No Rewards for This Bounty Hunter
Aniston, Butler lack chemistry in action romance
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2010 5:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston star as a bounty hunter and his wanted ex-wife in action romance Bounty Hunter. Critic's reactions range from "passable" to "somebody needs to hunt down the people who made this movie."

  • An OK concept gets lost in "lame jokes and predictable situations," complains Calvin Wilson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's as if the filmmakers thought that just watching Butler and Aniston scream at each other almost two hours would be more than enough to satisfy the masses."

  • "Aniston and Butler can't seem to muster any believable chemistry" between their equally obnoxious characters, writes Claudia Puig at USA Today. "A lot of mugging happens, but no magic."
  • Roger Moore at the Orlando Sentinel deems it "watchable." Aniston "doesn’t bring her old A-game to this, he writes. "But at least she’s not quiet and reserved and no-energy, her approach to too many roles of late."
  • Director Andy Tennant aimed to make "this yawn about flirty ex-spouses ciphering the twin puzzles of their failed marriage and an unsolved murder" a modern version of '30s comic thriller The Thin Man, but he and his "desperately unfunny" script fall well short of the mark, Carrie Rickey writes at the Philadelphia Inquirer.