'Larry Crowne' reviews: Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, not the dream team you might imagine
Well, the critics have spoken, and the general consensus seems to be that duo missed the mark with "Larry Crowne." The Hanks-directed romantic comedy only has a 41 (out of 100) and 37% on review aggregates Metacritic and RottenTomatoes, respectively, the morning of the release.
So what's wrong with the film? Here's a look at some of the least-flattering assessments:
"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." -- Justin Chang, Variety
"Larry Crowne is a painful and embarrassing experiment in light-hearted comedy. This ridiculous disaster tries so hard to be funny and falls so violently flat to the floor that you almost want to give it a hug as the credits roll."
-- Daniel Walber, indieWIRE/Spout
"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."
-- Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The screenplay carries blandness to a point beyond tedium."
-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Dissuaded by bad press -- or will you still be spending your 4th of July weekend with Larry?