'Hitch' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
69%
Rotten Tomatoes:   187 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    It makes nerds and studs alike so noble that it turns the chase into a neutered game.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    An average romantic comedy, starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes, that is as soft and sweet as a marshmallow, and about as interesting.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Director Andy Tennant is actor-friendly throughout, giving his performers (including a sweet turn by Julie Ann Emery as Mendes' best friend) a chance to breathe in their roles.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Sean Daly Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Forget about the predictable twists: Hitch works best when it's a buddy comedy, with Smith and James having a blast as smooth Yoda and jiggly Jedi.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    You know what's being fed to you and yet you slurp it down just the same.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Every so often you simply want a movie set in movie-land, featuring attractive people saying things that, if not witty, at least don't need a laugh track to prop them up, and you want it to play fair within the context of its tiny universe.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A rare studio product that earns the goodwill it smugly demands.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    From the very opening, when Hitch begins explaining to the camera that love sometimes needs an outside assist to get started, he owns the audience.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Here's hoping this first romantic comedy won't be his last. Or the best.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    How reassuring to realize that happy surprises are still possible. Hitch is one of the happiest.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Manages time and again to deliver familiar notes that it then jazzes up.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    The premise is intriguing, and for a time it seems that the Date Doctor may indeed know things about women that most men in the movies are not allowed to know, but the third act goes on autopilot just when the Doctor should be in.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It's an equal-opportunity fizzle.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    For women, it purveys the dream that men really, really care about what they think. For men, it holds out the fantasy that babes are attracted to geeky men who really, really care about what they think. What's not to like?
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    This is the sort of role Smith carries off effortlessly, a decent, level-headed all-American guy who's more sensitive than his imposing physique might suggest.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Smith, of course, is so cool he can afford to pretend to be uncool; but what really works for him here is the interplay with James, whose inner-wild-man dance moves alone are worth the price of admission.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Not so much movie as antidote -- to the cynicism that's rampant in most Hollywood romantic comedies.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    I didn't expect much from Hitch and, not surprisingly, I didn't get much -- but I was entranced by the film nonetheless, from a historical perspective.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    To enjoy this film, it helps to check your brain at the box office.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a good script, packed with knowing zingers about the game of love.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Will Smith has always had an easy time grabbing the spotlight.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The movie's last two minutes, in which they all do goofy dances and have no dialogue or script to get in their way, is easily the highlight. It's the previous 113 minutes of plot that cause problems.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Looks like another love TKO.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Even though a little less Hitch might have been a better thing, the Fresh Prince keeps the proceedings from becoming too stale.
    Full Review » 10 years ago