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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63

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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50

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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50

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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50

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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50

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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42

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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40

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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38

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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38

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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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....

Boring

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...

Depressing

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
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must see

By ballerina1992
it was just amazing the trailer shows everything it is ... amazing, spontaneous, fun, and exciting...

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By movie_fan_17
I enjoyed the movie very much. It was interesting that the writers actually allowed the male characters to show their grief, in different ways, for their friend's death....

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By kelly14
This movie is so good! You should go see it!...

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By chenella
I thought this would be just like any other romantic comedy, but was pleasantly suprised. Its setting in Boulder definitely added an interesting edge....

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