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Detroit Free Press:
It's one of those feel-good movies that a critic doesn't have to feel bad about recommending.
Wimbledon may have its faults, but it's the sort of upbeat fantasy that's tough to resist.
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.
The good news is that Wimbledon is not Kirsten Dunst's movie. This passable romantic comedy belongs to co-star Paul Bettany.
For one to drone on about lousy, lumpy tennis is to miss the point of Wimbledon, which is about lousy, lumpy love.
Los Angeles Times:
The Bjorn Borg of romantic comedies: precise, good-looking, dependable and serviceable, if predictable.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul),
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.
The sly, sexy ease between Dunst and Bettany makes the predictability bearable, at least for a while.
[Loncraine] just gives too much of all the wrong things and a potential winner comes a bit unstrung.
Though there is the novelty of racket action, all the film really amounts to is same story, different sport.
New York Daily News:
As a love story, Wimbledon is a washout. As a meditation on sports psychology, it might help improve your game.
New York Observer:
A pleasant enough entertainment at a time when movies either pleasant or entertaining are in short supply.
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.
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.
A curious hybrid of sports drama and romantic comedy, Wimbledon is a happy case of hitting the sweet spot with a good serve.
All in all, it's rather pleasant, but nothing else.
Bounces back and forth between court and courtship with no more than serviceable results.
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.