How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003

Critics score:
42 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: This is a movie that never aspires to be anything more than dimwitted fun, then falls on its aspirations. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: The hottest couple to come down the pike recently has been Frodo and Sam. Hudson and McConaughey rate higher on the spark-o-meter. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: You not only have to be seriously testosterone- deprived to survive this film without embarrassment, you have to buy a romantic premise so ridiculously contrived that even Dr. Ruth might suspect someone was pulling her little leg. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: In contrast to the horrifically stupid, dull romantic comedies the past month or two have brought us, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is almost, but not quite, a breath of fresh air. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: This tortured premise to get them together and the things they go through, every minute of it just lies flat on the screen. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: There may be some way to make this nonsense amusing, but writers Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan haven't even figured out a reasonable setup for getting the two together. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: If the movie provides no new insight into the contrasting behavior of men and women or the perils of postmodern urban dating, falling well shy of the not-too-high standard set by 'Sex and the City' on both fronts, it does have its tart, fizzy moments. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: How to Lose a Guy smoothly satirizes the superficiality of man-hungry women and the soullessness of sex-hungry men. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: A too-long title is just the first problem for this too-long, misguided, so-called romantic comedy. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Both lovers are duplicitous creeps -- in a perverse way they're made for each other. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: After a frothy start, How to Lose (an apt abbreviation) becomes a one-joke comedy of slapstick suffering. Read more

Ricardo Baca, Denver Post: Lackluster. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: With its ungainly double-deception premise, How to Lose a Guy feels like it was made out of two connect-the-dots drawings laid haphazardly on top of one another. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: The picture is actually watchable. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will test your cuteness tolerance level. Read more

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly: Mutual deception as a comedic conceit predates Shakespeare, and it certainly shows its age in this creaker. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Trite, contrived, but often entertaining. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: More an exercise in how to lose an audience in 10 minutes. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This movie is so intent upon getting cheap laughs and putting the protagonists in uncomfortable situations that it forgets they're supposed to be falling in love. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I am just about ready to write off movies in which people make bets about whether they will, or will not, fall in love. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, The movie would have been so much better if it had jumped into its mean-spiritedness with gusto and passion, instead of just splashing around in it halfheartedly. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It's about as close to French farce as romantic comedies get, and the closer the better. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: The picture is entertaining, and it will probably be a big hit, but it's an opportunity wasted. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: For once, here's a screen couple that easily adds up. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Too light on laughs and too heavy on predictable moments. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: This is the kind of movie that was doomed on the page, both by an inherently problematic premise and ill-conceived character motivations. Read more

Laura Sinagra, Village Voice: Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Resorts to the kinds of cliches that were so yesterday two weeks ago. Read more