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Definitely, Maybe (2008)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 102
Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 139,046


Movie Info

A political consultant in the midst of a bitter divorce attempts to delicately divulge the truth about his past relationships to his curious young daughter, who simply won't stop asking questions until she's satisfied with all the answers. Ten-year-old Maya (Abigail Breslin) is heartbroken to see her parents splitting up, but she's determined to find out precisely how it was that mom and dad came together in the first place. When Maya starts questioning her father Will (Ryan Reynolds) about his … More

PG-13 (for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam Brooks
In Theaters:
Jun 24, 2008
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (43) | DVD (15)

Definitely, Maybe, which was written and directed by Adam Brooks, has charm and spirit.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

Tthe performances are very strong.

February 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Everything feels derivative and nothing rings true -- it's The Way We Weren't.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Is this movie the best romantic comedy of the year? Maybe not. Do you walk out with a smile on your face? Definitely.

February 15, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Definitely, Maybe isn't terrible exactly, but it's bland, and in some ways that's worse. It's a romance posing as a detective story in which the solution is obvious and not worth the fuss.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This highly uneven comedy by writer-director Adam Brooks might be easier to take if it were less infatuated with its own cuteness.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

More satisfying than your cookie-cutter romantic comedy but far less overwrought than a full-blown period romance, it finds a satisfying and cuddly middle ground.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

This is straight-up young people whining about their relationships.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009

It's sweet natured and brightly played.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

While clearly aimed at women, many men could find it as entertainingly endurable as did I.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

The movie has heart and humor; the two most important traits for any romantic comedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Three Movie Buffs

The writing is clever, the acting is good, and this is pretty much as good a chick flick as you're going to get.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Insiders

Modern romance may be more realistic in Definitely, Maybe, but it's also less satisfying than the illusions that classic romantic movies create about amore.

October 18, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

apsogo holigoyntiano stil komple me tileoptikizoysa eikonografisi, sympyknonontas treis romenti payla ntramenti se ena hortastiko gia ta metra toy paketo

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
Movies for the Masses

If you're looking for a nice romantic comedy for your Valentine's Day date, look no further%u2014Definitely, Maybe is positively it.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008

For all the unnatural setup, it's amazing that the performances come off so naturally.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
The Scorecard Review

All of the romantic scenes work here, but anytime it switched gears and started focusing on the politics, it lost me.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

Who will our unlucky in love protagonist ultimately choose? Even if one correctly surmises, the journey is filled with quietly humorous and engaging moments.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Not entirely successful, but worth a look.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

might not be the most perfect movie possible, but it makes up for its shortcomings with an appeal to the heart that connects

Full Review… | June 20, 2008

A bittersweet bedtime story about at least three babes who broke a guy's heart during his hard knocks, early adult years, in addition to, well, Bill Clinton.

Full Review… | June 16, 2008

Despite repeatedly falling for three of the most beautiful women in the movies, Reynolds winds up largely miserable

June 11, 2008
The Trend

I am totally guilty. You can throw me in a court room and convict me because I am totally and completely guilty of thinking this movie was going to be the same old romantic comedy that we have been seeing for years.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008

We get a rare look at a long personal journey through relationships (including his relationship to politics) from the point of view of the man, and a new appreciation of the silver lining on even the saddest cloud.

Full Review… | March 29, 2008

[Adam] Brooks has had a sporadic career, but when he suddenly resurfaces, he usually provides zesty dialogue and intriguing characters.

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
Atlantic City Weekly

A terminally bland, brutally overlong tale of tedious, attractive people and their banal romantic problems.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Definitely, Maybe

Ryan Reynolds and Abigal Breslin shine in this beautiful movie that in the end had me in tears. Isla Fisher as April is also wonderful in this. Just a great movie.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

I hate the way Ryan Reynolds talks to his daughter Abigail Breslin in this film. People who talk to their kids like this are hateful and that's pretty much how I feel about all the characters Ryan Reynolds plays. Most of the characters are likable, particularly Kevin Kline's but Ryan Reynolds is so vacuous that I felt myself hoping that the film would have an unhappy ending for him. It's fairly horrible and is best avoided.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

One of the best Rom-com's in recent years. Not full of laughs throughout, it does have it's more serious and dramatic parts along the way. It does have a great cast with Renolds, the 3 female leads and a good performance by Abigail Breslin as Reynolds daughter. A good story largely told in retrospective segments as a father tells his daughter of his 3 main loves in his life, to see if she can work out which one was her mother. A class above most Rom-coms, with aspects similar to The Notebook and Serendipity!

Dean !

Super Reviewer

This is one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in a long time. The story is romantic and snappy, keeping just the right amount of mystery so that it is not confusing but whimsically engrossing. I loved having the setting during Bill Clinton's time - it weathered and toughened out the story in an aspect where it definitely could've been too "fairytale". Isla Fisher is the European Amy Adams; I thought she was so, so adorable whenever she delivered anything. I hope she gets a great career in the future.I still kind of hate Ryan Reynolds because his acting style has touches of the egotistical and fake, but I think he manages to obtain a decent amount of chemistry with all four female characters (Abigail Breslin included). The casting was pretty much flawless, even though I think they could've had Elizabeth Banks do more and had us like her more. She can be perfectly endearing, that one.But as a general idea, I highly recommend this movie to anyone and I couldn't stop smiling throughout!

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Definitely, Maybe Quotes

I slept with Charlie.
Will Hayes:
I thought we had a plan.
You had a plan.
Will Hayes:
You're killing me.
No, I'm not. I'm letting you go.
– Submitted by George P (10 months ago)
No one walks away from Paco!
– Submitted by Bruce T (2 years ago)
Maya Hayes:
Look. I know love isn't a fairytale.
– Submitted by Alexandra P (2 years ago)
I see you've been eating noodles!
– Submitted by Davide G (3 years ago)
You're the toilet paper guy.
Will Hayes:
Yes, I am in fact the toilet paper guy, but feel free to call me the bagel-and-coffee guy. Or, Todd in accounting calls me Chrystal, which I'm pretty sure is a girls name.
– Submitted by Leonor D (3 years ago)
Will Hayes:
I had two serious girlfriends... and then some other smattering of other women. What?
Maya Hayes:
Whats the boy word for slut?
Will Hayes:
They still haven't come up with one yet. But I'm sure they're working on it.
– Submitted by Leonor D (3 years ago)

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