'(500) Days of Summer' Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)92It's a Gen-Y Annie Hall made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for humanity instead of postmodern superiority.
A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)80
Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
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.
Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
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.
Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
The movie charmed me enough to send me out smiling, and I can see younger filmgoers taking it very much to heart.
Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
A romantic comedy that feels like real life.
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.
Cary Darling Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
This sweetly engaging trifle goes down as easy as cold lemonade on a hot afternoon.
Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
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.
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.
Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That's the reason 500 Days of Summer is so appealing.
Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
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.
J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
[A] visually witty, flawlessly played romantic comedy.
Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
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)
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.
Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
This is movie magic most unexpected.
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.
Alissa Simon Variety (Top Critic)
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.
Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
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.
Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
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.
Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
Falling in love or falling out? This film offers a helpful tonic for either condition.
Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.