“Badly Contrived Plot With Annoying Characters”
Krasinski has a great comic touch; his every reaction shot is a relief from the tedium of nobody telling the truth. And it's probably all he can do not to glance at the camera, Office-style, as if to say, ''Can you believe how dumb this stuff is?''
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The most dispiriting thing about "Something Borrowed" is that with a little more art, craft and wit it could have been a lot better, maybe even good.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Bonds are tested and feelings hurt, but who really cares? The story takes predictable turns, embraces cliches and dodges all humor.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Would be wholly unbearable if it weren't for Krasinski, who is on the scene with his goofy, bulbous nose and perfect comedic timing to partially redeem the almost unwatchable.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
"Something Borrowed" is carrion that Kate Hudson circles like a vulture.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
It's no coincidence that Something Borrowed features lawyer protagonists; while making a pretense of being a comedy of modern sexual ethics, the movie never asks a hard question without an answer prepared in advance.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Even if you've got a soft spot for silly rom-coms, know that this one is as empty-headed as it gets.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The movie strains far too hard to make what Rachel and Dex have done all right, as if their guilty anguish - and the movie's saccharine score - frees us to root for them.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's mainly interested in hurtling from one cute set piece to the next, plausibility and/or 'organic' character development be damned.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The movie is merely a joke-stoked soap opera; its bare-bones plot leaves the characters unrealized and the situations undefined.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
All of the characters are treated sincerely and played in a straightforward style. It's just that we don't love them enough.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A genial cast and moderately funny script prevail over the sort of sappy music cues and white-bread settings that have become the grating norm in Hollywood rom-coms.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A film that fails to dramatize its intriguing premise.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
I can't imagine an audience for this other than backers, relatives or friends of the filmmakers, and even they will find their mettle tested.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
In Something Borrowed, Kate Hudson looks exhausted, as if she is as tired of wading through another one of her feckless duds as we are of watching them.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
How many times must we be subjected to another gorgeous, glamorous starlet impersonating a clumsy wallflower? Will anyone really believe in this GQ-perfect big man on campus who lacks the courage to ask her out on a date?
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Romantic comedy has taken a shellacking lately in a series of stupefying flops, but they didn't have Ginnifer Goodwin.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
This relatively charmless adaptation centers on the relatable-enough panic of watching one's ideal partner tie the knot with the wrong person, but ditches all the elements that link the premise to real life.
Peter Debruge - Variety
The script and direction are by-the-numbers at best and Goodwin's hairstyles tend to be distractingly awful.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The big moral issues, the deception and lies? Blown off, like so much sand on the deck. After all, if you're a rich, young, white American, what's a bit of hanky-panky among friends?
Greg Quill - Toronto Star
The film seems to think that we will find something entertaining about Darcy just because she's played by Kate Hudson. It's hard to imagine a worse miscalculation.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
The sisterhood is already grumbling about a movie that suggests women will happily choose a mate over friendship, but actually it's the stereotypes of good behaviour rather than bad that bring this rom com crashing down.
Kate Taylor - Globe and Mail
A successful romantic comedy should offer breezy wish fulfillment as sweet and airy as cotton candy. Something Borrowed is overlong and at times tedious; the taste is gritty and lingers unpleasantly.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Something blue as well as this wedding party has enough unlikable characters to put anyone into a funk.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Many melodramatic revelations come to light in the film's third act, then they're just as quickly resolved. But don't feel daunted: You'll probably have checked out mentally and emotionally long before any of this anyway.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The half-star rating goes to John Krasinski for heroically rising above this vile dung heap of a movie.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
At times "Something Borrowed" is almost offensively unrealistic.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Krasinski is, once again, the best thing about a romantic comedy.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
From its empty soul to its poorly framed shots ready for pan-and-scan conversion, Something Borrowed seems primed to play on Saturday afternoons on E!, sandwiched between reruns of Keeping Up with the Kardashians...
- The Playlist
Chemistry-free casting (Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski) and a flawed premise, not the recipe for a great romance
The work of the lead trio keeps the movie from ever becoming something blue.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
No romantic drama has ever been so misguided and eager for you to root against its characters. This tacky, morally abhorrent film is unbearable.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
While Something Borrowed obviously wants to explore themes of competitiveness and betrayal in female friendships, it seems to feel compelled to hit pre-programmed chick flick beats at regular intervals.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's neither romantic nor comedic. Sort of defeats the whole point of the exercise, you know?
