In The Bounty Hunter, the couple that foils a bunch of tiresome grade-C thriller goons together stays together. Whether or not that's a recipe for love, it's certainly not a formula for romantic-comedy magic.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The latest evidence that, when it comes to romantic combat, we live in a more thoughtlessly brutal age than our ancestors did.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Aniston and Butler can't seem to muster any believable chemistry. A lot of mugging happens, but no magic.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The filmmakers clearly believe that their tangled storyline is madcap and delightful, but each new complication just serves to make us feel as though the blessed end of the movie is creeping further and further away.
Dan Kois - Washington Post
Does Columbia Pictures know that a reality-television program with a similar name already exists on A&E? Is it wrong to find that show funnier and more romantic?
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
The film is stuffed with these idiosyncratic micro-roles (I loved Siobhan Fallon Hogan as the bondsman's secretary), which prove more diverting than the two main characters.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
...plays less like a genuine story than as a series of 'beats' engineered for the cheapest possible audience responses.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Even considered as no more than an assembly-line Hollywood product, The Bounty Hunter falls well below factory standards.
David Denby - New Yorker
I stared with glazed eyes at The Bounty Hunter. Here is a film with no need to exist.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This genre has devolved to the point where what I appreciate most, in the end, is simply not cringing.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Inexplicably, Butler continues to get work in romantic comedies despite his limited range and boorish persona.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Tennant aims for a contemporary version of The Thin Man, wedding the banter of sparring spouses with sleuth work. To say that he falls short of the mark is understatement.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Aniston isn't the world's greatest actress, but the main reason The Bounty Hunter stinks is the script.
Kara Nesvig - Minneapolis Star Tribune
As formula films go, The Bounty Hunter is more enjoyable than most, even if it packs in as many cliches as any.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Richard Kuipers - Variety
Alissa Simon - Variety
There are no rewards to be claimed for enduring The Bounty Hunter.
Justin Chang - Variety
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Someday, The Bounty Hunter and last month's Cop Out will be featured in a cable movie double bill as the two worst 1988 films of 2010.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Aniston doesn't bring her old A-game to this. But at least she's not quiet and reserved and no-energy, her approach to too many roles of late.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
There are two parallel stories: Milo's and Nicole's on-again, off-again relationship, and those guys with guns who keep shooting at them. We know exactly how the first one is going to end and we don't care about the second.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The story of a bail enforcer who captures his newspaper-reporter ex-wife manages to be both formulaic and patchwork, with whatever twinkles that exist between the stars eclipsed by the overall crudeness.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The putrid result never rises even to the lofty heights of mediocrity.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Silliness prevails in this lame thriller comedy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The Bounty Hunter has little to offer besides some face-time with handsome stars.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Note to Jennifer Aniston: stop playing with your hair! That's not acting, it's playing with your hair.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
When it comes to Aniston, maybe it's simply time to settle and stop asking her to be The Good Girl anymore -- perky just might be as good as it gets.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
If only the filmmakers could have made it less tedious and more entertaining, then we might have actually cared about the characters. In the end, "The Bounty Hunter" is a forgettable film that offers no reward.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
It's one thing for the leads to not share believable romantic chemistry, and then there's the rather sad and lazy display Aniston and Butler put on here, not even striking believable negative vibes as a divorced couple.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
- Austin Chronicle
- AV Club
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
- Urban Cinefile
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Chuck Bowen - Slant Magazine
- Screen International
Frank Hatherley - Screen International
Dave White - Movies.com
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
As a lousy mystery and lousier romantic comedy, The Bounty Hunter is two bad films in one.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
An expensive, low-rent, overlong, tired romantic action-comedy.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The Bounty Hunter has what is arguably the most awful 'meet-cute' in the history of cinema.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The Bounty Hunter makes The Ugly Truth look like the right stuff.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Film koji se mo%u017Ee usporediti s Giglijem, holivudskim gnojivom koje i dan danas izaziva traume kod filmofila
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
This awkward hybrid of action comedy and romantic comedy was hatched in the marketing department, not conceived by storytellers.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's becoming increasingly clear that Gerard Butler should probably stay as far away from the romcom genre as possible...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Bounty Hunter has already been done before and better. It was called Midnight Run.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
I don't just hand out zeroes becuase I'm having a bad day. I really tried to like this movie. But it's one of the most boring, awful films so far in 2010.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Aniston's comic gifts haven't deserted her, but her judgment may have.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The Bounty Hunter is the rom-com equivalent of magnolia paint. Bland, bland, bland.
