'Larry Crowne' reviews: Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, not the dream team you might imagine

larry-crowne.jpgAs Hollywood icons go, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are two of the biggest, alive and working today. So one would think that if they were to collaborate on a project, it would be worth seeing.

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?
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