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In this romantic comedy-drama, two people whose lives were touched by the same tragedy find love. Buddy Amaral (Ben Affleck) is a successful L.A. advertising executive who has a way with the ladies, but inside he longs for a meaningful long-term relationship. One day Buddy sells his seat on a sold-out airline flight to a stranger; he's shocked when the jet crashes and the man is killed. A year later, still haunted by the incident, Buddy looks up Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), the victim's widow, who is now selling real estate to support her children. Buddy soon finds himself attracted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Two movies in one -- lively when people are talking, lame when things are happening."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"What a lingering, contrived, lukewarm mess this is."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"The very premise of Bounce sounds suspect, so it's a credit to Roos' writing that he largely overcomes his own dubious plotline and fashions a fairly involving love story."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"What should have been graceful understatement instead reads as lifeless detachment."
‑ Michael Dequina, Movie Poop Shoot
"Heavy-handed, unbelievable, predictable, and when without Gwenyth, a not very exciting film to find oneself bouncing ultimately boredly through."
‑ Susannah Breslin, Film Threat
"As a director, [Roos] brings a keen eye for character and nuance to his writer-side's lapses."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Something is missing in Bounce, the muted dynamic of which calls forth a perhaps inevitably muted reaction."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Entertaining story of fate, alcoholism, and love."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Affleck and Paltrow seem to be enjoying their roles far more than we do."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"a major disappointment from writer-director Don Roos, who previously created the scathingly funny "The Opposite of Sex." ...this muddled drama is more like the opposite of interesting."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"I wanted [Buddy and Abby] to become lovers, which means they sold me on themselves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bounce makes the sale, even if you crinkle your nose as you buy it."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The fact that it remains watchable and enjoyable is a credit to its actors and its writer ..."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Seems too slight and shallow to really work as a drama."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Mais Que o Acaso se salva graças ao desempenho de seus protagonistas e à química existente entre estes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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