The Bounty Hunter is supposed to be a romantic comedy-action movie hybrid - Hepburn and Tracy in Midnight Run - but it fails all genre requirements.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
There isn't a surprise to be had. There isn't a moment that isn't telegraphed. There isn't a time when you couldn't toss some tea leaves and, regardless of your skills in that specialized area, know exactly what's coming next.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The movie breaks out the usual cliches of the genre ... There is absolutely no chemistry on screen between Butler and Aniston, and the movie is utterly forgettable
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It's a little sad that in 2010 we still have dated films like this, but some movies are just 'critic proof' comfort food. You know exactly what you are going to get and that's what you pay for.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Hunter shoots and misses.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Lots of hammy faces, hollow jokes and property damage do not a farce make
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The woeful shell of a romantic comedy, a motionless movie which shows no attempt to do anything but point a camera at shapely Aniston.
Ben McEachen - Sunday Times (Australia)
Finally we get a movie with the Jennifer Aniston we knew and loved on "Friends." This movie is about Rachel Green ten years later.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
There's so little chemistry between the two, they might as well have cast Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox and had done with it.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Did no one notice this thing was lying on the floor like a landed fish while they were making the film?
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Given the amount of Botox on display, would a little Viagra have hurt?
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
You know it's bad when a caper comedy makes you long for the Goldie Hawn-Chevy Chase showcases of yore...
Lisa Rosman - Time Out
Almost unimaginably, the mystery surrounding Aniston's bail-jumping is even more poorly manufactured than the 'romance' and the 'comedy'...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Another largely forgettable, factory-line girl-falling-out-with-then-making-up-with-boy vehicle.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
The sad thing is good romantic comedies are on the endangered species list. The Bounty Hunter proves the point.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
The lame finale makes a TV crime show look like something construed by Stephen Hawking. If Hawking could explain why this waste of time was ever greenlit, we might find a reason to understand the universe once again.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
I'm actually yawning as I type this.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
I like Jennifer Aniston, but heaven knows what attracted her to this junk.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Not so much a comedy thriller as a case of arrested development.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
With fellow rom-com queen Sandra Bullock taking up Oscar-winning serious acting, it's nice to know Aniston is not giving up her crown anytime soon.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
There cannot be many of these back-of-the-envelope-cutesy ideas for rom-coms left.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The romantic pairing of brawny Gerard Butler and wispy Jennifer Aniston is a sight for sore eyes but makes for sore brains long before the end of Andy Tennant's rom-com.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
The blend of romantic comedy and road movie is an awkward match, and isn't helped by a stodgy script and the fact that Butler has little in the way of comic timing.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
The Bounty Hunter fails to locate any laughs or charm over two punishing hours as its chemistry-free leads, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, mug their way through two of the worst performances they've ever given.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The perfect watch if you don't fancy a challenge. Any sort of challenge at all.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Neither explosive enough for lovers of action, soppy enough for those who want romance, or funny enough for comedy fans, this is a film that inhabits some kind of movie limbo.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Neither the former sitcom star nor the washboard-abed Scotsman is served well here.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
How could anyone not be interested in a film combining the talents of the auteur of "Hitch " and "Fool's Gold," the author of "Twisted" and two stars who couldn't generate anything resembling chemistry if they were working in a meth lab?
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
A great time killer for anybody who needs help being bored.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
'The Bounty Hunter' is a fast-paced, action-packed romantic comedy. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it, especially after seeing those underwhelming previews.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cynically conceived, unfunny, non-romantic sludge.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
a tedious slog through tidy coincidences
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Overstays its welcome and ends up as one of the most unfunny, vapid and nauseatingly convoluted romcoms in recent memory. The lively supporting cast at least helps to keep you briefly awake.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The Bounty Hunter's trailer covers everything you need to know about the movie.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Time-frittering, money-wasting trifle. Bail on this obnoxious odd couple.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
[A] boring, overlong mess.
Catherine Bray - Film4
This appallingly unfunny rom-com is a crime against comedy. Lock it up and throw away the key.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Death, taxes, Gerard Butler. Wish them away all you like: still they befall us.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Even worse than the trailers make it look...
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If you've seen the trailer, you already know more or less everything that occurs, complexity not being one of the film's strengths.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Send Hollywood a message, and do not see this film.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
- National Post
Even by the low standards of today's romantic comedy, this is a black mark on everyone's resume.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
At points, the film sinks below the level of competent: A stupid plot trick early on is so badly edited that it takes another minute to figure out what's supposed to be going on.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The Bounty Hunter works as a just-fun-enough action-comedy that is exactly the movie you think it is.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Maybe the two are doing the horizontal mambo in real life, but the heat doesn't come through on screen (and I don't think they are good enough actors to hide it).
