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After losing her husband in a tragic accident that occurred during his bachelor party, a would-be widow (Jennifer Garner) struggles to sort through the many secrets he kept from her as she adjusts to her new life. Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant makes her directorial debut with a romantic comedy starring Juliette Lewis, Kevin Smith, and Timothy Olyphant.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Release yourself from boredom by giving it a miss."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"One of those movies where the small pleasures stack up high enough to dwarf the disappointments."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A story of self-discovery Catch and Release is ... well it's horribly, horribly dull is what it is. It's like an entire season of a mediocre primetime soap opera squeezed into a couple of hours."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Suffice it to say that when the best thing you can say about a movie is the soundtrack was decent (catch the old Lemonheads tune in the beginning), it's not worth the trip to the theater."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Mostly forgettable romantic comedy for teens and up."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Sadly lifeless."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"A romantic non-comedy."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"...harbours a secret crush on Gray but, hey, so does everybody, since Gray has fairies and butterflies flying out of her vagina."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"By the conclusion of the film, Catch and Release transformed itself from a risk-taking romantic comedy with a darkly humorous lining into a stereotypically syrupy outing..."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Garner is likable, but the film is so leisurely and meandering that it never quite builds a pulse to engage the emotions the way Grant so obviously strives."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"I was pleasantly surprised."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film suffers from a style that settles for pleasant or touching at the cost of spontaneous or impassioned. Too bad, because Ms. Garner is a genuinely pleasing presence."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Catch and Release will not cause Ben Affleck any husband-envy. It's a harmless romantic comedy that will garner Garner no awards and middling success at the box office."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Unappealing, inert and overlong inane romantic comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Even with Smith involved, Catch and Release isn't the sort of film a guy would generally go to see alone, but it does make for a decent date movie. She'll enjoy the romantic elements and he'll likely find it unobjectionably entertaining."
‑ Cindy White, IGN Movies
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