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
You'd have a lot more fun sharing a few Heinekens than wasting your time on this movie in which lies build upon lies until the whole plot comes crashing down.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Prepare to leave feeling something blue.
- Total Film
...a passable romcom that just barely gets the job done...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
An intoxicated condition might be the best one in which to watch this terrible movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The book was good but the movie is not. Too many unlikable characters without any softening.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It should have borrowed some charm.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
As a wedding drama which feels like we've seen it 1,000 times before, Something Borrowed certainly lives up to the 'seen-it-all-before' title.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
I was grasping at straws to find anyone in the film that acted like a normal human being with a moral center.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
It's the Transformers of chick-flicks, a brain-stabbing hundred minutes of brutal hurtness.
Dave White - Movies.com
Even though it's chick-flicky with men who are either girly men or brutish clods, Goodwin and Krasinsky (in the Tony Randall role) give good performances.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
If you met any of these people in real life, you'd head for the hills; here, we're trapped with them for the duration, and it feels like a season in hell.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
Some of the most utterly unlikable characters you've ever met. The exception is Kate Hudson's Darcy, who is completely detestable.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Spineless people slowly falling in love is painless to watch. 'Something Borrowed' now stands as proof of this.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The genre always assumes we'll sympathize with ugly, soulless, personality-free women doing terrible things... But even grading on that rom-com curve, this is a disgusting movie...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It never quite comes together because the appalling behaviour of the three main characters doesn't translate well from page to screen.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Hudson cements her talent for playing someone we are clearly intended to tolerate just because she's good at getting a party going.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
A quickly-paced melodrama with a good cast and not really much else.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
We're never given any legitimate reason why Rachel would consider the self-absorbed Darcy such a dear friend for so many years.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
Like a trashy paperback you take to the beach, I'm not proud of liking it and I'm not saying it doesn't have problems, but in the end I kind of enjoyed it anyway.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Although 'Something Borrowed' deals with serious love vs. friendship issues, Kate Hudson's performance is over-the-top funny.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
That is quite a pickle. Or at least it would be if real people were involved, or if it were addressed with any degree of intelligence.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A better title: Everything Borrowed.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Hudson and Goodwin have great chemistry together. Krasinski does the best acting job and steals every scene he appears in. The cinematography, scenic New York locations and a romantic soundtrack are added bonuses.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
I can't believe Something Borrowed is based on a book. I can take this sort of thing from a Hollywood screenwriter, but an author actually wrote a story that's so completely derivative of Hollywood rom-coms?
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
The film relies on a singular idea-deciding whether to hurt a friend for the sake of true happiness. It's a premise that runs out of steam halfway through, but not before repeating its point over and over. More like "Something to Throw Away."
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I suspect most of us would cross a crowded highway barefoot and bleeding to avoid any contact whatsoever with the insufferable twits populating this gruesome rom-com.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...chances are your real friends are smarter, and more interesting and they almost certainly say funnier things.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Kate Hudson has punished us yet again.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
There's a moment in the third act when the emotional tangles feel dangerous and exciting... But the rest of the film is not as good as these brief few minutes, and cruises in a lower gear
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
... rises above its lack of promise ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
"Inept and implausible in almost every way, Something Borrowed is the smug rom-com answer to the Apatowian man-child comedy."
Though breathlessly caught up in the lives of women in nice shoes dithering about what they should do with their lives, it never approaches being as interesting as those shoes
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
After two acts of drunken partying and sad goo-goo eyes in every direction, Something Borrowed just sort of explodes in slapdash revelation and a final scene that merely sorts out the emotional wreckage.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Compared to last year's Sex and the City 2, this is a breath of fresh air. For those who enjoy the great romantic comedies, though, Something Borrowed hasn't borrowed enough.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
The tension between the film's happy public surface and the thorny interior themes of guilt and deception gives the movie a perhaps unintentional 'romcom noir' distinctiveness.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Something Borrowed" is something ... ew.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Soap-operaish romcom is full of mature twists, betrayals.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Here we go again: big lies swell and then pop in a flick that's one-hundred percent adherent to the shiny, colorful Warner Brothers rom-com style guide.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
"Something Borrowed" asks the question, "Is it possible to pull off a romantic comedy in which you don't want anyone to end up with anyone else?" The answer is, "No."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
If you want my opinion-and I am way outside (think Pluto) the intended audience-forget this often crass effort about the double-headed love gymnastics involving BFFs in the Big Apple. It's just not all that appealing a rom-com.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
Something Borrowed is a snappy rom com about intersecting desires among a group of twenty-something friends.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Love is the only thing that matters here, but in an unhealthy, annoying way.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Starts funny, but loses steam towards the end as it gets more dramatic.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
By the end of Something Borrowed, the collective withholding of true feelings is enough to make an audience want to pull the trigger on something else.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The film's themes, about friendship and turning 30, are laid bare in sometimes farcical terms.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A predictable romantic comedy with cookie-cutter characters - the nerdy professional with a mean-girl best friend, both vying for a stoic lawyer who secretly wants to be a teacher.
