Film Journal
Together, [Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel] pull off the tough trick of making us root for their relationship to succeed and understand if it fails
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Smartly written and refreshingly affecting on its own terms. At the very least, it will make you smile.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
The lead male character is shy and even gentlemanly, which is not just a novelty but a relief in this Age of Apatow.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
There she goes, a chestnut mare who can't be lassoed, an elusive butterfly traveling to the beat of a different drum.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It's more like an honest-to-goodness relationship, with ecstatic high points, soul-crushing low points, general uncertainty and emotional torment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
One of those rare highly touted movies that's sometimes even better than the touting would have you believe.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
[It] does what other romantic comedies can never seem to do convincingly: It celebrates those special little moments that two people can share together, whether [they] end up creating a substantial and long-lasting relationship or not.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
... actually dares to invite comparison with Annie Hall ... [and] manages, against all odds, to stand up under it.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The kind of movie where telling people to see it isn't enough. You physically want to drive them to the theater so they'll be there in time for the next showing.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
It's a movie that makes me wish I were still a film critic so I could beg tens of thousands of readers to see it rather just the few who will read this post.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Sometimes love is a battlefield; but in (500) Days of Summer it's a pillow fight in which the Posturepedic puffballs have more personality than the protagonists.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
The film contorts its characters to prove that true love with Mr. or Ms. Right awaits every man or woman patient enough to stumble into it.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
A warm-and-cozy romantic stroll built upon the Everyman appeal of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the refreshingly original storytelling approach of director Marc Webb.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
This broken affair is more entertaining than most successful ones.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The beauty of this utterly winning picture is that it doesn't live in a generational vacuum: Like the best films of its kind, its tale of young love (and all the accompanying trials and tribulations) will speak to all ages.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A simple, refreshingly honest comedy.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The film belongs to its two stars.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Smart, witty and quirky but never in a pretentious or self-satisfied way, (500) Days of Summer is simply a well-crafted romantic comedy.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
The film itself is a harmless tale and the performances all around are mostly winning, with the exception of Deschanel, whose expression never changes throughout all the twists and turns of the romance.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
This movie had me at hello with its unique and captivating fragmented style of presentation.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
They really try to entertain with split cameras, a great narrator's voice, songs and a classic rainy night moment. This is a great film about how you remember a relationship.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Forget about Summer--this film is all about Tom. Gordon-Levitt delivers, a one-time child actor grown into a sensitive young man with a natural funny bone, taking us with him on his emotional roller coaster ride.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Probably the most honest thing in the film is the breakup scenes feel like REAL breakups, much more than they resemble the contrived obstacles to love in most romantic comedies.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
The film seems constructed to short-circuit your attempts to invest anything in it.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The movie keeps leaning toward some awful truths, only to sheepishly retreat into the safe comedy of fakey shopworn devices.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Captures with such immediacy the elation and anxiety of new love, the tingle and the terror, the profound sense that you have never been more alive and the occasional wish that you could die on the spot.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Watching (500) Days of Summer feels like being forced to sit still while someone you can't stand tries very hard to charm you.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
(500) Days of Summer is clever, thoughtful and well-acted, and it manages to refresh a genre grown stale through repetition.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Almost everything first-time director Marc Webb explores rings true here. The comedy never seems forced, and the romance always feels real.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The film does a lovely job of balancing emotional clarity, formal trickery, pop sweetness, and heartfelt narrative.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A whimsical, bittersweet tale of love-gone-awry
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It is so absolutely adorable that, as the ending credits were rolling, I had the overwhelming urge to wrap my arms around the movie and never let it go. ... The best film of the year.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
I feel for Tom, I commiserate with him for his tragedy but, for me, 300 days of Summer would have been more than sufficient.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The playful Generation Y story (500) Days of Summer goes against the grain by wisely substituting delusion for deception. Boy meets girl. Boy thinks he understands girl. Boy oh boy.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The rest of 500 Days sets up as a bit of a mystery, and we look for clues, even as their romance is fresh, for the hairline fractures that might eventually result in a compete break.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The swooningly romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer is a movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(500) Days of Summer" is the first great cinematic romance of the Facebook generation.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Not just the best film of the season, it's one of the best of the year.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
...one of the most entertaining and flat-out original romantic comedies to come around in quite some time...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel light up the screen in Marc Webb's directorial debut (500) Days of Summer. That might sound corny, but they do.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Every moment of this sub-Annie Hall routine confounds not only audience expectation of a balanced feminine perspective but the very notion of romance itself.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
A refreshingly sweet, charming and heartfelt romantic comedy with just the right combination of wit, humor and tenderness.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
What the film does right, I adore. And, like a love-struck romantic wearing rose-colored glasses, I think I'll continue to overlook the flaws of the movie when it comes into my life in the future.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Smell that sweet, sweet Summer air. This is a simply heartfelt, totally engaging and refreshingly realistic romantic comedy.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Even with its minor imperfections, Summer warmly and brightly defies romantic comedy conventions most of the time and deserves to become a surprise hit while finally turning Gordon-Levitt into a star.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
(500) Days of Summer knocks several romantic movie cliches on their ear, but never loses sight of heart or hope, and it never fails to make the ups and downs between Tom and Summer matter.
James Rocchi - Redbox
A buoyant, whimsical charmer that glides by on wry laughs and movie-star magnetism.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Its strengths negate the preciousness.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
(500) Days of Summer is that rare movie about boy meets girl that defeats the oldest nemesis of the rom-com genre: predictability
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
At this moment, 500 Days of Summer is my favorite film of the year and is love at first sight.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
An irresistible feel-good movie about love gone bad. And that really isn't bad at all.
David Wiegand - San Francisco Chronicle
The banter can be a bit self-conscious, but it's hard not to find most of it charming.
Peter Paras - E! Online
It is, no, not revolutionary, but miraculous and playful... the smartest film I've seen about romance in literally years.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
(500) Days of Summer may not be a particularly happy love story, but it's a love story all the same.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
What saves 500 Days from terminal shallowness are Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, who are not the usual picture-perfect androids peopling these young-love idylls.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Smart, fresh romcom takes realistic look at relationships.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Cool as a melty Creamsicle on a hot summer day and a sweet surprise in the middle of blockbuster season. Gordon-Levitt's performance is as starmaking as John Cusack's in the romcom opus, Say Anything.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
An experiment you have to admire for the risks it takes even while being disappointed that it doesn't quite come off.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A chick flick for guys, a workplace comedy in the Billy Wilder/Cameron Crowe mold, a new spin on a familiar genre, "500 Days" was one of the best films I saw at Sundance.
Dan Fienberg - Film Threat
Even if (500) Days of Summer isn't truly great, it is great fun, from its fresh view of Los Angeles to its use of music to its charming leads.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A fresh July breeze among recent (and mostly stale) romantic-comedy offerings.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It goes down smoothly, thanks in large part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grounded lead performance and Marc Webb's slick direction, but it seems like every other scene coughs up a dispiriting cliche.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Funny, poignant and uncommonly perceptive, growing all the more so the longer one thinks about it.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
You are wrong sardonic, omniscient narrator. This is a love story. I am in love with this film.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
By the time we see those first, early moments of heady connection, we realize how the sweetness of those initial feelings will become almost unbearably poignant.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The film bounces between the relationship's winning uplslope and its mopey descent, and the intercutting eventually kills the momentum, even though the film's rousing final minute reclaims some of the early spunk.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
...ends on a meets cutesy note, but what comes before is a giddily original take on the sentiment that 'love is blind.'
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Perfect casting and all-around craftsmanship make this delightful, music-fueled contemporary rumination on a big-city romance a big summer surprise.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
While perhaps a tad too quirky for its own good, this is still one of the best, most insightful romantic comedies in a very long time.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
...an excellent date film aimed at those beyond the usual tweenie audience.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Grazes on the fields of Gen-Y trends and '80's nostalgia to fatten itself to such a degree, it would be impossible to notice the material is only a few menopausal jokes away from your average Nora Ephron film.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Highlighted by sparkling performances by Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt, everything about this movie is terrific.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
This is a film that so respects love -- if it exists -- that it won't settle for imitations.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Marc Webb's first feature-length film is an odd romantic comedy, but it's a romantic comedy nonetheless -- and a non-excruciating one at that.
Shaula Clark - Boston Phoenix
Probably the closest this generation has come to having their own Annie Hall.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It's as close to perfect a romantic comedy as I've ever seen.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Scratch any cynic and you'll find a romantic; scratch this movie's surface and you'll discover a typically tepid ode to pitter-pattering hearts dressed up in thrift-store chic and faux-edginess.
David Fear - Time Out New York
It is so annoyingly cute about the smartness of middle-class young white people in love that one quickly realizes it is only about that -- not love nor passion as everyone experiences it.
Armond White - New York Press
A fresh and appealing romantic drama brimming with heart, creativity, and panache.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
[Joseph] Gordon-Levitt's performance is reason enough to recommend this movie ... sure to become a cornerstone of a wildly promising career
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Scenes slide in and out, musical montages lift your heart, and the frequent witty jokes and well-timed edits earn some of the most genuine laughs of the summer.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
It's the kind of romantic tragedy that's distinct and empathetic enough to be embraced by audiences who were born during Reagan's second term. Or Clinton's first.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Bittersweet, a movie whose many laughs are balanced by the moments of heartbreak...I'd call it a date movie -- except it's likely to cause more arguments than agreements.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
I can't speak highly enough about this really inventive romantic comedy.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
Just sincere enough not to seem target-marketed, (500) Days of Summer is a charmer of both semi-classic and partially derivative proportions.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Slant Magazine
Conventional? Not at all.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great as a hopeless romantic, and Zooey Deshanel embodies a cold-fish charmer whose mod girl styling is but a clever disguise for a person looking for a better deal.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Offbeat and original, Marc Webb's feature debut is a charming serio comedy that views love and romance from a strictly male POV, reversing both Hollywood and societal norms.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Flawed though it is, 500 Days Of Summer is still a fair cut above the average piece of Hollywood fare both in terms of its laugh quotient and offbeat romance.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
It offers us the kind of friendship that comes with a brilliant soundtrack, a story with a solid mixture of fantasy and truth, and the bolstering sort of hopefulness that we might, by accident, fall into a version of its world someday.
Millie Stein - Time Out Sydney
Has a refreshing honesty about the messiness of break-ups.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Rethinking rom-com conventions, 500 Days of Summer is an immensely pleasurable love story about two young people with a deep connection but an uncertain future.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Fast, funny and absolutely delightful.
Pam Grady - FilmStew.com
Given its focus on the zeitgeist topic of romantic uncertainty and the true wit of its construction...don't be surprised if this Summer provides at least a somewhat hot season at the box office.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
500 Days of Summer keeps its audience guessing, hoping, and perhaps most importantly feeling.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com