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Baltimore Sun
Turns the kleig lights around to produce a wry and dead-on commentary on the film industry and the journalists who cover it.
New York Daily News
The result is a back-lot studio tour that's not exactly good-natured, but terrific fun and it gives the ensemble cast plenty of clowning opportunities.
New York Post
Surprisingly funny and sweet, despite some missed comic opportunities and curious casting choices.
This movie is a cookie. A slightly stale generic-brand cookie.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Christopher Walken has the best moments in the whole thing, portraying the wacked-out auteur of the Gwen-and-Eddie vehicle. Sadly, he's only in America's Sweethearts a few hilarious minutes.
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.
Miami Herald
For the farce it so desperately wants to be, the film often feels slack and too reliant on so-so punch lines for laughs.
Wall Street Journal
Amusing enough, especially with its uniquely credible premise of a media fraud, to recommend.
Entertainment Weekly
No excuse for the bitterness and crudity in America's Sweethearts -- a noxious combination that erodes the 1930s and '40s screwball-comedy armature on which this mirthless movie is based.
Rolling Stone
Chockablock with things we're not supposed to notice: that Roberts is wasted; that she and Cusack have no characters to play, so it's virtually impossible to understand why she loves him or vice versa; that the script provides comedy without bite and romance without resonance.
This is the downside of Roberts' giant success and her dazzling ability to charm: Every time she goes plain, as she did in the little-seen "Mary Reilly" and "Michael Collins," our princess simply fizzles.

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