Jody Mitori - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Something Borrowed is really cute if your definition of 'cute' is 'emotionally abusive people being horrible to each other all the time.'
Matt Pais - RedEye
There's not much to say about Something Borrowed that you couldn't read in a hundred different reviews about a hundred different romantic comedies.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Only in the movies would the adorable Ginnifer Goodwin consistently be cast as the plain girl.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
With its long guest list of chick-flick and rom-com cliches, Something Borrowed is something old instead of something new. Say "I don't."
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Doesn't always evade the traps of convention, but it is the first film of its kind in a while with an ending that isn't such an obvious foregone conclusion.
Goodwin radiates probity and makes waiting almost look interesting, and so, for all the movie's awkwardness, it remains watchable. But she's waiting for something that's not worth waiting for, not for her and not for us.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Unfortunately, although it asks some interesting questions, it's hampered by annoying and downright unlikable characters.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...has a cast that's too good for the script-manipulated characters they play.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A two-minute romantic problem that takes two movie hours to resolve.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
a nasty little piece of emotional smut
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Kate Hudson's amusing portrait of an egomaniacal frenemy is the best reason to see this overextended soap opera.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A film that feels agonizingly synthetic and alien.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Simply a misfire, a flat rom com, not even well acted
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
There is not a whole lot to love about this supposed romantic comedy and thus it is not worth the ticket price, wait for the DVD!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
[VIDEO] ...you'll have to reach a decision about smiling cute characters without a jot of ethical sense. The filmmakers have already sized up their audience.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Hardly romantic and barely a comedy, Something Borrowed hovers in that damp gray region of movies that are often characterized as "cute," though it has barely enough character to stand up even to that bland adjective.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A romantic comedy doesn't have to be a hardcore slog through the crippling realities of love, but fantasy shouldn't feel like punishment. Who needs substance when the obvious is a proven seller.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Occasionally chuckle-worthy and seldom awful or stupid. It's an emotionally intelligent film, if not an outstandingly amusing one.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
John Krasinski provides relief as Ethan, who would be the gay best friend except that he's straight and who maintains an amused irony that almost makes the film endurable.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Why did this movie leave such a rotten taste in my mouth? Because its story, based on Emily Giffin's popular novel, is a pretty repellent view of women's friendship.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A soul-searching chick flick that really clicks.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Like so many romantic comedies, it believes the drama is in contrived conflict.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
An irredeemably lame by-the-numbers romcom. The plot is creaky, the ending obvious, the Goodwin-Hudson friendship so flat and false they might be fighting over a Ken doll.
Caryn James - James on screenS
It made me like it against my will and despite my biases, and it made me like that I liked it. I enjoyed its walk of shame.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
It's hard to fathom why director Luke Greenfield agreed to give his film the too-apropos title Something Borrowed.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Hints at a moral complexity beyond typical rom-com fare but ends up retreating into glossy, unpleasant superficiality.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Greenfield stumbles on occasions but it aims at some sort of honesty and for the most part achieves it.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
As odd as it seems, Something Borrowed grows on you as it wears on, primarily because its characters are relatively unlikeable for a film of this type.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
How annoying is this movie? This watered down chick-flick gives not just chicks, but flicks a bad name.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Something Borrowed never quite comes to terms with the fact that its object of desire is, well, a colossal p----.
Sam Adams - Time Out
While the screenplay reveals surprising nuance and there are standout performances, this too often succumbs to the schmaltzy tropes of the genre.
Joshua Blackman - FILMINK (Australia)
We soon lose interest in their romantic plight and wish the film didn't feel like a three hour marathon of plastic situations and plastic characters
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Light entertainment that should prove a popular choice for a girls' night out, although it's too long and most of the characters are irritating,"
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile