'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Rob Humanick Projection Booth
    The strongest work yet in the Apatow pantheon; formula is largely shunned for something more raw and true to life.
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    50
    The wacky comedy is not enough to enjoy watching this crumbling relationship. I finally feel the Apatow length.
    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
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Mike Scott Times-Picayune
    80
    Most Apatow-produced movies are grown-up comedies. This one is a comedy for grown-ups.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    75
    May not have the same laugh-per-minute ratio of Jason Segel's previous films - or those of producer Judd Apatow, for that matter - yet it's a very charming, insightful picture that won me over.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    75
    It has solid ideas about what makes relationships work, and although it takes a little longer to squeeze all the juice out of them, they're worth the wait.
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  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    59
    I'll take this sort of imperfect over the impersonal, mechanical fare that so frequently succeeds in this genre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kimberly Gadette Doddle
    50
    In a nod to Segel's chef Tom, the film engages in the pasta theory of filmmaking: Throw enough starch against the wall, and something's bound to stick. Some appetizing bits, yes, but not enough.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    It's ultimately sheer, unreasonable overlength that triggers The Five-Year Engagement's lamentable downfall...
    Full Review » 2 years ago