All play and no work makes Jackman, as Leopold, a doll of a boyfriend.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Essentially a Nora Ephron fairy tale with a sci-fi twist and a lot more plot than you might find in one of Ms. Ephron's cotton-candy daydreams.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
What a dopey, ropey lot of nonsense from director and co-writer James Mangold, who gave us Girl, Interrupted and Cop Land.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Too bad director/co-writer James Mangold ... couldn't come up with anything fresher and more worthy of Jackman's suave grace.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Clocking her umpteenth role as a romantic comedy character in a forgettable mainstream scenario, [Ryan] seems to have lost all allure.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Apparently they were made for each other (unfortunately the actors weren't).
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
It's a charmer.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
The shabby metaphysics and complete absence of internal logic are perhaps meant to charm, but only add to the eye-gouging irritant factor.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
For reactionary propaganda, the movie admittedly is fun, in a modest way.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The movie ... is pleasant but forced.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Together, Jackman and Ryan really click.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
One of the reasons the movie works is because we like the goodness of the characters.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An oppressively cute Manhattan time-travel romantic comedy that's lost in time, space and cliches.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The irresistible force that is Hugh Jackman -- or was it his swoony Leopold? -- swept me off my seat and into the movie.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The culture clashes you expect follow, but what isn't expected is how marvelous Jackman is in the role.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A time-travel romantic comedy whose best elements -- Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman -- overcome distracting plot holes, loose threads and assorted contrivances to make for a mostly charming and diverting tale.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
Even by movie standards, the time-tripping in K & L doesn't work.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Its sparkling humor and heady atmosphere of romance make it the ideal date movie.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
If you've seen one movie about a guy from the past encountering modern flush toilets and electric toasters, you've seen them all.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A Hollywood formula flick with the life sucked out of it.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The problem with Kate & Leopold is that although this is supposed to be a romantic comedy, the best scenes are the ones in which there's no Ryan.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Delivers the kind of warm, familiar mixed brew of romance, humor, light drama, and pleasant character interaction that has made many of Ryan's similar endeavors successful box office performers.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
What the film ... lacks most is that exhilarating leap of imagination that sweeps a viewer willingly into the realm of make-believe.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Flies on the sweet chemistry of Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Predictably, there will be a spark between Leopold and Kate, but 80 minutes is too long to wait for it to catch fire.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
It's rare to come across a time travel tale as listless as this one.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Some nice moments but overall not a total success.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Surprisingly effective romantic comedy with Hugh Jackman at his most charming and Meg Ryan proving yet again why she has become the watermark against which all other female romantic leads are compared.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Despite a promising premise, Jackman's Golden Globe-nominated performance remains the only tangible reason to see this movie.
Emma Cochrane - Empire Magazine
Ironically, what jeopardises the transaction is Ryan.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Jackman commands Kate and Leopold as no actor has commanded a romantic comedy since Steve Martin in Roxanne.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The two individually likable stars do eventually reach some level of warmth, but by that time the film is nearly over and Kate and Leopold are supposed to be madly in love with each other.
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Mesmo sendo um pouco mais longo do que deveria, o filme conta uma historinha simples, mas agradavel - e se beneficia enormemente do carisma de Hugh Jackman como um dos personagens-titulo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
In establishing such a lofty pretence as time travel, Mangold then trots out an uninspiring love story which fails to play-up the cultural differences between characters.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
There's nothing terribly wrong with Kate & Leopold -- it's just an awfully conventional upmarket romantic comedy...
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
...An average, workmanlike production, virtually indistinguishable from any other example of the pat, easily digested, box-office-successful formula faithfully churned out by Hollywood every day of the year.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If the idea is not original, well, not much is these days; be thankful for something that can be called amusing.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
[Jackman is] handsome, funny, rugged and refined; he gleams with confidence in a part that could have reduced lesser actors to silliness.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Wesley Lovell - Apollo Guide
One of the better examples of romantic comedies doing the rounds and even though it is overlong at times, it will make for passable video fodder one dreary Sunday evening.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
I was quickly won over by its disarming sense of fun, great performances and some clever ideas smoothly executed.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Yes, it's sweet and enjoyable, but it's also a bit plodding.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mangold should have done a bit more research with the screenplay, not to mention metaphysics.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
A limp wet noodle of a movie.
