Catch and Release Synopsis
A woman (Jennifer Garner) tries to rebuild her life in the wake of her husband's untimely death.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.
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TV Guide

By Angel Cohn
As soon as it pitches camp in generic romantic-comedy territory, it loses its intriguing edge and becomes one more predictable...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's a funkier and more interesting movie in Maureen, a character played by Juliette Lewis. Maureen is a single mom, a massage...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Grant's film plays like a two-hour episode of "Friends" intercut with "Seventh Heaven." Those sounds you hear are wisecrack, heartbreak,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gray says she hates fishermen who catch and release: Getting jerked around hurts the jaw. See this movie and you'll know the feeling.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Making her feature-film directorial debut, Grant is going for an everyday conversational texture and a sense of life's curveballs. But the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
I just don't know any chick who will make sense of this flick -- it's that blitheringly out of touch with present psychosexual (never mind...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film suffers from a style that settles for pleasant or touching at the cost of spontaneous or impassioned. Too bad, because Ms. Garner...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Really, women drag their husbands and boyfriends to films like writer-director Susannah Grant's emotionally bogus Catch and Release and I...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Catch and Release is not worth catching. Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss.
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Catch and Release

By dblake22
total chick-flick! i loved the setting of some of it...boulder, colorado. overall, though, it was just so-so....

Great Cast, Great Movie

By brant_n_razonia
This movie was fantastic. I think my husband and I both enjoyed it very much. Kevin Smith was great....


By cutie101
Kinda of boring it put me to sleep...

Funny and lighthearted

By klgonzo
The overweight friend is classic! Jennifer Garner was cute as ever. I'm not sure I totally bought the love story, but I didn't care because it was entertaining. If you're insecure in your...


By squishy1403
NOT A CHICK FLICK!!! Decided to go for Valentine's Day cus my girlfriend said she wanted to see it thinking it was a romantic love story, but I walked out hating my life, feeling sorry for everyone...

By MKLandrum

Made me miss Colorado

By COmeli
Story line was so-so. Took most of the movie to figure out what was going on, but the movie was still fun. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone who cares about serious movies, however....

Catch and Release

By curly64647
It was very funny and it had a lot of surprises throughtout the entire movie!...

Good way to spend a Sunday afternoon...

By ritam9373
The movie was funny, tender and entertaining, especially with Kevin Smith in the cast. It did seem to go a bit too long but the charm of the actors and some good lines made it worth it. Another nice...

Pretty Good...

By obiwancass
Great performances from a fun cast, but the overall plot is a bit lacking at times....

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, language and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Mostly forgettable romantic comedy for teens+.
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