The Rebound
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Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a fortyish mother of two who must start her life over when her husband wants a divorce. She moves to New York City with her two children and hires a nanny (Justin Bartha), but eventually the younger man proves to be a genuine romantic possibility for the lonely divorcee. Directed by Bart Freundlich. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Saddling two game actors with a tone-deaf, charmless script, the film makes recent J.Lo vehicle The Back-up Plan look like Billy Wilder in comparison."
‑ Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
"Poor writing and inconsistencies sink this film. Let's hope that Zeta-Jones and Bartha can rebound."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The Rebound is largely character-driven, which is more than a lot of romantic films can vouch for."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Laughs are in short supply, and Mr Freundlich resorts to gross-out lavatory humour that's an unnecessary concession to youthful audiences who wouldn't like this movie anyway."
‑ , Daily Mail [UK]
"Thanks to a mischievous humour and charming leads, it's surprisingly enjoyable. More Zeta-Jones rom-coms, please."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The romantic trials of two wealthy, good-looking people, whose only barriers to happiness are their own petty insecurities, become tedious, and it's not helped by some stilted dialogue and awkward, mannered performances."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Although it bears the marks of studio intervention, much of the blame remains firmly with Freundlich, who's incapable of arranging a single honest moment in this uncomfortable, frightfully strained creation."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The Rebound offers up surprisingly nice characters (too nice, you could argue) and a modest charm that compensates for a lack of big laughs or much suspense."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"These are characters who seem very real. It's their imperfections, not contrived plot points, that drive the story."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"There is much about The Rebound that does not work, but you can't help giving it some credit for attempting to roam slightly outside the scope of most rom-coms, even if it can't entirely pull it off."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"...a thoroughly (and consistently) misguided piece of work that has almost nothing truthful or relevant to say about relationships."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An unromantic comedy that gets down and dirty."
‑ Don Groves,
"Another faintly insulting rom-com promoting a marketing man's idea of what women really want from movies..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Why is a movie that's trying to evoke some of the cool metropolitanism of late-'70s Woody Allen so rammed with hoary gags about New York being awash with transvestites and homeless flashers?"
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"There are a few funny lines - especially when she goes on a cringey date with a slimy chiropractor - but there are also too many unlikely scenarios and clunky dialogue."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
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