Alex & Emma
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Rob Reiner directs Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson in Alex & Emma, a romantic comedy about an author and his secretary. Gangsters will kill Alex (Wilson) in 30 days if he doesn't pay back his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to finish his new novel. He hires sassy court stenographer Emma (Hudson) to transcribe his dictation. The film intercuts between the two of them writing the story, and the story within the story. Hudson plays three roles in the film, and Wilson plays two. Sophie Marceau and David Paymer round out the cast. The premise is (very) loosely based on a series of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"The actors make this fun if you can overlook the ludicrous view of Jeremy Leven's screenplay concerning how novels are written and what publishers generally pay for them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's paint by numbers."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"About as funny as root canal work and as romantic as a rainy fortnight in Wrexham. Rob Reiner should make a phone call to Christopher Guest a priority."
‑ , Film4
"No matter how hard Alex and Emma tries, it's still the same package but with new wrapping."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What is unusual about the film is that we see both the real life of the characters, and scenes from the hero's novel."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It has no tempo, energy or pulse."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Dull and listless from the start, partly because the leads fail to connect and partly because both the script and the direction let them down."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Uninspired -- neither romantic nor comic."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"What might have looked like a good idea on paper goes seriously awry in the screen treatment of this clunker from writer Jeremy Leven and director Rob Reiner."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Delves into ... all the odious cliches of the romantic comedy genre, but Reiner justifies it by laughing at the ridiculousness of his own story."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"This isn't one for the time capsule -- just bury it."
‑ Laura Sinagra, Village Voice
"A desperately slight romantic comedy marked by contrived romance and little comedy."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
""Alex & Emma" has a light tone of modernized '20s inflected comedy that Woody Allen would love to still be able to capture in his movies."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A miserable failure on every count."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Wilson is inert and lethargic... Instead of adding some comic energy and vitality to the proceedings, he seems to be sleepwalking through them."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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