[A] one-joke sub-Judd Apatow snark-athon...
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The premise might work if the film were content to be a fairly undistinguished example of over-the-top gross-out comedy.
Mike Hale - New York Times
It's short on clever humor and big on convention and formula.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The movie clearly aspires to rise to the smutty-but-sweet synergy of other, better films. But She's Out of My League can't touch them.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
While Baruchel is fun to root for and watch flail about like a pipe-cleaner in the wind, this movie encourages a sick desire in me - to see Michael Cera and all the runners-up in the Mr. Puniverse Contest knocked down a peg...
Lucy Barber - Boston Globe
There's barely a smirk in all of its padded hour and 45 minutes...
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The movie's terrific -- it's easily my favorite film released so far this year.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
By mixing the sweetness of "Say Anything" with the silliness of "There's Something About Mary," "She's Out of My League" works as well as it does thanks to a real sense of heart and a killer ensemble.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
The movie is not a comedy classic. But in a genre where so many movies struggle to lift themselves from zero to one, it's about, oh, a six point five.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I laughed here and there at She's Out of My League, but I sort of hated everything it had to say about nerds and babes and the sliding scale of self-image.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Director Jim Field Smith lifts his best beats from Judd Apatow, and his worst from American Pie.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
A diverting showcase for Baruchel and Eve, who are excellent arguments for the proposition that there's more to a person than looks.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
She's Out of My League doesn't answer the question of whether a 10 would go for a 5, but rather if audiences are willing to settle for a 5.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
What elevates She's Out of My League -- it doesn't turn a 5 into a 10, but it helps -- is heart, of which its characters have a surprising plenty.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This appealingly cast movie seesaws from unlikely thoughtfulness to imbecilic vulgarity.
John Anderson - Variety
Scenes that should be grotesquely funny (man helps another man with his intimate grooming, or the appearance of a Hall & Oates cover band) deliver only chuckles rather than a big payoff.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
No, we still don't believe them as a couple. No, there aren't many surprises here.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
We may know exactly where Kirk and Molly are headed -- he can't get over his good fortune and she can't abide being put on a pedestal -- but the movie keeps upending our expectations and provoking laughs.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The movie also does well to let the supporting characters carry the comedic load.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
There are compensations, in Baruchel's performance and in Eve's too (now that's an ingenue's name).
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I'll say this: it's neither a "5" nor a "10," but somewhere in between.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
She's Out of My League is that rare modern screen comedy that is better than the trailers make it appear.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
She's Out of My League is a rowdy blast because the spiky young cast treats the played-out script like virgin territory. That's acting!
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Nothing would work, though, without the appealing Baruchel.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
One of the best laugh til you cry comedies of the last decade.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Writers need to start shaking things up a bit. Have the couple split up for actual reasons. Allow them to see other people or go in a whole new direction. This ending has been done. This whole film has been done. The plot is tired. Let it rest.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
What a pleasant surprise this movie is ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It's not insightful or original about anything more than a generic self-esteem boost for goony dudes who dream of hot babes, but it's never not doing cartwheels to make you laugh.
Dave White - Movies.com
The story relies on the strength of the characters and effectiveness of the comedy to keep it going. And for the most part it works.
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
She's Out Of My League might be the most important romantic comedy of the past twenty five years. If only it was funny enough to warrant such an accolade.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
She's Out of My League is not big on originality, yet it scores points for addressing self esteem and body image issues amongst young males.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Tends to be off-putting, which is a shame, because it's on to something about the dynamic between put-together women and the legions of nervous men who shoot themselves in the feet while longing for them. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
...has a few quality moments, and it doesn't default to the angry ugliness of so many fraternity-boy sexual comedies.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A charming romantic comedy that lets Mr. Wrong win at love for a refreshing change of pace.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
manages to strike a workable balance between the crass and the poignant, even if it sells some of its characters a bit short
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A scenario ripped straight from a screenwriting computer program.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
...largely silly, if well meaning, inoffensive but predictable, unoriginal, and bland.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Hops along no more than hopefully towards its inevitable conclusion that losers sometimes win.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A totally acceptable, completely forgettable romcom that will make you laugh a fair few times, before floating harmlessly out of your life.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Formulaic and inoffensively bland.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Jay Baruchel gets his shot at Hollywood leading-man status in this likable, goofy romcom. And I have to say I'd rather be watching him than the ubiquitous Shia LaBeouf.
Here is yet another American comedy in which a beautiful woman falls head over high heels in love with a worthless geek.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's not half as bad as it sounds thanks to the likable, grounding presence of Baruchel, plus Nate Torrence as his chubby pal.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Eve sparkles, Baruchel amuses and the film as a whole is irresistible.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
She's Out Of My League is a predictable yet hugely enjoyable genre piece that relies on our natural empathy for Baruchel's nice guy...
