'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Dave White Movies.com
    50
    A movie that takes as long to move itself through its motions as the last Catholic Church wedding I attended.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    What saves The Five-Year Engagement from sheer tedium is the enormous likability of the large cast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    50
    It's just not quite funny enough to justify its length. Something is just off.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    20
    A movie about a five-year engagement should not seem like you were in the theater the entire five years.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Connie Ogle Miami Herald
    75
    It makes you laugh and eagerly wish for a happy ending without any preachy soul-searching.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Razak Flixist.com
    51
    The Five-Year Engagement is content with being funny, a little charming, and, in the end, shallow enough to be approachable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rich Heldenfels Akron Beacon Journal
    75
    Often funny, good in dramatic moments, but lacking consistently tight control of pace and scenes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    50
    There's a wonderful 90-minute romantic comedy here, but because Judd Apatow is one of the producers, it lumbers along for 124 minutes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
    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