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
More remarkable for the glistening sex appeal of the leading actors than anything found in the excruciatingly labored script, Bounty Hunter is an empty calorie, brain dead waste of time.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
This week's entry in the neverending circle of watered-down, mid-range, completely unmemorable Hollywood comedies.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
The Bounty Hunter is a good concept gone horrifically wrong. There are maybe three laughs in this unnecessarily complicated comedy that almost runs two hours.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
I hated this movie. It's lazy, it's annoying, and it lasts a lifetime at 110 minutes.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
The film, co-starring big hunk of man-candy Gerard Butler and a notably bronzed and toned Jennifer Aniston, is depressingly programmatic, however easy on the eyes these two stars might be.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
When I go to a movie, I take notes about things that interest me or that I like or that stick out. So it's not a good sign that I emerged from The Bounty Hunter with almost nothing written in my notebook.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There are lots of scenic shots of Atlantic City. The movie satisfies audience expectations of fun and laughter, making for an enjoyable date night outing.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A so-so movie that confuses loving closeups of Aniston's golden highlights with a character, and stripped-to-the-six-pack shots of Butler with a plot.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Piles on distraction after pointless distraction of subplot in an attempt to divert attention away from how formulaic and predictable the main plot is.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
As a romantic comedy, it is ceaselessly unpleasant enough to make anyone consider the allure of living the rest of his or her days in asexual solitude.
Gerard Butler once again demonstrates that his comedic instincts are roughly on par with those of a great white shark.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
I didn't think I'd see a romantic comedy this year as deadly as Did You Hear About the Morgans?, but Bounty Hunter proved me wrong.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Is Aniston impervious to good scripts? Corny, predictable story, no chemistry between the stars and Aniston hides her face with her hair.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The story is a poorly conceived comedic thriller that, frankly, no one could have saved.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
The Bounty Hunter marks a new low and a new genre: the bail-bondage rom-com.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
Strictly by-the-numbers, cookie-cutter, Hollywood production-line crap barely worthy of a legitimate theatrical release.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Averagely routine, routinely average romcom.
This is premium-grade convoluted Hollywood rubbish.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
A real dog...another in the apparently endless stream of rotten road-movie rom-coms being cranked out by Hollywood.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
There'll be worse films released in 2010 -- but not many.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Stereotypes and minor violence arrest this dull rom-com.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
If Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler are indeed a real-life couple, The Bounty Hunter may be designed to keep the paparazzi off their trail
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Despite several attempts at jokes and the stars' tremendous efforts to pull funny faces, the script fails miserably to entertain; most of the dialogue is tiresome bickering between our two leads.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
These two characters are so aggressively irritating and unlikable, the world would be better off with both of them behind bars.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
As cold and calculating as the heart of a Hollywood accountant, The Bounty Hunter is the caper comedy that keeps on taking.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Exacerbating the lack of chemistry between Aniston and Butler, for a movie that is represented as a romcom thriller, it is neither funny nor romantic nor thrilling.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
The story, like the movie, is pretty uninteresting and easily forgotten.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Butler...is stuck here playing kind of a jerk, so it's hard for him and Aniston to work up much chemistry, particularly as she's busy racing from the law in a pencil skirt and heels (easily the movie's most impressive stunt).
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A romantic comedy is built from the relationship of its leads, and all The Bounty Hunter has to work with are blank stares.
Jason Morgan - Filmcritic.com
After the appalling romantic comedies...that kicked off the year, "The Bounty Hunter" doesn't look so bad, but really, the best thing I can say about it is that it's serviceable.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A battle of the sexes comedy that is ludicrous and scattered.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Based on the onscreen evidence, not a single person in front of or behind the camera cared a whit about how The Bounty Hunter turned out.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Though no Lois Lane, Aniston's reporter on the run can claim an extreme sexpot mom (Christine Baranski) who has a thing or two to teach her about taming the male species. And expect lots of not especially kinky handcuffs.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Yes, it's every bit as brainless as the trailers suggest.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Perhaps tracking down the folks responsible for this film should be Milo's next assignment.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On the soundtrack, Jerry Reed sings "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." Viewers will know exactly the same feeling.
Brian Miller - L.A. Weekly
...an odd, timid movie, unsure of its actors and how to use them.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Butler and Aniston, earning zero laughs, can't even bicker with any heat; Jessica Simpson and John Mayer would see this (separately) and say, 'You call that resentment?'
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Aniston and Butler mysteriously rustle up just enough chemistry in this simplistic rom-com to make it enjoyable.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The better written role and, no surprise, the better performance, goes to Butler, who proves himself a fine comedian.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
This is that category of movie that exists to be perpetually playing on airplanes. When the pilot interrupts to tell you to look out the window you won't miss anything.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Disappointing, frequently dull and painfully unfunny romcom that's let down by a badly written script, obnoxious characters and a total lack of chemistry between Butler and Aniston.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A stark example of misbegotten chemistry and its resultant pitfalls.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It's slim pickings for discerning movie lovers and is never smart enough, sexy enough or funny enough to be memorable.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile