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Sweet November

Romance . Drama

Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later that day she tracks him down. One thing leads to another and Nelson ends up living with her through a November that will change his life forever.

Actors: Jason Kravits , Liam Aiken , Robert Joy , Frank Langella , Michael Rosenbaum , Lauren Graham , Greg Germann , Jason Isaacs , Charlize Theron , Keanu Reeves
Directors: Pat O'Connor
Country: USA
Release: 2001-02-16
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  • Mick LaSalle

    Neither a masterpiece nor a remake of one, but its wistfulness is infectious, and its melancholy mood lingers for days.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Anyone in the market for a bittersweet romantic comedy could do worse.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The sweetest thing about Sweet November (a remake of the 1968 movie) is the on-screen magic between Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves. But that's pretty much where the magic ends.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    If the movie works on its own insipid level, it's because of high-gear star power -- 50 times the captivator Dennis ever was, Theron is terrific at creating adorable intimacy with little help from the script or director and exudes more guileless élan than any of the film's many puppies.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    He's (Reeves) not as good as he was playing a menacing Georgia wife-beater in The Gift, but he's an awfully convincing jerk.

    Slate Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    It's classic movie manipulation gone amok.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Does neither of its leads any favors. But they fill their roles admirably, and then some. Time and again, in a movie that repeatedly threatens mawkishness, you can sense them gently steering away just in the nick of time. Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A contrived but entirely workable premise is given a well-tooled treatment in Sweet November, a femme-slanted doomed romance with a heavily calculated feel to it.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    It's all corny and contrived and usually sensitive. The filmmakers even dare to show the effects of illness--a subject frequently glamorized to the point of being insulting--in a love scene of rare honesty.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    If Sweet November were a puppy, it would have rabies.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    November is when we eat turkey, and Sweet November is pretty much a fat, juicy gobbler passed off as Valentine's Day date bait.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kevin Maynard

    This is one of those movies in which there are only two types of people: officious yuppie pricks, and the beautiful folks who stop and smell the daisies. What keeps it (barely) from being completely intolerable is Keanu Reeves' hilariously awful lead performance.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This whimsical weeper gets off to an awkward start and never finds its footing.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    Charlize Theron has charm and skill, but no actress could survive this role, which has the gravity and verisimilitude of a sketch from a late-sixties Nancy Sinatra TV special. Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    A film that means to be seductive but merely progresses from the contrived to the manipulative.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Passes off pathological behavior as romantic bliss. It's about two sick and twisted people playing mind games and calling it love.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Curtis Morgan

    The enigma of Reeves, sort of a human black hole on screen, works well in "The Matrix" but it drains the life from weepy romance.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    A hellacious stew of romance and tragedy that gives the words "screwball" and "pathos" a bad name.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A very low grade romantic drama indeed, a love story with all the life and death intensity of a heat rash.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Get out your handkerchiefs. No, scratch that -- get out a pair of windshield wipers and staple them to your brow. Perhaps they'll obscure the screen.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    This feeble remake offers little more than two pretty and willing leads who nonetheless can't hide their embarrassment over being set up as distractions to hide the film's thorough lack of coherence and appeal.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Beware all male viewers who enter here, you are in chick-movie hell.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    It could be said that Reeves is one of the great manifestations of the mysteriousness of stardom. He gives the worst performance in Sweet November, and he's the best thing about it.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The film's last half-hour -- or do I mean its final two weeks? -- is meant to keep the audience sniffling and sobbing uncontrollably, but the only thing likely to elicit tears is the sight of Mr. Reeves dressed in a white dinner jacket crooning "Time After Time."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    A front-end collision of a romance.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Shamelessly manipulative in a crude, bullying way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    It's a small film, and a far from perfect one, but it allows her (Theron) to extend her range as no previous role has done.

    Boston Globe Full Review
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