'The Five-Year Engagement' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    It's all about the writing, and it's definitely uneven in "The Five-Year Engagement".
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Dan Lybarger KC Active
    70
    Not so much a movie as it is a collection of future YouTube clips.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    60
    This should have been a lot better.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    75
    Jason Segel soars in Judd Apatow comedy
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    A very funny movie with a complex heart.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    50
    It's just not quite funny enough to justify its length. Something is just off.
    Full Review » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 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 » 3 years ago
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