“This Is A Stolid Piece Far From The Good Film That It Could Have Been.”
“Fun In The Apatow Way”
A lively, original, and scattershot-hilarious ramble of a Judd Apatow production.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
"The Five-Year Engagement" dutifully hits the marks of its genre, but it is also about the unpredictability of life and the everyday challenges of love. The sensitivity and honesty with which it addresses those matters is a pleasant surprise.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It brings a light touch to modern romance, and the fact that commitment phobia, so long a male prerogative, is now being claimed by women.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
There are funny scenarios and sweet moments, but not nearly enough in this screenplay co-written by Segel and director Nicholas Stoller.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
I liked "The Five-Year Engagement," and then I didn't, and then I did - which seems just about right for a movie dedicated to examining how even the purest affections can be fatally derailed.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Between that opening proposal and the film's title, you know exactly what's going to happen, and the result is a comedy-drama almost completely free of dramatic tension.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Much like the doughnuts that Violet uses in a research experiment: stale and not good for you.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Blunt has never been more relaxed, and she and Segel have a believably warm chemistry.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Sometime around what I guessed to be the one-hour mark in "The Five-Year Engagement," I checked my watch and honestly thought the battery had given out.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
This is the smartest, most likable such film I've seen in years, even if you might think it does need to have its mouth washed out with soap.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
A charming, funny, reactionary mating comedy from the Judd Apatow factory...
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
An exemplary modern romantic comedy, personal and symbolic, goofy and substantial, tightly imagined yet loosely strung, wise in bewilderment.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
Like Apatow's "Funny People," the film is an intentional hybrid: half gag comedy, half open-ended exploration of everything that can go wrong -- and occasionally right -- between two people whom nature, if not society, means to be together.
David Denby - New Yorker
I really like this film, loose flaps, protracted finale and all.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This story of a promising sous chef who sacrifices his career in San Francisco to follow his girlfriend to Ann Arbor delivers a steady stream of character laughs, along with a rigidly formulaic plot.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Between the jokes about drinking mead out of deer hoofs, about tiny tykes armed with crossbows, about meeting cute in a bunny suit and a Princess Di getup, there's serious stuff to consider.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's a very good movie. If a tough editor trimmed it from 124 minutes to 90, it would be wonderful.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Five-Year Engagement" doesn't always work - some of the supporting characters' storylines feel clipped, and the improvised bits could afford to be tightened - but the trip to the altar pays off.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Segel is a warm-and-fuzzy presence in everything he's in, and Blunt is delightful. Some bits are funny, some vulgar, some sweet.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
While Segel and Blunt make likable enough leads, the strain is visible as the filmmakers try to make comedic hay out of disconnected segments, contrived situations and tangential characters.
John Anderson - Variety
This seems like another breakthrough for Blunt, who demonstrates an ample gift for physical comedy. She and Segel make an inspired team.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Engagement gets the most important thing right, which is the lead casting: Segel and Blunt are completely convincing as Tom and Violet, star-crossed lovers. They really do care for each other, but life seems to be conspiring against them.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Feels more like the raw feed than the final edit, and seems to run as long as the time span promised in the title.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's too bad The Five-Year Engagement's overlong, conventional last third squanders the goodwill built up in that sharply observed middle section.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Some of the comedic material provokes laughter and some doesn't, but nearly all of it feels wrong. It's as if the jokes have been shoehorned into the movie because it was deemed too dramatic.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The Five-Year Engagement originates with a pre-mythologized meet-cute and ends with Hollywood whimsy but insists on making the hurdles between as little like rom-com contrivance as the filmmakers can get away with.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Halfway through you want to yell at the screen for them to run off to Las Vegas and just get it over with already; then again, it becomes increasingly difficult to root for them to stay together when they seem to be headed down such divergent paths.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
By the 90-minute mark, I was ready for a divorce, but based on the steady squeals of laughter around me at a preview screening, may have been in the minority.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The dream partnership of Jason Segel and Nick Stoller gets dinged a bit in the frustratingly uneven The Five-Year Engagement. Luckily, the movie never runs on sitcom empty.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Sometimes uneven and sometimes beyond gross, but more often it's funny, smart and different.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
A little restraint would have gone a long way to making this a far funnier, fleeter affair.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
It's a bit over-stuffed, but the narrative does come full-circle and successfully balances charming comedy gags grounded in a memorable and contemporary love story.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
You'll definitely laugh and it's hard to resist the adorableness factor of Blunt and Segel.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
The Jason Segel-Emily Blunt romcom has a cold, standoffish first act but ultimately warms up, becoming a genuinely sweet romantic comedy.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
A bit overlong, with a surprisingly moody middle act, but writer/actor Jason Segel and director/co-writer Nicholas Stoller continue to perfectly balance the laughs with the drama.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
If it sounds melancholy, that's because it's very melancholy, but it's also very funny throughout...
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
You could make a case for shearing a little baggage from the run time, but it's hard to complain too much because the laughs keep coming.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Instead of being a 90-minute, three-act romantic comedy, this 124-minute plod almost begins to feel like a five-year term at its midpoint low.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The Five-Year Engagement seems at times to have taken its title literally - it's way too long. But though the pace sometimes drags, Blunt and Segal are amiable companions and the lack of gross-out gags makes a refreshing change.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Offers plenty of chuckles - although not enough to justify the middle-aged spread of its two-hour running time.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
As endearing as Segel and Blunt are, The Five-Year Engagement feels ... five years of your life spent waiting for the inevitable, with not as many laughs along the way ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Somewhere, buried in The Five-Year Engagement, is a sparkling screwball comedy fighting against a turntable running on long play.
Tara Brady - Irish Times
A pleasant, if predictable, time-passer.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
[F]eels about five years long. With an almost total lack of... conflict, it feels like it's spinning its narrative wheels... There simply never seems to be any reason why lovebirds Tom and Violet can't just get married already.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This is a grown-up rom-com that incredibly doesn't outstay its welcome despite a meaty runtime, because Blunt and Segel create charming characters who are easy to root for.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Cut away the flab, and there's probably an adorable hour-long movie in there.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
It's not one that you'd need to see again and again, but it does leave a very sweet taste in the mouth.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
It's honest, mature and insightful but also fun, silly and touchingly romantic.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Segel and Stoller could - no, should have been bolder: their leading lady deserves it.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph