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Larry Crowne

Drama . Romance . Comedy

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Actors: Cedric the Entertainer , Bryan Cranston , Julia Roberts , Tom Hanks , Randall Park , Roxana Ortega , Sarah Mahoney , Nia Vardalos , George Takei , Taraji P. Henson , Pam Grier
Directors: Tom Hanks
Country: USA
Release: 2011-07-01
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  • Rene Rodriguez

    The film seems simple and facile at a glance, but these characters and their dilemmas stay with you. These days, any of us could suddenly be Larry Crowne.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    If you're looking for a movie you can take your parents or young children to without fear of embarrassment or the need for endless explanations, this is the one.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    It's simply an opportunity to spend time with characters who may lack depth but are fun to watch.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    This charmer about late middle-aged renaissance is pertinent for these times and a perfect summer comedy for grown-ups looking to escape robots and superheroes.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The pleasant surprises in Larry Crowne come from its side characters.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Breezy but forgettable.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Larry Crowne should not be mistaken for a masterpiece. It is summer entertainment: genial, undemanding, lightweight.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Too cute for its own good, Larry Crowne is nonetheless hard to dislike.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A perfectly pleasant but fluffy, inconsequential romantic comedy.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    This one coasts by on Hanks' immense appeal and charm, but more focus and a touch more sharpness are needed to make it really come alive.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    As a director, Hanks makes some nice choices (Larry Crowne lives in a very naturally integrated suburb, for one) but there's little in the film that doesn't feel made-for-TV.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The film is sometimes gentle to the point of blandness, but it's never flimsy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Next semester, the stars should drop Speech 217 and enroll in Chemistry 101 – they dearly need some.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    I had a migraine when I started watching Larry Crowne, and by the end, it went away. None of this quite adds up to a recommendation, but it's close. Very close.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's a light and breezy, recession-themed romantic comedy; "Up in the Air" without all the angst and introspection.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Larry Crowne isn't a movie for adults. It's a movie for adults who don't like things with screens and keyboards.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I'm not quite saying that the unabashed squareness and silliness of Larry Crowne are negatives. They're almost admirable in themselves, and certainly constitute a selling point. Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Inside this film, a poignant and personal story is struggling to get out. But it's couched in such awkward sentiments that it can't emerge.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The movie falls flat, playing like the best-cast bland romantic comedy you've ever seen.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The screenplay carries blandness to a point beyond tedium.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The story feels half-considered, the relationships thin, and the direction visually indifferent.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Every scene is on the prowl for laughs at the expense of the inherent drama in the lives of its colorful characters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the early scenes of Larry Crowne, Hanks' Larry is so assertively regular he almost comes off as a special-needs child - grinning into his coffee-cup in the big-box-store break room, he has all the sexual allure of Forrest Gump.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    It put-puts along like a moped in busy traffic, content to amble around but not go anywhere.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A rom-com fairy tale so tepid and well behaved that watching it feels like being stuck in traffic as giddy joy-riders in the opposite lane break the speed limit. You have little choice but to cool your heels and pretend that the parched crabgrass in the median is a field of flowers.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Edgeless, it takes a wistful, hopeful approach to heartbreak and job loss. That's sweet, but when it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's "The Company Men" or this year's "Everything Must Go" over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip.

    Time Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Though both lead actors are able to coast for a while on their natural charm, it's evident by the soppy finale that their "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Pretty Woman" salad days are long past.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    With its eager-to-please congeniality, it almost works, but with a pacing that is at once comfortably assured and frustratingly slack, like holding exactly to the speed limit on a stretch of open road, Larry Crowne never quite comes to life.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    This script - a collaboration between Hanks and Nia Vardalos, the writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - would need multiple punch-up sessions to attain mediocrity. Roberts and Hanks aren't just prevented from playing their A games; they're never even taken off the bench.

    Slate Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Larry Crowne is an inside-out movie, acceptable around the edges but hollow and shockingly unconvincing at its core. When that core is two of the biggest movie stars around - Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts - it's an especially dispiriting situation.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    There's some cute stuff involving Hanks and some teenagers who tool around campus on scooters, but an utter lack of chemistry between him and Roberts dooms the movie.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Congenial is the word for Larry Crowne, but it's as flat as an ironing board.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's the neediest movie of 2011, and one of the phoniest.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    At least Roberts has some star wattage to burn; her megawatt smile is the only thing that ultimately pierces, however faintly, the film's blinding schmaltz.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A slight, facile, and ultimately yawn worthy romantic comedy, and one of the most obvious if unexpected missteps in Hanks' career.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Movie stars may be less valued than they used to be, but it's still puzzling to see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stuck in a romantic comedy as flat-footed and tone deaf as Larry Crowne.

    Variety Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Larry Crowne is worryingly light on laughs, yet it never dares to worry too much about the plight of its central figure. [11 & 18 July 2011, p.100]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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