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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Romance . Comedy

An advice columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana (Bebe Neuwirth), loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man she can use for the experiment. Enter executive Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When Andie and Ben meet, their plans backfire.

Actors: Kathryn Hahn , Matthew McConaughey , Kate Hudson , Bebe Neuwirth , Robert Klein , Shalom Harlow , Michael Michele , Thomas Lennon , Adam Goldberg , Annie Parisse
Directors: Donald Petrie
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2003-02-07
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  • Mick LaSalle

    It's about as close to French farce as romantic comedies get, and the closer the better.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey don't simply star in this movie; they tag-team it out of the Freddie Prinze Jr. --Julia Stiles puppy-love ghetto.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    McConaughey and (especially) Hudson manage to make it all work, maintaining their likability even in situations where they inevitably end up acting like jerks.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    At least it's a pleasant walk, with attractive people and nice conversation

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Playful, predictable and more than a little precious, this entertaining if slight romantic farce makes it's hard not to mourn the loss of the adult romantic comedy.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Eventually loses its cheerful goofiness and its momentum, climaxing with a lengthy and embarrassing showdown scene at a big party. But it gets worse.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    What's missing? Simple: the romance. This movie is so intent upon getting cheap laughs and putting the protagonists in uncomfortable situations that it forgets they're supposed to be falling in love.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The picture is actually watchable. What's more, as romance comedies go, it's something of a novelty.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There's a pleasantly malevolent ridiculousness hovering around How to Lose a Guy. But the movie would have been so much better if it had jumped into its mean-spiritedness with gusto and passion, instead of just splashing around in it halfheartedly. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    As her character resorts to increasingly cruel and devious pranks, Hudson only seems funnier and more endearing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It does have its tart, fizzy moments.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It's totally implausible, and yet it gets at something unnervingly real: the way that people can blow a budding relationship by being too honest with each other.

    Slate Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The plot contrivances that bring them together to torture each other are so deftly handled that I almost bought them, and the two leads are charming and funny enough to offset the characters' obnoxious motives.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    With its ungainly double-deception premise, How to Lose a Guy feels like it was made out of two connect-the-dots drawings laid haphazardly on top of one another.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Some of the scenarios are funny. But they're uniformly overplayed.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    There is no shape or pacing to Daniel Petrie's movie. It's like a bottle of soda left uncapped. So thus a story that promised effervescence ends up being flat.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    How to lose an audience in 10 minutes: Cobble together a predictable and forced romantic comedy that should have been funnier.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Though something less than a masterpiece of the genre, this good-natured skirmish in the war between men and women benefits from Hudson's thoroughly charming performance.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Laura Sinagra

    With a premise this screwy, nobody has any choice but to follow the savvy lead of Bebe Neuwirth, who, as Hudson's "Composure" editor, hams her queen-bitch-mother-hen role to glazed perfection.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Both lead players are appealing and attractive enough to make an otherwise tepid movie at least un-excruciating.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    The few chuckles the film affords come early, and too often the script desperately tries to repeat them. By the end, it's not funny or happy -- just over. And you're glad for it, the one true emotion you feel in the whole two hours.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    In the end, we know Andie and Ben will kiss and make up -– how could too alliteratively aligned pretty people not? -– but first we must wade through the protracted and wholly unwarranted period in which both huffs about the other’s deceptions.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A concept, no matter how promising, is not a movie, and this picture has the bad luck to illustrate the difference.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I am just about ready to write off movies in which people make bets about whether they will, or will not, fall in love.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    I can't think of much that might happen on a date evening that could be more annoying than this movie.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Large chunks of the film seem like a record played at the wrong speed: The tempo of the dialogue as delivered doesn't match the lines as written, and the filmmakers are too lazy or too inept to make their convoluted premise jibe with any recognizable idea of human nature.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    This is the kind of movie that was doomed on the page, both by an inherently problematic premise and ill-conceived character motivations.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    When a chick flick goes wrong -- and this one hits a dead end in hell -- it's a wipeout.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    Directed by Donald Petrie ("Miss Congeniality") with about as much substance and style as a ham sandwich. It's a heavy hand that damps down such airy creatures as Hudson and McConaughey.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    All in all, the only lesson here is how to irritate. This is a stupid movie for stupid people. If you're a stupid person, knock yourself out. Please

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The movie isn't all bad, and it's sure to succeed with its target audience.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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