The kind of flick that gives fluff a good name.
-Rick GroenFull Review
The premise falters along with much of the shtick.
Both harmlessly cynical and deeply fatuous.
-Peter RainerFull Review
America's Sweethearts is a balloon, all right -- a lead one.
A boring, brain-dead flop.
-Rex ReedFull Review
Too cynically slick and emotionally shallow.
-Andrew SarrisFull Review
A lackluster screwball comedy and dubious Julia Roberts vehicle.
-J. HobermanFull Review
A clunky ribbing of the movie industry.
-Jonathan RosenbaumFull Review
The movie is a polished muddle, fitfully amusing but with no spine.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
It's a perfectly fine setup for romantic-comedy capering, with enough good one-liners to satisfy. But Roth seems a bit at sea with his powerhouse cast.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
Doesn't contain a single genuine emotion. It's just as bogus and hollow as the movie business it portrays.
-Edward GuthmannFull Review
A film that manages the frustrating feat of being pleasant and misguided at the same time.
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
Occasionally amusing, but also an irritating mess.
-John AndersonFull Review
As undemanding summer movies go, America's Sweethearts is surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
For the farce it so desperately wants to be, the film often feels slack and too reliant on so-so punch lines for laughs.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
You go to America's Sweethearts anticipating a prime flossy, glossy entertainment. You come away better by a few laughs but with expectations sadly deflated.
-Susan StarkFull Review
Given its subject matter, it's too genial to cut deep.
-Steven RosenFull Review
The script is full of half-considered character stances.
-Paul TataraFull Review
All these good actors and all Crystal's sass and witty candor can't bring back the heyday of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. Or even, most of the time, their off-days.
-Michael WilmingtonFull Review
America's Sweethearts recycles Singin' in the Rain but lacks the sassy genius of that 1952 musical.
-Roger EbertFull Review
The film is longer on one-liners than inventiveness, focus, and sharp characterization.
Not so much a terrible movie as a tryingly bland one, the star-stuffed America's Sweethearts actually manages to make Entertainment Tonight seem dangerous by comparison.
-Geoff PevereFull Review
The movie has no sparkle, no charm, nothing to sweep us off our feet.
-Charles TaylorFull Review
A terrific romantic comedy about narcissism, insincerity, lunacy and glamour.
Like a bottle of lukewarm Champagne -- an expensive one, judging by the label -- America's Sweethearts opens with a promising burst of effervescence and quickly goes flat.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
[T]he jokes mostly fell flat.
-Eric HarrisonFull Review
It has the misfortune of being both too inside for outsiders and too unlikely for those in the know.
-Terry LawsonFull Review
A slam-dunk for Julia Roberts.