Wimbledon 2004

Critics score:
60 / 100

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John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: It's one of those feel-good movies that a critic doesn't have to feel bad about recommending. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: Wimbledon may have its faults, but it's the sort of upbeat fantasy that's tough to resist. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Slickly efficient but defiantly cliched. Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times: Beneath the surface, the film is an empty experience. Read more

Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle: There's no hiding a hokey love story that undercuts the picture's compelling tennis scenes. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: This is the part that will finally make the tall, freckled Bettany a star. He's exquisitely high-strung in a way that women will find madly attractive and men madly agreeable. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: [A] reluctant thumbs down. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Always light, always breezy and anything but coy, Wimbledon is entirely watchable and entirely forgettable the moment it's over. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: The good news is that Wimbledon is not Kirsten Dunst's movie. This passable romantic comedy belongs to co-star Paul Bettany. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: For one to drone on about lousy, lumpy tennis is to miss the point of Wimbledon, which is about lousy, lumpy love. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: The Bjorn Borg of romantic comedies: precise, good-looking, dependable and serviceable, if predictable. Read more

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), Houston Chronicle: The movie needs the stars' charm and director Richard Loncraine's polish, because the faulty script is just barely good enough to hold us for 100 minutes. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Nothing more than amiable fluff, yet Bettany infuses it with a brazen dash of reality. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: A standard post-Four Weddings and a Funeral British romantic comedy. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: It's pleasant, diverting and sweet. Read more

Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly: The sly, sexy ease between Dunst and Bettany makes the predictability bearable, at least for a while. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: [Loncraine] just gives too much of all the wrong things and a potential winner comes a bit unstrung. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: Though there is the novelty of racket action, all the film really amounts to is same story, different sport. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: As a love story, Wimbledon is a washout. As a meditation on sports psychology, it might help improve your game. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: A pleasant enough entertainment at a time when movies either pleasant or entertaining are in short supply. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: A likable, formulaic sports movie. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Not an ace, just a let, barely getting over the net to give its stars another serve and a chance to move into the next scene. But you won't mind watching them play out the point. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The kind of movie that allows the non-cynical movie-goer to sit back and relax in the presence of actors who work well with each other and a script whose familiarity is an asset. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: What I mostly liked was the warmth between the two leads. Read more

Charles Taylor, Salon.com: Slick, satisfying entertainment. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: There's nothing startlingly original in the way this plays out, but the film has a relaxed ease that's appealing. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Christy Lemire, Journal News (Westchester, NY): Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: A curious hybrid of sports drama and romantic comedy, Wimbledon is a happy case of hitting the sweet spot with a good serve. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: All in all, it's rather pleasant, but nothing else. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: Bounces back and forth between court and courtship with no more than serviceable results. Read more

Jessica Winter, Village Voice: The appealing leads have strong chemistry, but it's the wrong kind: an affectionate big-brother / little-sister rapport that leaves a discomfiting taint on their more amorous clinches. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: A generally painless float down a lazy river. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: The best thing about all of this is Bettany. Read more