Larry Crowne Reviews

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October 7, 2011
An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resums.
July 18, 2011
To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task.
July 8, 2011
...it's an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen personas of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts by Hanks himself, who directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Nia Vardalos. You may recall that he produced her breakthrough film...
July 7, 2011
Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.
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July 6, 2011
Even if you wander into this congealed mess with nothing more demanding in mind than to spend a little time with two charming favorites, do not expect Forrest Gump or Pretty Woman.
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July 5, 2011
Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.
July 5, 2011
When it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's The Company Men or this year's Everything Must Go over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.
July 4, 2011
The film is sometimes gentle to the point of blandness, but it's never flimsy.
July 2, 2011
It's about as close to real comedy as a cup of milky tea is to a real meal.
July 1, 2011
Neither the relationship of the two leads, nor any encounter between any of the film's other humans, seems to proceed according to the emotional or sociological customs of our culture.
July 1, 2011
Larry Crowne doesn't come close to providing the rom-com satisfactions of films attached to the names Hanks and Roberts, or writer Nia Vardalos for that matter.
July 1, 2011
This is film as comfort food, and even if it has very little nutritional value, its pleasantly bland texture will help keep you occupied until your next job interview or layoff notice.
July 1, 2011
Next semester, the stars should drop Speech 217 and enroll in Chemistry 101 -- they dearly need some.
July 1, 2011
It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.
July 1, 2011
Corny beyond belief, but a welcome relief from a summer filled with CGI, 3-D and sequels. The two leads are enormously charming.
July 1, 2011
The screenplay misses a good few tricks and the direction frequently renders scenes too long, taking positively ages to wrap things up.
July 1, 2011
You wonder who thought any of this was funny.
July 1, 2011
The real reason to watch this modestly charming, featherweight bauble is the chemistry between Hanks and Roberts, beloved superstars who make a beautiful pair.
July 1, 2011
As romantic comedies go, "Larry Crowne" is neither swooningly romantic nor howlingly funny.
July 1, 2011
If you're looking for a movie you can take your parents or young children to without fear of embarrassment or the need for endless explanations, this is the one.
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