Crazy, Stupid, Love is the perfect combination of sexy, cute, wise, hilarious, and true.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is, on balance, remarkably sane and reasonably smart.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Hampered by contrivances and the awkward melding of romantic comedy and family drama, the film falters.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Adult dramas and comedies should at least have a toe in their audience's lives.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Requa and Ficarra encourage grand statements and enormous reactions. They want pyrotechnic feeling, and their shamelessness works. It has no pretensions of depth, just more feeling.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Carell and Gosling, each willing to take his character to the point of caricature in order to find the truth in him, have a nicely barbed chemistry together.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
I laughed all the way through, thanks to both consistently clever dialogue and deft delivery from Carell and Gosling, who clearly relished a chance to flex his comic muscles.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Fills its scenes with bright surprises while making an appealing new case for the old-fashioned notion of soul mates.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Sorry, dudes. It seems we can't do anything right, but we're still funny. Sometimes.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The workmanship and effort are evident in every straining moment, but the end result is so completely phony as to be without value.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
A genial, messy comedy of marital discord and mismatched lovers.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is a sweet romantic comedy about good-hearted people. Imagine that.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" connects its characters in unexpected ways. But line to line, the script lacks wit and sophistication.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The episodic plot encompasses a series of familiar gags about casual sex and finding your soul mate, few of them delivered with much enthusiasm.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
A Midsummer Night's PG-13 sex comedy.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's romantic, touching, a little risque and screwball, yet reassuringly down-to-earth.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This is the sort of film that Oscar generally ignores come awards season. It shouldn't. Crazy Stupid Love is a crazy smart film.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Carell is his dependable wounded-puppy self, always likable, but Gosling and Stone are fantastic.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
None of this is much fun to watch. The pace drags. The acting is without contrast or color.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Old-fashioned as that might sound, there's a fresh, insightful feel to this multigenerational love story.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Pity the crowds expecting another cute comedy like "Date Night" who wind up at "Crazy, Stupid, Love." It'll be like asking for a burger and getting served escargot.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The movie squanders its potential with a sloppy script chock full of false notes. Even the bumptious score intrudes, often bumping into important dialogue.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A multi-threaded and well-organized comedy full of pleasant surprises and appealing characters.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
When a movie opens with a woman telling her husband that she wants a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage and it isn't played for laughs, you know you're not in for a "typical" Hollywood comedy...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
...alternately liberating and mundane.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
[A] pleasant surprise.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It gets better and funnier after a labored and lumbering start, which is entirely the opposite of most Hollywood comedies.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This is not the ultimate romantic comedy - the one that makes you fall as hard for the characters as they do for one another while savoring their every interaction - but it seems fresher and less recycled than much of the product out there.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The movie suffers perhaps from too many characters and subplots but all the actors appear to have fun with their characters.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It never gets crazy or stupid enough to make you truly fall in love with it.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The movie's biggest surprise is the revelation of Gosling as cunning comedian.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
It's a pleasure to come across the sharply funny and touching Crazy Stupid Love. It's a live one with a dream cast that keeps springing playful surprises.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
There's strong, fleetingly powerful stuff in Crazy, Stupid, Love., but like its awkwardly punctuated title, the movie jerks to a halt just when it's beginning to flow.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
This grand romantic gesture about grand romantic gestures conjures up the bittersweet magic of first loves, lasting loves, lost loves and all the loves in between.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
A slickly polished, perhaps too carefully-structured romantic comedy that benefits immeasurably from Gosling's brand of anarchy.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This well-cast comedy easily stands high above many of the romantic comedies we've seen in recent years.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
This is a movie with a bigger heart than a brain. As frustrating as it can be, still, there are worse offenses.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Crazy, Stupid, Love has several humorous spots and is filled with good performances from the entire cast.
Jeff Beck - We Got This Covered
Steve Carell, with Ryan Gosling as his wing man? Go figure.
It'll make you laugh, it'll make you'll frown, it might even make you cry, but mostly it'll just make you want to have sex with Ryan Gosling.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
While "Crazy, Stupid, Love" does have several funny parts, it was rather hard to shake the feeling that the film was too drawn out for the story it was trying to tell.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
I laughed and I cried in this happy, crazy and spectacularly funny film that is one of the most enjoyable of the year.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The deft balance between humor and more earnest matters of the heart makes for the best of both worlds.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The affable atmosphere is perpetuated by the consistently engaging nature of Fogelman's screenplay...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Competent and smart, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' is anything but. Because it features an ensemble of people who can't quite get love straight, it reminds me a little of 'Love, Actually.'
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
If you're hungry for a romantic comedy that's really entertaining and doesn't insult your intelligence, here it is.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The characters and their predicaments rather grow on you. Silly? Yeah, a little. Touching? Yeah, a lot.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Preposterous at times, but smart and heartfelt too.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Steve Carell sets aside his goofball schtick for a more earthy role in this satisfying, mature ensemble romantic dramedy.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
All of the characters - with the exception of Marisa Tomei's horribly maligned love interest - feel entirely honest
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
In terms of writing and direction it has an almost indie-film feel to it, but with that Hollywood gloss to make it palatable to mainstream viewers.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
These characters reflect no people that I've ever met. They're as crazy and stupid as the title suggests.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Crazy, Stupid, Love sees directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra very quickly building a name for themselves, able to again craft an honest film that, up until the very end, flows naturally and with great confidence.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
While far from a landmark effort in the careers of anyone involved, there is more than enough heart and humour in Crazy, Stupid, Love to make it worthwhile.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
This film can only have been written by someone who has been both crazy with passion and has been to a parent-teacher night. Recommended.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
[It's] a breezy and easy-to-swallow ensemble piece about hopeless romantics and sexual predators, and the terrifying/heartwarming similarities they share. Only minimally cloying ... it's buoyed by radiant and charming performances.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
With a strong cast and a willingness not to take the easy way out or the easy laughs, Crazy, Stupid, Love shines a light on the darker side of relationships without losing its heart or becoming a total cynic.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Stone and Gosling are great together; anyone want to put them together in a rom-com spin-off, you've sold one ticket right here.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
Its own brand of sitcomy sickly sweetness isn't all that bad.
Sean Rom - Trespass
A modern, adult story that's both uproariously funny and touchingly real.
Adam Bub - MovieFIX
It's several cuts above the average romantic comedy that we've been getting lately and I've been sort of railing against those, because they're not romantic and they're not funny but this is both romantic and funny.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
The timing of the comedy is great, it's a smart and talented effort that only falters slightly at the end.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
In a world goofily guffawing at the likes of Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, Johnny English Reborn and Bad Teacher, an un-stupid movie such as Crazy, Stupid, Love is conspicuously going against the flow.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Tweaking the Hollywood rom-com formula enough to seem fresh, this is smart, funny and heartfelt entertainment boosted by the charm of its terrific cast.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The burning question in this romantic comedy with a twist is whether you can believe in [Steve Carell] when he's being serious. And does he do enough to make us laugh the rest of the time?
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
The final half-hour undoes everything as the directors get embarrassingly serious and sentimental.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The "love" on offer in this romcom that marks yet another notch of disappointment on Steve Carrell's career is neither crazy nor stupid, just cynical and schmaltzy by turns
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
There's more than enough charm and good humour here to sweep you off your feet.
Stella Papamichael - Radio Times
Crazy, Stupid, Love proves to be far smarter - and sweeter - than its contrived set-up would suggest thanks to a classy cast.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A sophisticated romantic comedy boasting pithy dialogue and exemplary performances from a cast which explores the many winding paths to true love.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
While this boasts a few laughs, it contains absolutely no surprises.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
There may not be much competition, but it's among the best of the year.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A hilarious insight into the world of dating, with a lorra, lorra laughs to be had.
Zara Miller - Little White Lies
Gosling exudes a cool, studied confidence and the scenes of him educating Cal, while displaying his own killer prowess with women, are amongst the most entertaining.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Enjoyable comedy drama with likeable characters, an engaging script and terrific performances from a fine ensemble cast, though it's also a little too long and there are a couple of moments that seem misjudged.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's blessed with one of the most adroit comedy scripts since Richard Curtis burst upon the romcom scene with Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It ties its strands together a touch too tightly two-thirds of the way through - but still leaves enough hanging at the end to be credible.
For long stretches, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Crazy, Stupid, Love is a sharp, decidedly superior romantic comedy whose top-rate performers and fizzy dialogue go a long way to overcoming its tired set-up.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Maudlin, glossy, overextended.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A lot of mixed-up fun to watch at the time and includes a neat twist.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Crazy, Stupid, Love feels like it wants to please everyone, but you feel the strain at every turn.
Philip Concannon - The Skinny
One of the funniest films of the year.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
This is witless, saccharine and lifeless...
