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New York Times:
<em(500) Days of Summer ffinds just the right scale and tone, neither trivializing nor melodramatically overstating the delicate feelings it explores.
Wall Street Journal:
For all its ambitiousness, (500) Days of Summer feels synthetic and derivative, a movie that's popping with perceptions while searching for a style.
A fresh July breeze among recent (and mostly stale) romantic-comedy offerings.
It goes down smoothly, thanks in large part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grounded lead performance and Marc Webb's slick direction, but it seems like every other scene coughs up a dispiriting cliche.
The movie charmed me enough to send me out smiling, and I can see younger filmgoers taking it very much to heart.
The film gets by on a few funny lines...some playful split-screen imagery from first-time feature film director Marc Webb...and the real star of the picture, second-billed: Zooey Deschanel.
Christian Science Monitor:
What saves 500 Days from terminal shallowness are Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel, who are not the usual picture-perfect androids peopling these young-love idylls.
This movie has flighty warmth. It makes delirious use of one of Hall & Oates' boppiest tunes. It has a bluebird of happiness, for crying out loud.
It's a Gen-Y Annie Hall made by a new-style Wes Anderson who uses his cleverness for humanity instead of postmodern superiority.
It's very smooth and well done; Marc Webb clearly has a solid visual eye and natural sense of pacing.
This is a film that so respects love -- if it exists -- that it won't settle for imitations.
This is a romantic comedy that makes the concept of romantic comedies appealing again -- that reminds you how resonant and transporting they can be when they're done right.
It's a tale you've heard a million times before. But it's told in such a relatable, inventive way in 500 Days of Summer, it almost feels like the first time.
Forcedly cute, clumsily mechanical, overdetermined, and undernourished, this ostensibly soulful romance is a plastic void.
Even if (500) Days of Summer isn't truly great, it is great fun, from its fresh view of Los Angeles to its use of music to its charming leads.
New York Post:
It's the oldest bittersweet story in the book, of course, but music-video director Marc Webb approaches his feature debut with great confidence, flair and a minimum of schmaltz.
New York Observer:
Thanks to two wonderful, offbeat performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this movie has charm to spare. It looks you right in the eye and tells the truth.
It isn't Hugh and Andie or Meg and whomever, but (500) Days offers hope that Hollywood can pass that romance baton to somebody other than the crude crew of the Kappa Alpha Apatow frat house.
[Director] Webb treats his characters and his audience with respect. The result is something worth savoring regardless of the season in which it is seen.
In romance, we believe what we want to believe. That's the reason 500 Days of Summer is so appealing.
The ending is tidy and way too cute, but (500) Days is otherwise a different kind of love story: an honest one that takes a piece out of you.
Everything that's wrong, on the surface, with (500) Days of Summer pales in light of everything that's going on beneath its surface.
If only some sharp-eyed script editor had run 500 Days through the de-sappifying machine, it could have been the first great romantic comedy of 2009.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The film's postmodern path takes us through touching, tender, hilarious territory before winding up at the most beguiling part of any love story. The beginning.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The swooningly romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer is a movie that will be discovered, embraced and shared with friends like a favorite record album.
Globe and Mail:
The movie suffers at times from a surfeit of adorableness in its two leads, as well as clumsy voiceover narration and a general sense that the subsidiary characters have about as much edge as plush toys.
Falling in love or falling out? This film offers a helpful tonic for either condition.
I guess maybe I'm not Tom but Summer. I like your looks, and heaven knows I appreciate the energy you put into wooing me, but I don't want us to be a couple.
If it just misses being this generation's 'Annie Hall', it's still deliciously refreshing, sweet and fizzy. A sherbet dip of a movie.
Scratch any cynic and you'll find a romantic; scratch this movie's surface and you'll discover a typically tepid ode to pitter-pattering hearts dressed up in thrift-store chic and faux-edginess.
The New Republic:
Captures with such immediacy the elation and anxiety of new love, the tingle and the terror, the profound sense that you have never been more alive and the occasional wish that you could die on the spot.
Much like Annie Hall did for a previous generation, (500) Days of Summer may be the movie that best captures a contemporary romantic sensibility.
Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
What is unexpected is the sincerity beneath the modest conceit that, yup, love hurts.
Finally, a romance that understands we mark our lives by our scrapes with love, and our defeats, rather than simply white-wedding-cake success.