Larry Crowne Reviews

  • It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A rom-com fairy tale so tepid and well behaved that watching it feels like being stuck in traffic as giddy joy-riders in the opposite lane break the speed limit.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As romantic comedies go, "Larry Crowne" is neither swooningly romantic nor howlingly funny.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • "Larry Crowne'' isn't a movie for adults. It's a movie for adults who don't like things with screens and keyboards.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • With its eager-to-please congeniality, it almost works, but with a pacing that is at once comfortably assured and frustratingly slack, like holding exactly to the speed limit on a stretch of open road, Larry Crowne never quite comes to life.

    Mark Olsen — Village Voice

  • It put-puts along like a moped in busy traffic, content to amble around but not go anywhere.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • You wonder who thought any of this was funny.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • Larry Crowne doesn't come close to providing the rom-com satisfactions of films attached to the names Hanks and Roberts, or writer Nia Vardalos for that matter.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • You'd have to be in a really bad mood to be put off by this picture's admittedly kind of unabashed eagerness to please.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • "Larry Crowne" has Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but what it doesn't have is a reason for existing.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • There's some cute stuff involving Hanks and some teenagers who tool around campus on scooters, but an utter lack of chemistry between him and Roberts dooms the movie.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Too cute for its own good, Larry Crowne is nonetheless hard to dislike.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Tom Hanks is killing time in "Larry Crowne," an adult romance that is heartwarming, uplifting and monumentally dull.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This is film as comfort food, and even if it has very little nutritional value, its pleasantly bland texture will help keep you occupied until your next job interview or layoff notice.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • With Tom Hanks in front of and behind the camera and Julia Roberts his co-star, you'd think "Larry Crowne" would have some A-list Hollywood charm. You're incorrect.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Even if you wander into this congealed mess with nothing more demanding in mind than to spend a little time with two charming favorites, do not expect Forrest Gump or Pretty Woman.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Movie stars may be less valued than they used to be, but it's still puzzling to see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stuck in a romantic comedy as flat-footed and tone deaf as Larry Crowne.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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