Jason Clark - Matinee Magazine
There's nothing particularly earth-shaking about the movie, but Ryan, Jackman, Schreiber and Breckin Meyer do their best to make the two hours bright and breezy.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
An amusing time-travel theme plus Hugh Jackman in his dashing Duke's uniform and Meg Ryan looking as perky as ever -- what more could incurable romantics ask for?
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
...after a few forays into delightful romantic comedy, it falls headfirst into complete but welcome predictability.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Likeable as they are, Kate and Leo are hampered by the heavy-handed storytelling going on around them.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Es como un chocolate: aunque no aporta nada sustancial, es un deleite pasajero que bien vale la pena disfrutar.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Pasadera, divertida en algunos momentos, pero siendo exigentes con el genero, lo mejor del filme sigue siendo la cancion nominada...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
The characters emerge as human rather than wow us with easy gags
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
After a promising start (Heavy, Cop Land), director James Mangold has regressed beyond nostalgia and into inanity, the same way this film does.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Hilarious at times, unbearably soppy at others, Kate & Leopold is comfortable viewing for old romantics.
Laura Bushell - BBC
Witless and relentlessly cliched'...this whimsy whoopie cushion of a lame romantic fable is as soggy as a Jackie Collins novel that fell into a jacuzzi.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A simple pleasure--the kind of entertainment romantic comedies are prone to provide.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
While the time travel plot is downright silly, fine performances and excellent romantic chemistry rescue the story for the most part ...
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
I have two words for you: Hugh Jackman. Really, who cares what the story's about?
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
"Life is not comprised solely of tasks, but tastes."
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
A flat, pandering and stagnant romance.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Put Ryan and Jackman together, and they fail the simple Alka Seltzer chemistry test: plop, plop, fizzle, fizzle, and no, what a relief it isn't.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Kate & Leopold is the perfect film-product. Tastes great and won't go to your thighs.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's a lot like those Cary Grant screwball comedies.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
An amusing diversion while we're waiting for something better to come along.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
...a semi-sweet, time-traveling, yuletide log. It may sit well on the fire for 2 hours, but its love-struck ashes aren't anything to keep up on the mantle.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Even if the charming Jackman floats your boat, it's tough to swoon over Kate & Leopold.
Karla Peterson - San Diego Union-Tribune
If I see one more movie with Meg Ryan as a disillusioned career woman who just doesn't believe in love anymore -- I'll blow chunks!
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
It's as if the actress agreed to take another America's-sweetheart role but her spirit didn't.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
Mangold, used to heavier fare, seems uncomfortable in this genre, and Ryan isn't convincingly enchanting.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
What a waste of a premise!
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This isn't a sci-fi movie, but you end up brooding about inconsistencies.
Vera H-C Chan - Contra Costa Times
It's a stupid film but not a malicious one.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Ryan does her cute-as-a-button thing once again, which works extremely well in this context, and Jackman responds with charm and grace.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Mangold gets stuck in the gooey sweet spots of his tale a little more often than he breaks loose with a bracing jolt of perversity.
Bill Gallo - New Times
A romantic comedy with something on its mind -- not necessarily a message, but a reminder of just how far astray we've gone in our relationships with one another.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The most unromantic romance of the year.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
We're willing to suspend our disbelief, but the movie lacks its own inner logic.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What we have in this comedy are two hoary plot conceits of ancient vintage and dubious worth.
John Anderson - Newsday
Supremely and sublimely romantic.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
As a spun-sugar, slightly screwball romantic comedy, it's a delicious 'portal' to an hour and change of escapism.
