'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The Five-Year Engagement originates with a pre-mythologized meet-cute and ends with Hollywood whimsy but insists on making the hurdles between as little like rom-com contrivance as the filmmakers can get away with.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    Halfway through you want to yell at the screen for them to run off to Las Vegas and just get it over with already; then again, it becomes increasingly difficult to root for them to stay together when they seem to be headed down such divergent paths.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    By the 90-minute mark, I was ready for a divorce, but based on the steady squeals of laughter around me at a preview screening, may have been in the minority.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    The dream partnership of Jason Segel and Nick Stoller gets dinged a bit in the frustratingly uneven The Five-Year Engagement. Luckily, the movie never runs on sitcom empty.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    Sometimes uneven and sometimes beyond gross, but more often it's funny, smart and different.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A little restraint would have gone a long way to making this a far funnier, fleeter affair.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    70
    It's a bit over-stuffed, but the narrative does come full-circle and successfully balances charming comedy gags grounded in a memorable and contemporary love story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristal Cooper We Got This Covered
    You'll definitely laugh and it's hard to resist the adorableness factor of Blunt and Segel.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Craig FoxNews.com
    60
    The Jason Segel-Emily Blunt romcom has a cold, standoffish first act but ultimately warms up, becoming a genuinely sweet romantic comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    A bit overlong, with a surprisingly moody middle act, but writer/actor Jason Segel and director/co-writer Nicholas Stoller continue to perfectly balance the laughs with the drama.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    75
    If it sounds melancholy, that's because it's very melancholy, but it's also very funny throughout...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Martin Roberts Fan The Fire
    80
    You could make a case for shearing a little baggage from the run time, but it's hard to complain too much because the laughs keep coming.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Charlie Lyne Ultra Culture
    Overlong and curiously (wait for it) unengaging.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    40
    Instead of being a 90-minute, three-act romantic comedy, this 124-minute plod almost begins to feel like a five-year term at its midpoint low.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    The Five-Year Engagement seems at times to have taken its title literally - it's way too long. But though the pace sometimes drags, Blunt and Segal are amiable companions and the lack of gross-out gags makes a refreshing change.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Kermode Observer [UK]
    Offers plenty of chuckles - although not enough to justify the middle-aged spread of its two-hour running time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Giles-Keddie Real.com
    40
    As endearing as Segel and Blunt are, The Five-Year Engagement feels ... five years of your life spent waiting for the inevitable, with not as many laughs along the way ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alex Zane Sun Online
    60
    A pleasant, if predictable, time-passer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    [F]eels about five years long. With an almost total lack of... conflict, it feels like it's spinning its narrative wheels... There simply never seems to be any reason why lovebirds Tom and Violet can't just get married already.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    80
    This is a grown-up rom-com that incredibly doesn't outstay its welcome despite a meaty runtime, because Blunt and Segel create charming characters who are easy to root for.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tara Brady Irish Times
    60
    Somewhere, buried in The Five-Year Engagement, is a sparkling screwball comedy fighting against a turntable running on long play.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Jenkins Little White Lies
    60
    It's not one that you'd need to see again and again, but it does leave a very sweet taste in the mouth.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Henry Fitzherbert Daily Express
    80
    It's honest, mature and insightful but also fun, silly and touchingly romantic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph
    40
    Segel and Stoller could - no, should have been bolder: their leading lady deserves it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    80
    It's corny, but it keeps us laughing all the way through while stirring in some genuinely sweet moments.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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