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
The kind of film that makes you want to call someone the minute it's over, even if just to tell them to go see this movie.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
...combines the adolescent humiliation of American Pie and the middle-aged angst of The 40 Year-Old Virgin.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
Crazy Stupid Love is funnier, smarter and more touching than your average cut-out-andkeep Hollywood relationship flick.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
Both riotously funny and heartwarmingly sweet, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic comedy that -- finally -- lives up to its label.
Neil Pond - American Profile
At the end of this intelligent romantic comedy we realize that it's people who are crazy and stupid, and love is this precious gift that's worth fighting for.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
Algunas buenas ideas, varios chistes y un buen elenco no alcanzan para evitar que termine siendo una comedia romantica previsible, melosa y bastante conservadora.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
So close, and yet so far.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
But it is young Mr. Bobo that surprises with a performance that belies his 14 years. His Robbie, more than anyone else in the film, has a handle on what love is and how it should be.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
The degree of difficulty was high on studio comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, which could easily have gone south in less skillful hands. The cast led by Steve Carell delivers.
Anne Thompson - Thompson on Hollywood
A strong cast makes the most of an insightful, jaggedly hilarious script. And it also helps that the actors and directors cleverly depict real-life situations in ways that are both witty and emotionally engaging.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There is a 5 minute sequence that holds up against the greatest romantic films of all time. Then there's the rest, which I won't stop to watch on cable/satellite next year.
David Poland - Movie City News
conveys both the exuberance of being in love and all of the potential pain it can bring
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Erratic ton a clue to Crazy, Stupid, LOVE
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
For each dark, tangy or authentic moment this romantic comedy offers, there are several scenes of overprocessed, underspiced Hollywood fare.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
... an invigorating mix that works with the cliches in a way that makes them fresh and painfully real.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The best and most frustrating kind of good-but-not-great movie.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Hit or miss screenplay should have been just "hit"
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Steve Carell joined by a talented cast in Crazy, Stupid, Love
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A good film that never quite becomes a very good film, even though it sometimes flirts with greatness.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
But it is Gosling who steals the show. Flexing his extraordinarily buffed torso and his acting chops, the young star proves his comic skills are as well honed as his dramatic ones, and that's saying a lot.
Brandon Judell - New York Theatre Wire
Here, for the most part, are fully realized people, with understandably complicated emotions, even though they are occasionally crammed into bumper cars of farcical complications and told to have at it.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Perhaps the summer's biggest surprise is "Crazy, Stupid, Love." It fills the bill as funny, romantic and simply overflowing with various revelations of its own.
Emma Stone stands out above a marvelous cast and makes this memorable.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Too many side plots dilute the basic story and make this movie fall into the good category instead of the great.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I feel like it is trying to be too many things at once.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
It's not a horrible film, but it's nowhere near as good as it could (or should) have been.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Affecting and amusing, reminding audiences never to give up on finding romance.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Amusing, initially smart and heartfelt with plenty of charm thanks to its terrific ensemble cast, but it eventually becomes contrived, uneven and sophomoric.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Carell, Gosling and Stone are great, and give you some of the best romantic comedy moments in years.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The secret to the film's success starts with its blue-chip cast, the summer's finest gathering of thespians with the possible exception of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
As farce it's more about confusion and miscommunication than any real insights into love or marriage, but audiences just wanting to be entertained should have a great time.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
... a fugue on the multigenerational facets of love ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A lively, well-acted, deeply honest look at love, family and romance.
Stephen Silver - Patch
Crazy, Stupid, Love. is as chock full of great laugh lines as it is unnecessary punctuation.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Steve Carell already played a modern day Noah in titanically bad "Evan Almighty." In "Crazy, Stupid, Love" he redeems himself in his second Old Testament challenge: Job of the RomCom.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
When it focuses on the two main relationships, Crazy, Stupid, Love shines.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A few contrivances too many make this otherwise appealing romantic comedy seem occasionally ungainly, yet its sensational cast manages to breezily flick away most distractions.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Gosling is dead on as the womanizing Don Juan who says all the right things, and makes all the right moves, to get beautiful women to have sex with him.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
There are so many things wrong with this film, I don't know where to begin.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Constructed with such professionalism and inhabited by such warm characters that even its cliche moments are easily forgiven...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Crazy, Stupid, Phony
James Verniere - Boston Herald
In a romantic comedy genre that has driven many of us crazy with its tropes and predictability for years, Crazy, Stupid, Love. is a revelation for its unpredictability alone.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It's got its hiccups but for thanks to its stellar cast, Crazy, Stupid, Love ends up being smart, sweet and enjoyable.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is a smart comedy about people, their foibles and the enduring strength of relationships.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Even in its messiest moments, however, it never loses its sweet-natured charm. There's still plenty here to love.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
With key players Emma Stone and Steve Carell you get a charming grown up comedy. A genuine film that was easily relatable which made it a fantastic surprise .