Gemma Tarlach - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's a fantasy, but it summons real emotions.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Three tired genres (Manhattan-based romantic comedies, time-travel movies and Meg Ryan) collide in Kate & Leopold, as vapid a film as you'll see all year.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Ryan's chirpy brittleness makes the entire movie crumble -- we have no idea why Leopold would fall in love with her.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
More forced than touching, lacking much of a serviceable plot and simply feeling off-track right from the get-go.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The whole enterprise feels false and manipulative, run through the wringer of focus groups and test audiences.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Intended to be a modern-day fairy tale, this film only succeeds in delivering every time-travel cliche in the book.
Michael Phillips - Citysearch
The material is badly directed by co-writer/director Mangold, who plays many scenes far too broadly.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The overall quality of Mangold's writing and direction is poor.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An intelligent, crowd-pleasing take on the time travel love story.
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
Time-travel lite: a fluffy and enjoyable romance
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Once it settles down, it becomes a star-making vehicle for Jackman, and a supremely polished example of the sort of swoony love story cherished by women who secretly hope that some day their prince will come.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Seems like nothing so much as the product of focus-group sessions, a by-the-numbers chick flick about a woman who finds the Perfect Man and then doesn't know what to do about it.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Hugh Jackman is a delight as Leopold, the perfect gentleman who's a model of urbanity and civility so desperately missing from our times.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Mangold achieves a light, bouncy tone that matches both the story and Ryan's own natural charms without resorting to the cloying, artificially sweetened feel of such outings as You've Got Mail.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Cute or not, Ryan is starting to seem like a stubborn homecoming queen who refuses to surrender her tiara.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
Suffers from a complete lack of conviction in its material.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Has the sex appeal of a Road Runner cartoon, one-tenth the laughs and equal plausibility.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Long, embarrassing to watch, sloppy and infantile.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Winning fluff, easy to take and easy to like--the rare example of its genre that's genuinely enjoyable.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The blandness of the material translates into extreme wastefulness.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Roll with the fantasy, and it's possible to enjoy yourself -- modestly.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Will they fall in love? Does Fabio use conditioner?
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
As Leopold ... Jackman is the perfect mix of rogue and gentleman.
Betsy Bozdech - Reel.com
A 19th-century duke is transported into the present and becomes a commercial spokesman for margarine. Wait, wasn't that a Bewitched episode?
Dean Essner - E! Online
Kate & Leopold is is as gracious and charming as its hero, Leopold (Hugh Jackman), the third Duke of Albany.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
This bland, taffy-pulled, over-long go-round, like something put together by market research, lacks most of the essentials of true love -- heart, passion, sexuality, excitement etc. etc.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
I seriously doubt it would have even gotten past the internet phase of Miramax's Project Greenlight.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
"Kate and Leopold" might warm the easy heart, but it will most certainly numb the brain.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
It's a decent alternative when you find all the big event movies are sold out [and] you won't need a hankie, either.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Fanciful and imaginative, creative and backed with high power production at all levels. *The reviewer stands to applaud
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
[W]e've seen all this stuff before where the guy from the past puts on the remote control and he's frightened by television and stereo and the wacky way of the world. We've seen all that before, done. But the romance is nice.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Cute. Funny. Charming. Romantic. Predictable. Fluffy. Recycled. Long.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Mangold is so careless that, if you pay attention, you'll notice him giving away the ending in the first five minutes.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The script is sweet, but not sappy, and attempts to stay within the bounds of time travel logic
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Is it just me, or does Meg Ryan look as bored as I think she does with playing the same character a gazillion times?
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A thoroughly satisfying romantic comedy, informed at all times by a special wit and ardent feeling.
David Noh - Film Journal International
"You're sucking the life out of American cinema," says a market research exec to Meg Ryan's titular Kate.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
As far as the acting goes, it's not a good sign when Breckin Meyer ... is the highlight of the film.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies