'(500) Days of Summer' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   11 reviews
87%
Rotten Tomatoes:   212 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    It's a Gen-Y Annie Hall made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for humanity instead of postmodern superiority.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Despite clever moments and Hornbyesque touches of melancholy, it's let down by sitcom cliches, and by being weirdly incurious about the inner life of its female lead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Finally, a romance that understands we mark our lives by our scrapes with love, and our defeats, rather than simply white-wedding-cake success.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie charmed me enough to send me out smiling, and I can see younger filmgoers taking it very much to heart.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    For all its ambitiousness, (500) Days of Summer feels synthetic and derivative, a movie that's popping with perceptions while searching for a style.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Cary Darling Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    80
    This sweetly engaging trifle goes down as easy as cold lemonade on a hot afternoon.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    100
    This movie has flighty warmth. It makes delirious use of one of Hall & Oates' boppiest tunes. It has a bluebird of happiness, for crying out loud.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    There's no real drama when the inner life of the female lead is so shrouded, even if that's the point.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That's the reason 500 Days of Summer is so appealing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The film gets by on a few funny lines...some playful split-screen imagery from first-time feature film director Marc Webb...and the real star of the picture, second-billed: Zooey Deschanel.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [A] visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    An engagingly breezy tale about a guy with a broken heart and the girl who broke it.
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  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    The film's postmodern path takes us through touching, tender, hilarious territory before winding up at the most beguiling part of any love story. The beginning.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    This is movie magic most unexpected.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Thanks to two wonderful, offbeat performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this movie has charm to spare. It looks you right in the eye and tells the truth.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Alissa Simon Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    It isn't Hugh and Andie or Meg and whomever, but (500) Days offers hope that Hollywood can pass that romance baton to somebody other than the crude crew of the Kappa Alpha Apatow frat house.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    Falling in love or falling out? This film offers a helpful tonic for either condition.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    92
    It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago