'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

94%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
64%
Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Jeff Meyers Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    59
    Blunt & Segel make a good team, and the jokes, especially in the first third of the film, are solid. But the movie runs too long, stretching its contrived and disconnected situations beyond their ability to generate laughs or pathos.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis Schmoes Know
    60
    It is a little overly ambitious and now that you mention it, reminds me of Funny People, it starts off as one thing and goes into all these different tones and you (taps wrist) come on guys people have lives to live.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shockya.com
    42
    Possesses the same nougaty center of ribaldry and sentimentality in which Judd Apatow specializes, but falls victim to a sagging hour-plus in its middle, plus an ending which feels less than genuine and more stamped for test-marketing approval.
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  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    42
    A bloated slog that isn't humorous or heartfelt enough to justify its existence.
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  • Tony Medley Tolucan Times
    70
    Blunt shines once again in this sweet love story,...a film of surprising depth, getting into the nitty gritty of a relationship that seems realistic, but it's far too long.
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  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    50
    The wacky comedy is not enough to enjoy watching this crumbling relationship. I finally feel the Apatow length.
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  • Kam Williams AALBC.com
    25
    Make it stop!
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  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
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  • Andrew Lapin NPR
    [It] feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are.
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  • Austin Chronicle
    70
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  • Louise Keller Urban Cinefile
    There's recognisable angst and hilarity in equal parts as the perfect life of the perfect couple becomes less than perfect
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  • Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press
    60
    Judd Apaptow also produced Drillbit Taylor and Year One, so don't get too aroused by that 'from the producer of Bridesmaids lead-in.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile
    Seriously funny and humorously serious, laughs and the odd squirm (to remind us of producer Judd Apatow's signature elements) provide plenty of entertainment
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  • Rob Hunter Film School Rejects
    50
    The Five-Year Engagement is a fun, intelligent 100-minute rom-com trapped in a two hour rough cut.
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  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    75
    A fun, entertaining picture, and another credit to Segel's rising career as a writer and star.
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  • Richard Roeper ReelzChannel.com
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  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    63
    Pauline Kael said of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairing, "He gave her class and she gave him sex." Blunt provides both the class AND the sex, but Segel brings enough easygoing charisma and sly wit to the table to make them a believable screen couple.
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  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    70
    Poignant and savvy, it delves into the dilemma of what happens when a romantic commitment is challenged by career choices.
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  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    50
    There might be a passable movie in here somewhere, but you would need to do a lot of editing to find it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Clint O'Connor Cleveland Plain Dealer
    59
    There are some good laughs in this protracted engagement story, but the pacing is all wrong and despite the charms of Emily Blunt, the film just runs out of gas.
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  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    80
    Apatow-produced comedy mixes romance, adult humor.
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  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    70
    The actors really carry this one on sheer force of charisma, as the movie, at over two hours long, is almost as self-indulgent as an actual wedding.
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  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    It's all about the writing, and it's definitely uneven in "The Five-Year Engagement".
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  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    After a while, we just want Tom and Violet to get married so the movie will be over.
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  • Dan Lybarger KC Active
    70
    Not so much a movie as it is a collection of future YouTube clips.
    Full Review » 2 years ago