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
It's a smart, sharp, funny and occasionally touching look at the titular human emotion that drives, maddens and satisfies most of us, often simultaneously. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A cheaply funny, bland, forgettable comedy that offers little insight into divorce or the end of relationships.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Nothing in Crazy, Stupid, Love. should work. If you're going to blow a movie plot, blow it this way.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Like a cinematic version of Frankenstein's monster, this ensemble romantic dramedy is stitched together out of pieces of other, far better movies, and brought to unnatural life by an overqualified cast.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the more refreshingly original romantic comedies containing a beautiful script that is unpredictable, funny and dramatic. I love this film!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The directors show a great talent for jagged-edged farce.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
During a summer when most of the other romantic comedies haven't been either, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" provides a fairly smart and sensible date-night choice.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time? If you don't, this winsome movie will remind you.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The film gets so many other things right that such missteps are somewhat forgivable by comparison and while they may keep you from totally falling in love with it, you would be both crazy and stupid to miss it.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
If Crazy, Stupid, Love. is extra brave in the way it handles sex, it's also extra brave in the way it handles love.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It's smart, doesn't play down to its audience, and has some of the best chemistry among its lead actors we've seen displayed onscreen this year.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is the grown-up romantic comedy we've been waiting for.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
The movie is going for a wistful romanticism. For me it was more like a pervy sociopathy.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
For a movie this full of warmth and potential, there's a vibe-killing sameness and sitcom-like safety that it wraps itself in like a cozy, smothery blanket.
Dave White - Movies.com
I saw more jellyfish in Crazy, Stupid, Love than I saw in the Florida ocean. Because not only are the characters all spineless, like jellyfish, they have no brains.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Too much territory to cover and not enough material to make it happen.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Let me be the first to declare the breakout hit of the summer has finally arrived. This movie is so good it will bring tears of joy to your eyes. It balances frank discussions with humorous situations. It doesn't follow the..
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
There are plenty of laughs, but the film is also perceptive about the inconsistencies and foolishness that make us human.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
You're likely to fall in love with these characters, Cal and Hannah especially -- and when you're in love, you're willing to forgive a few faults.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
...Steve Carell and Julianne Moore play their scenes honestly and believably, so while the characters and incidents around them become farcical at times, the core of the film remains subdued and even melancholy. Both actors are likable so we want...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Heartfelt dramedy has strong story and characters.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Throwing every style of comedy and romantic complication at the wall to see what sticks, the filmmakers find out too late that almost none of it does.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
For most of the way, Crazy, Stupid, Love coasts more than agreeably on the talents of four hugely charismatic actors and a tart, knowing script that tweaks the rom-com formula just enough to seem fresh.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
it's a messy state of affairs but in this often hilarious miasma, the truth is gleaned at moments with a bewildering clarity.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
It's a tonic for those beaten down by years of bad rom-coms. Love conquers all -- and so, I suspect, will this movie. Just try to resist it.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Crazy, Stupid, Love supplies plenty of laughs but truly impresses in the low-key moments, revealing genuine warmth for its characters.
Peter Paras - E! Online
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is a paint-by-numbers bromantic dramedy in which clothes make the man.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Carell carries the comedy, while remaining grounded in the pain of the character, and so we care. It's also astonishing what good clothes and a haircut can do for a guy. There's a lesson in that for all of us.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" has brightnesses, but they're too spread out over a sea of dimness.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The result is a charming romantic comedy that not only restores one's faith in the power of the genre, but may prove one of the summer's best films.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
One of the year's funniest pictures, cleverly structured, perfectly paced (for the most part), and enlivened by a cast that's pretty well unimprovable.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The magnetism between the movie's two male stars, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, is what really makes the movie tick.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Sexy without being smutty and funny without grossing us out...it's 'adult' in the best sense.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
In a genre where outright imbecility generally prevails, a film investigating craziness and stupidity qualifies as a cut above.
