(1996)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
91
Entertainment Weekly
Brashly engaging.
88
USA Today
Overstuffed but exuberantly humane.
88
New York Daily News
Working from his own original screenplay, Crowe builds a story line full of unexpected twists and digressions.
88
ReelViews
Magic on celluloid -- fresh, funny, romantic, and upbeat. You'll leave the theater with a smile on your face and perhaps a tear in your eye.
87
Mr. Showbiz
Lusts for a feel-good ending the material doesn't comfortably provide. One can't help wondering how dismal Jerry and Dorothy's life together will be after the credits roll.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
There are a couple of moments in Jerry Maguire when you want to hug yourself with delight. Both of those moments involve the actress Renee Zellweger, whose lovability is one of the key elements in a movie that starts out looking cynical and quickly becomes a heartwarmer.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Zellweger has the most interesting new face in film, and she knows how to use silences to say what the heart wants to get across.
75
Chicago Tribune
A hip, funny, knowing romantic sports comedy that gets a little strained when it tries to expose its heart. [13 December 1996, Friday, p.A]
63
San Francisco Examiner
Now "Rod Tidwell," with Jerry Maguire as a supporting character, would be a movie to pay to see.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Crowe is too much the good employee to spin the yarn properly, to give the picture the very integrity it endorses. He might have made a more convincing movie had he first convinced himself.
50
Baltimore Sun
Let's get it out, loud and clear: Jerry Maguire is not a sports movie. It's a stealth chick movie, wrapped in a swaddling of jock stuff so that it gets through guy radar without setting off the missile defenses.

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