Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008

Critics score:
74 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ben Lyons, At the Movies: I would love the film more if the film didn't love itself so much. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Nick & Norah possesses an inescapable, winsome appeal. It's an alt.romance, dedicated to the B-side of love. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: As thin as an iPod Nano, as full of adolescent self-display as a Facebook page, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist strives to capture what it's like to be young right now. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: It's a familiar formula, but as the title characters, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings give it such a fresh spin you'd think they invented love at first sight. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It's an imperfect, sometimes familiar but always exuberant comedy with romantic resonance and a soundtrack that's as essential to the story as the dialogue. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: There's not much reality or intellect to be found. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: The film drags as it reaches the hours before sunrise, but Cera and Denning's passive-aggressive flirtation keeps its pulse alive. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: It comes up a little short of the classic it might have become, but it's still a knowing portrayal of young love lost and found. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Sollett's working with stale material, clearly. He genuinely likes people, though, and his fondness revives Nick and Norah and sets it spinning with camaraderie and hope. Read more

Michael Ordona, Los Angeles Times: It is a teen romantic comedy that largely fits the familiar template but is also fleshed out with atmosphere, a nice blend of broad goofiness and sophistication, and two appealing leads who bring it to life. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Sollett works easily and well with Cera and Dennings, and lends a touch of awkward realism to what, from a screenwriting perspective, is pure formula. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: An uneven but sweet-natured bop through the unstable ground of teenage lust and loneliness. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: What makes the film work in spite of itself is [director] Sollett's sympathy for his characters and the teamwork between Cera and Dennings, whose winsome sultriness seems entirely unaffected. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Director Peter Sollett brings the authentic observation that worked wonders in his debut, Finding Victor Vargas. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Although crassed-up for modern audiences, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist may be the closest anyone has come to matching the teen agony-and-ecstasy romps that John Hughes pumped out in the '80s. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: The marvelous, magical boy-meets-girl-in-the-city-that-never-sleeps romantic comedy Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a revolutionary movie disguised as a familiar story. Read more

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Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: Nick and Norah takes the relatively radical approach of making a movie that occurs on a genuinely human scale. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: Invested in ephemera, not people -- never more so then when the couple gets busy in a recording studio and the camera chooses to pivot and pan sensuously across the synthesizer. Read more

Robert Wilonsky, L.A. Weekly: Nick & Norah is like something crafted in a lab by 54-year-old hucksters trying to sell sh-t to the kids under the cheerless guise of "alternative." The only thing ita(TM)s an alternative to? Good. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Director Sollett adds a humanistic layer of insight and wisdom to the story that transcends teen-pic formulas. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: [Director] Sollett is able to take familiar teen tropes and transform them into low-key magic. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Nick and Norah would probably horrify the original Nick and Nora. But their great-grandchildren will probably see it twice. And then text their friends to see it, too. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: [A]lmost more remarkable than Nick, Norah or their playlist ... is the quirky, melting-pot world Sollett creates around them: vibrant like New York, youthful like the stars, awkward like the characters they're playing... Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: A premise this promising should have developed into something more. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: It's about time we had an answer to Sixteen Candles, Superbad and Dazed and Confused set in New York City. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is one of those magical, near-perfect youth romances, a film that so vividly reminds you of the glories of young love that you wish you were 18 again, full of hope, not jaded by life and love lost. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: Nick and Norah springs high on the bounce of its hugely likable leads, Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The dialogue is witty enough to separate Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist from the rom-com continuum of dumb screenplays, but not so witty that it will receive a Diablo Cody-level backlash. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist lacks some of the idiocy of your average teenage rom-com. But it doesn't bring much to the party. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, The movie around them may not have enough shape, contrast and texture. But at least these characters are always moving forward, even if the only sure thing they've got to look forward to is dawn. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It plays like a movie inspired by good movies, not by the emotion that inspires good movies. Still, the appeal of Cera and Dennings keep the movie within the realm of a mildly good time. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Like Before Sunrise or the lovely karaoke-bar sequence at the center of Lost in Translation, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist captures the excitement of exploring a city with someone you barely know and really, really like. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: One advantage that Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist has over the typical teen romantic comedy is a terrific soundtrack that perfectly matches the fleeting loyalties of teenage love. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: The film really is a homage to vintage Hollywood comedy. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Nick & Norah's only wishes it had some of Juno's wit and energy. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: In the 1930s, Hollywood had The Thin Man, with the married couple Nick and Nora Charles as the epitome of Manhattan swank. Though this Nick and Norah have a lot more angst, they're just as worth watching, admiring and cuddling up to. Read more

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Tom Huddlestone, Time Out: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist takes everything you loved in three decades of teenage romance and twists it into something unrecognisably desperate and exploitative. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Not only is their playlist worth a listen, but Nick and Norah are surprisingly good company with whom to spend a long night in the city. Read more

John Anderson, Variety: It's sweet, no doubt, but a bit too slick for its own good. Read more