- Liverpool Echo
With his debut feature, English director Jim Field Smith handles the humour with skill. A solid if formulaic addition to the genre.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
This is the rare one with unisex appeal - it's sweet and it's raunchy, and it has an underdog male lead of huge oddball charisma in Jay Baruchel.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
A funny and charming romcom.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Fast, frequently funny and isn't a chore to watch. Measured on its own dating scale, She's Out Of My League is a solid six with room to climb higher.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
The gross-out level is kept to a minimum and the language is reasonably clean, making it a refreshing change from similar testosterone-fueled movies.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
For all its rude humour and chucklehead antics, this is actually a sweet and shy romantic comedy. It also boosts Jay Baruchel into leading-man status with a thoroughly charming performance.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
While there's no particular originality to proceedings, each character is eminently likeable, and while that doesn't neccesarily translate to memorable comedic gold, it just about works well as a new contender.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny romcom with likeable characters, a witty script, a steady stream of laugh-out-loud gags and terrific performances from its two leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Like its hero, it has hidden depths -- it's just a shame they're not allowed to shine.
Anna Smith - Time Out
The direction from first-timer Jim Field Smith is bland and without character, and you feel that if someone with more confidence and a swagger to their filmmaking had been in charge we'd have seen something that stepped beyond cinematic mediocrity
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Sloppy, sometimes tasteless and at times silly, 'She's Out of My League' is a lovable mess. It's raunchy humor with a heart of gold.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Some half-way decent character comedy props up this otherwise pretty frivolous outing that marks burgeoning star Jay Baruchel's first cinematic leading role.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Although the film follows all the usual peaks and valleys of a typical rom-com, She's Out of My League gets a pass for making me laugh even when it's at its most formulaic.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
... inoffensive but strictly routine ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
If John Hughes has made Clerks 2, it might have went something like this.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The film is not an Apatow production but it feels like one.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
She's Out of My League is perhaps the funniest film since There's Something About Mary.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
An enjoyable ride with a cheerfully funny and realistic edge.
Jarrod Walker - FILMINK (Australia)
I found some of the Judd Apatow films really funny. This is a pale imitation, not actually in their league at all.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
A crowd pleasing romance us fives can get behind...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The central characters feel real and Sean Anders and John Morris have written a smart screenplay in which the characters are not only firmly established, but they behave as you would expect
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Good-natured yet forgettable...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
League an entertaining look at opposites in love.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
A film that delivers amazingly raunchy humor and a fun love story. Actor Nate Torrence steals the film with a scene that will literally make you laugh so hard you will cry.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
has neither the comedy nor the romance nor the insight to deepen its central gimmick
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
The hackneyed conceit of the dork who dreams big earns a zero for originality, but the cast -- which includes Mike Vogel, T.J Miller, and Krysten Ritter as friends of the mismatched couple -- is close to an 8.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Lots of bro-banter and bodily function goofs smother a good idea
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Directed by Englishman Jim Field Smith and scripted by Sean Anders and John Morris of the upcoming "Hot Tub Time Machine," "She's Out of My League" stays afloat for its first hour thanks to the comic water-treading talent of its cast.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Every time I thought it was developing a comic pace, it would stumble, most notably in a few extended, ridiculous gross-out scenes late in the film.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Too much profanity and crude talk but at heart it is an endearing romantic comedy which should raise the ante on Baruchel and Eve's careers
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It is mindless fun, especially for Baruchel fans, with a little heart and surprising charm thrown in for good measure.
- IGN Movies
It's got a stale premise, dumb jokes, [and] characters who exist only to remind you of other characters in slightly better movies.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
Like the confused hero standing at the cross-tarmac of his life, this film isn't sure which way's up. Derisive, sophomoric humor or perky rom-com? Underwear jokes or glowing life lessons on personal evolution?
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Mildly amusing and charming, but often bland, tedious and not nearly as funny as it could have been with a gutsier and more imaginative screenplay.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Every man's fantasy is a hot relationship with a drop-dead gorgeous, head-turning fox. At age 14 reality sinks in and most guys realize it's never going to happen.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Welcome to the plot of every underdog romantic comedy ever -- there are indeed some good laughs, but the story here is negligible.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
The four actors have an appealing rapport -- as offhandedly sweet as it is determinedly raunchy -- and Miller and Vogel especially enliven pretty standard fare.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Starts out working more -- not to mention working better -- as a comedy of manners and social mores before falling back on raunchy humor and sprints to the gate.
