Let This Girlfriend Get Away

Critics mixed on McConaughey rom-com
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2009 9:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – The latest Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy, which tells the story of an aging womanizer revisiting his past, is drawing a mix of mild appreciation and hearty derision from critics:

  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past "is cheesy, tacky, and gimmicky,” writes Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. “But as directed by Mark Waters, it's also prankish and inventive enough to be kind of fun.”

  • Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times says the “amusingly sentimental” movie parallels McConaughey’s own life: “It's the hard truth that his young hunk days are ending.”
  • The flick is “a junky-looking romantic comedy that’s neither remotely romantic nor passably comic,” Manohla Dargis  grouses in the New York Times.
  • The film “never comes as close as spitting distance to a laugh,” agrees Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. It “swims in its own brand of crude, mirthless muck.”