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A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

Actors: Bradley Cooper , Emma Stone , Rachel McAdams , John Krasinski , Bill Murray , Alec Baldwin , Danny McBride , Danielle Rose Russell , Edi Gathegi , Jaeden Lieberher
Directors: Cameron Crowe
Country: USA
Release: 2015-05-29
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  • Richard Roeper

    There ARE times when Aloha doesn’t work — and yet I’m recommending it for its sometimes loony sense of wonder, its trippy spirituality, its brilliant cast and because I seem to be a sap for even the Cameron Crowe movies almost nobody else likes.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Even with its off-balance, overstuffed storytelling, the film maintains a charm and energy that never flags, with brisk pacing and generally engaging performances from its deep-bench cast.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Yes, Aloha is a mess. But messes can be fascinating, and there’s a lot of tenderness and beauty and heartbreak here, too.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Crowe is deft at keeping the various plots spinning, but there are too many of them, and they don’t intersect pleasingly.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Perhaps the energy Crowe could have expended on shaping believable characters went instead to the cultural context.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The film arrives with both too much and too little to say. It comes at us in choppy bursts of brilliance and dopiness. That is at once its great charm and its great curse.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It gives me no pleasure to report that Aloha is still a mess, a handful of stories struggling for a unifying tone.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Aloha shows how far a movie can go on charm alone.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    What's really offensive, to Hawaiians and mainlanders alike, is that after more than 50 years Hollywood can't make a better Hawaii movie than Elvis did. At least he could sing.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Aloha is Crowe's worst film-to-date, eclipsing "Elizabethtown" for that distinction and raising questions about whether the director has lost his touch (á là Rob Reiner).

    ReelViews Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Aloha has too much story and yet not quite enough, and its rhythms are rushed and pokey. It skips like a record playing in the bed of a pickup truck.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The setting and offbeat tone may remind some viewers of another recent comedy, but whereas “The Descendants” was a substantive meal, Aloha is a pu pu platter.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    After a while, the film's sing-a-song-for-the-world vibe, so buoyantly optimistic at first, becomes grating and smug.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Despite a blue-chip cast, Aloha is just frustrating. It can barely tell its story straight, and Crowe's attempt to get back to the days of "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous" is bittersweet in ways unrelated to the narrative's seriocomic vein.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Aloha is bittersweet overkill. Familiar and unwieldy, the dramedy is one long, sustained and ultimately overwrought note of happy/sad wistfulness that loops itself into an echo of strained feedback.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It happens. Really talented directors sometimes step into the batter’s box, take a gigantic swing, and whiff.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    A forced and often cloying romantic comedy-drama with a strong, Bradley Cooper-led cast and an enticing Hawaiian setting but a bewildering mishmash of plot threads and themes.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Aloha isn’t horrible, but it does have a pitiable odor about it, like a dog that’s sat too long on the beach. Crowe aspires to Golden Age of Hollywood repartee, but something feels off, just as it did in “Elizabethtown” (2005) and “We Bought a Zoo” (2011). Everyone just seems to be trying too hard.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    All three sides of the love triangle are appealing, and the movie as a whole might have been winning if it weren’t for the absurdist style that was clearly dear to the filmmaker’s heart. Sometimes Aloha reminded me of John Huston’s cheerfully unfathomable “Beat the Devil.” More often than not, though, it left me yearning for simplicity and sweet clarity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    The film is cut together with the haphazard feel of a posthumously completed record, its ungainly structure a macrocosm of the awkwardness with which the individual scenes are Frankensteined together into a lumbering monster built from close-ups and music cues.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Whatever Crowe’s ambitions, Aloha feels like a tropical transplant of past work, and an unfortunate demonstration of the law of diminishing returns.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Unbalanced, unwieldy, and at times nearly unintelligible, Aloha is unquestionably Cameron Crowe’s worst film.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    With the screenplay’s strained whimsy and pathos, not to mention its unpersuasive, at times incoherent musings on the politics of space exploration, Crowe squanders the star power at hand.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Crowe can be a great storyteller, a terrific director whose characters make us believe in them and in what they're doing. That doesn't happen in Aloha, which famously means hello and goodbye. Stick with the latter definition here.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    As it stands now, Aloha feels like several films at once, crammed together and sped up, with results that are emotionally hollow and narratively confusing. Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Aloha is a marshmallow of a film: soft on the inside, soft on the outside and wholly devoid of substance.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Aloha is as generic as its title. The islands exist solely as an exotic backdrop for the pretty Hollywood haoles to play in. Business as usual, and I never thought I’d say that about a Cameron Crowe movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The performances are passable, save for Murray — who goes ham, and Alec Baldwin, as a general who goes comically nuclear. He at least leaves an impression.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The film alternates between shoving its confusing plot forward and dropping dialogue bombs that fizzle.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Whimsy's hard, honestly motivated romance is harder, and when you get both of those things wrong in the same movie, the result is almost too much to take.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Greg Cwik

    Equally hobbled by an amateurish script and vaguely defined characters, the movie's long list of mediocrities have an anonymous quality, as though the director has been completely reborn as a hack.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    From “Vanilla Sky” onward, unfortunately, Crowe seems to have been stricken with some form of tone-deafness that curdles quirky into shrill.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    The entire movie has a creepy aura of self-consciousness. In addition to the aforementioned definitions of aloha, the word also doubles as a coming-and-going greeting in the Hawaiian vernacular. Here, it regrettably signifies the possible goodbye to a once-promising career of a filmmaker who had us at hello.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Cameron Crowe writes movies like he's calling us in eighth grade with his heart on fire.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    All Crowe's movie has going for it is casting, a lineup of favored actors wasted in a screenplay unsure of what it wants to be. Aloha is by turns a love quadrangle that never materializes, an ode to Hawaiian sovereignty, an opposites-attract cliche and an outer-space weapons caper, all of which is clumsily executed.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Somewhere on the incoherent pu pu platter that is Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, a nifty romantic comedy congeals and shrivels, inexplicably untouched.

    Washington Post Full Review
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