William Goss - Cinematical
As crude buddy comedies go, it's a shave above.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
It's still an R-rated comedy with its fair share of raunchy moments, but it's also clever and disarmingly sweet. Not a "10," but certainly a "7," with bonus points for exceeding expectations.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
The writers and director Jim Field Smith show a refreshing level of commitment to something besides broad caricatures and crotch jokes.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Forgettable sub-Apatow fare that even the personable leads can't save from utter mediocrity.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Not as crass, or as sophisticated, as the Apatow-themed humor that it aspires to, "She's Out of My League" succeeds on the strength of its gawky leading man.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
[T]reat[s] its own plot as a huge mystery... you can almost feel the movie shaking its head in bewilderment...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Remarkably good performances by the supporting cast give this beauty-and-the-beast romantic comedy some laughs and warmth, but finding chemistry between the leads proves out of its league.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
... skirts the gummy shoals of the profane, [yet still] heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny, and actually sort of romantic in a puckishly real world way
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
If the Farrelly Brothers and Judd Apatow somehow mated, the result of their union might be She's Out of My League.
Pam Grady - Boxoffice Magazine
The two leads create a sweet, believable romance that deserves a better movie.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
It's a little rushed, and a little rough around the edges, but She's Out of My League is genuinely nutty and funny, and with some likeable characters at its center.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
And even if League isn't up to the Judd Apatow/Kevin Smith standards of smart-guy rom-coms, it's still funny and charming enough to rate as a lovely little post-Oscar season date movie.
Alonso Duralde - Queer Sighted
It kind of feels like Smith, Anders and Morris just threw as many jokes on the wall as they could and saw how many of them would stick. Fortunately, enough of them do adhere to said wall that you'll forget about most of the ones that don't.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Demonstrates how hard it is to achieve that Apatow balance between aww-inspiring tenderness and wince-inducing body-fluid slapstick...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's funny, and kinda sweet, but they shouldn't classify it as comedy. It's sci-fi/fantasy.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Its gormless, assertion-free protagonist offends as a role model for idiot youths, and, even worse, offends as drama.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
- National Post
The leads are better than the movie deserves. Baruchel is likable, and Eve comes off as somewhat more human than you expect in efforts like this.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
While it's a bigger fantasy film than The Lord of the Rings, it owns its implausibility in a way that endures rather than repulses.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
You're out of its league.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A surprisingly sweet-natured affair with solid performances.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This bad-mannered love story has a funny foul mouth with a few bright spots of charm.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Baruchel and the others make this often-crude comedy work when it probably shouldn't.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This raunchy piece of Judd Apatow-lite is a tart confection with a sweet center.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's undeniably formulaic stuff. The film seems to actively invite comparisons with Apatow's oeuvre.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
It's not particularly funny, it runs a bit long, and it certainly uses its fair share of cliches, but it somehow manages to be charming and likable for most of its runtime.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
If you combined Knocked Up with There's Something About Mary...you'd have some idea of how oddly disjointed yet ultimately satisfying She's Our of My League is.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Jay Baruchel, a funny and solid supporting player, is not quite ready for the big leagues with this lackluster rom-com.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The title says it all, and the mismatch of tone parallels the mismatch in the story.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Yet another irritating, frustrating, artificial Hollywood product that trades honesty and depth for grade school immaturity and a bunch of lazy, derivative, totally unfunny jokes involving sexual organs and bodily fluids.
Of all the Judd Apatow-era imitators, She's Out of My League is one of the better ones.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
It's too hellbent on becoming the next "There's Something About Mary" or Judd Apatow offshoot to realize it's finest quality is its tender heart.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
Hardly original, but it knows what works: Think of it as 'The Twentysomething (Almost) Virgin.' It even has an unfortunate male grooming scene similar to the chest-waxing in "Virgin," though this one focuses on an area a wee bit south of that.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
An uninspired romantic comedy/male self-esteem pep-talk that seems to be yearning for viewer affection despite its all-around mediocrity.
Matthew Connolly - Slant Magazine
Though Baruchel does his best to ground the film in some vague semblance of identifiable reality, he's surrounded on all sides by human cartoons, each pushing bad advice or roping him into the next grotesque comic setpiece.
Sean O'Neal - AV Club
[T.J.] Miller's the find. He's out of this movie's league.
Robert Wilonsky - L.A. Weekly
I laughed out loud a handful of times and chuckled on a regular basis. In the end, isn't that all we really want from those sweet, mindless comedies Hollywood continues to offer?
Joe Holleman - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Generously funny, sporadically heartfelt, and infinitesimally honest, League shows surprising signs of life. For a big dumb comedy about losers and hotties, the toil to capture any sort of dimension is welcome.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A movie can't achieve a nakedly honest dude vibe like I Love You, Man when the characters are this irritating.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
We like them, and we're not used to characters in a comedy like this being so blunt, honest, and self-aware.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Impossible to hate.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
There's an interesting, funny, quietly devastating film to be made from the core idea here -- that of an average guy so convinced of his unworthiness that he subconsciously sabotages a golden romantic opportunity -- but this overly broad exercise in set-p
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
The movie is convincing enough to give every Kirk in the world a semblance of hope. Every once in a while, love really is blind.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald