'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Rafer Guzman Newsday
    50
    "The Five-Year Engagement" becomes two things: an accurate reflection of a new generation of postponement-prone 30-somethings, and a rather uninteresting story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    25
    A series of funny scenes and funny lines, but it doesn't all add up to a good, funny, solid, romantic movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sarah Sluis Film Journal International
    60
    A notch above the standard romantic comedy, The Five-Year Engagement gets points for its realistic premise and regular, if mild, laughs.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Barsanti PopMatters
    10
    ...suffers from the smug belief that a couple of affable stars can compensate for a lazy lack of purpose.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    67
    What keeps the film from seeming shrill is that Tom and Violet, despite everything, genuinely love each other, and their careers dilemma is not played for easy laughs.
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    80
    Apatow-produced comedy mixes romance, adult humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    It's all about the writing, and it's definitely uneven in "The Five-Year Engagement".
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    After a while, we just want Tom and Violet to get married so the movie will be over.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dan Lybarger KC Active
    70
    Not so much a movie as it is a collection of future YouTube clips.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin's Picks
    "The Five-Year Engagement" is a strikingly original comedy with serious undertones. It dares to take its time, as it covers an unusually long time period in a constantly-changing relationship.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jolene Mendez Entertainment Spectrum
    60
    In conclusion it's a cute story with some originality, but a little on the long side.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    60
    This should have been a lot better.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
    75
    Topping two hours, the movie runs a little long, which is typical of Judd Apatow productions. But there are many laughs to be had, and it's worth sticking it out until the end.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    A very funny movie with a complex heart.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    75
    Jason Segel soars in Judd Apatow comedy
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Schager Boxoffice Magazine
    40
    The post-proposal blues strike a crushingly bland couple in The Five-Year Engagement, a romantic comedy lacking in both of the genre's signature elements.
    Full Review » 2 years ago