Bob Mondello - NPR
What a pleasure to see an intelligent, grown-up comedy with substance, amongst so many cartoonish, action films that have littered theaters this summer.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
Carell delivers another of his patented 'nice guy in loser package worth giving a chance to' performances that he begat in "40 Year-Old Virgin"...but the film's real secret weapon is Ryan Gosling's loosey goosey comedic debut
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
... punctuated with some genuine observation, some honest insight into the way we all struggle towards what we think we want, and how we often lie to ourselves about what that is.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
"Crazy Stupid Love" is all over the place, but a good cast can take a movie a long way, and this one does.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A film that unabashedly believes in the craziness and the stupidity of what we call love. It's also one of the most purely entertaining films of the year.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Every moment of mature insight in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" is answered by a scene of formulaic farce.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A sparkling and well-acted comedy about three generations of characters seeking the holy grail of love and pleasure.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Crazy Stupid Love veers schizophrenically between daring, jaw-dropping comedy and gooey sitcom cliches that weigh it down.
Love can be crazy and stupid, as the title of Crazy, Stupid, Love suggests. It can also be messy, disjointed and self-defeating contradictory, as the movie itself proves.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
In the past, movies like this found identifiable individuals to champion and then let their problems play out with an organic ordinariness. Fast forward a few decades and you've got another almost insufferable undertaking.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Mounts a tremendous effort to keep the audience guessing, undermining as much formula as it can. It's a sharp movie, layered with impressive performances and a generous heart.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Unpredictable, richly detailed, terrifically acted, biting and funny as hell.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
If the film is almost too optimistic about its outlook on rough waters of love, it is so only because the characters, and not the movie itself, wear rose-tinted glasses.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore all shine in this multi-generational comedy full of romantic complications.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Crazy, Stupid, Love has real substance to its story and characters that feel like genuine people. You don't see that very often in today's movies -- especially one as well-acted as this.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
As the stud and the stooge, Gosling and Carell mesh perfectly while gradually changing places between hilarious and sad, wounded and proud.
Matt Pais - RedEye
The characters do not feel like archetypes of the romantic comedy genre, but like people as authentic as you and I.
In the end the only word in the title that's accurate is "stupid."
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Takes familiar genre cliches and gently finesses them into something delightful and uproariously funny.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Any tears shed during its finale are not entirely without merit. Giving his best performance in five years, Steve Carell certainly earns them. The rest of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." might make you rub your eyes, too. It's just that irritating.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Cut the wise-beyond-his-years small fry and you've got a decent adult comedy.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A boldly old-fashioned romantic comedy with the rare quality of being both romantic and comedic.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
This is the sort of movie that shows us human emotions rather than tells us what they are supposed to look like.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Wow, did, I, dislike, this, movie.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
The film can't help but register as utterly conventional in the worst sense of the term.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
This movie changes directions unexpectedly in ways that lead to deeper feelings and big laughs. The story never goes where you expect, and that's incredibly refreshing.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Often inspired, occasionally insipid, altogether uneven.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
[Gosling's] swagger is good enough but not so great that I'm jealous of his lines. That's Mr. Notebook for you.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
One of the most clever and enthusiastic romantic comedies of recent memory.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Timely proof that movies can tackle mature themes without juvenile frills and still deliver the ageless thrill of falling head over heels for a Hollywood love story
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
I love this movie. Crazy, smart, loving and laugh out loud funny, this romantic comedy is the best of its kind not just for this, but for many recent years.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A refreshingly-tasteful, romantic romp which manages to entertain and elicit lots of laughs without relying on a vulgar brand of humor.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
[VIDEO] For the first time in a long time Hollywood offers up an energetic adult romantic comedy that's equal parts substance and comic spice.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Warm and hilarious, a kaleidoscope of romantic misadventures with Gosling,of all people, as it freshest, funniest character.
Caryn James - James on screenS
The movie has an unexpectedly high proportion of delights to groaners, and it's full of actors you'll want to see...
With a surprisingly mature screenplay by animation writer Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars) and top flight direction from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Crazy, Stupid, Love cuts to the heart of the matters of the heart.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
One of the best-acted comedies of the summer, the movie has a lot of charm, humor and insight in its first hour, before turning into old-fashioned middlebrow fare with morals and lessons and neat ending.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A comedy-drama that pretends to be a honest look at relationships when it's really just burdened with simplistic characters and sitcom set-ups.
Tim Grierson - Screen International