'Be Kind Rewind' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   19 reviews
66%
Rotten Tomatoes:   127 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Be Kind Rewind is, on one level, about the magic that can happen in fairy tales -- and only in fairy tales -- when enough people who like the good old ways band together to keep things simple yet cunning.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    It's inviting, undemanding and altogether wonderful. You'll want to see it again, or at least Swede it yourself.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Hollywood showbiz is about the now and the new, so there is something subversive about Gondry pitching his tent in the wasteground of obsolescence behind the gleaming edifice of modernity.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Gritten Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    A film that's sweet and well-intentioned, but with a heart where its brain should be.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Takes a clever concept and cobbles a weak story around it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jen Chaney Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Such a far-fetched shaggy-dog yarn borders on the patronizing. But Gondry's belief in community-based, handmade, DIY culture is infectious, and his cry against big-box homogenization (fewer choices, more copies) is a noble one.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    Rousingly bad moviemaking brings out some of Gondry's most blissful.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A fragile, somewhat precious celebration of DIY filmmaking and cult-film consumption.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Gondry might think he's parodying dumb comedies in which poor people rally to save beloved institutions from foreclosure -- but too often Be Kind Rewind just resembles them.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Most of Be Kind Rewind feels as silly and undisciplined as the mini-movies cooked up by its hapless heroes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    I felt positive and genial while watching it, but I didn't break out in paroxysms of laughter. It's the kind of amusing film you can wait to see on DVD. I wonder if it will come out on VHS?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Be Kind Rewind may exist in a hazy, dreamy time warp, but its artistic impulses are strictly YouTube.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    One wants to protect this, but it's hard not to gag on the cuteness.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    A celebration of the DIY aesthetic, and of the universal appeal of movies, Be Kind Rewind is a charmingly off-the-wall little tale.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A feel-good film with a gentle comic spirit, a sweet affection for its gallery of silly characters and a sincere love for the process of moviemaking.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    There's an undeniable sense of wonder to Be Kind Rewind, a belief in both the beauty of the creative process and the magic within all men. It's an unabashed ode to common potential; it's also a lot of fun to watch.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Perhaps Gondry realized the sum wasn't going to be greater than its parts and just left it at this: two halves, one more intriguing than the other, that don't add up to a coherent whole.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Gondry would seem to have intended Be Kind Rewind more as a generous, sweet-tempered comic fable. But the souffle never rises.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A surprisingly sweet comedy showcasing a manic Jack Black.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    If it isn't up to his Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it at least has Jack Black and Mos Def around for laughs.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Long before the movie ends, it slips right off the sprockets.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    It's a joyless ode to joy, it's a leaden salute to the silver screen, it's a painful testament to filmic pleasures. Be kind, and don't even begin to rewind.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    It's hard to get too cranky about a movie that, at heart, is a tribute to the joy of making things with your friends.
    Full Review » 7 years ago