Amy Adams Can't Save Leap Year

Irish setting one of few pluses about predictable rom-com
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2010 8:11 AM CST

(Newser) – The Irish scenery is charming in the new romantic comedy Leap Year, but most critics run out nice things to say about the movie beyond that.

  • Amy Adams does her best as an American seeking to exploit an Irish tradition about women proposing once every 4 years, but her considerable talents "don't do much for the film "except for perhaps ensuring that it's not a completely painful cinematic experience," writes Jeff Vice at the Deseret News.

  • This "paint-by-numbers comedy, predictable from the first frame to the ultra-corny ending," is saved only by the location and the charms of Adams and co-star Matthew Goode, writes Claudia Puig at USA Today.
  • The movie is "trite but relatively painless," writes Cliff Doerkson at the Chicago Reader. Director Anand Tucker "should consider a career shooting travel brochures."
  • "Rich in cliché and brimming with the sort of potent idiocy that can only be found in January-release romantic comedies, Leap Year manages to do every possible thing wrong," complains Connie Ogle at the Miami Herald.

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