The Five-Year Engagement Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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