Chasing Amy

After comic book artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with the perfect woman, Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), he discovers she is a lesbian in this comedy from writer-director Kevin Smith. With no help from his friend, Banky (Jason Lee), Holden tries to make a relationship with Alyssa work. Although Holden knows Alyssa cares deeply about him, her homosexual past may conspire to come between them and ruin everything.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 90%
Critics' score: 90   Audience score: 81   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Smith isn't just fooling around anymore. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The third time out is the real charm for writer-director Kevin Smith.

Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Neither PC nor crudely anti-PC, this tough and tender movie, like its characters, is prepared to take emotional risks, and the comic book milieu is deftly sketched in. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Amusing and appealing. full review

Todd McCarthy, Variety

Instead of cool twenty-something irony, Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty. full review

David Ansen, Newsweek

Can a script exploring some truly deep questions about human sexuality and emotions be any shoddier and wooden? Will Miramax continue to fund one of the worst directors in the business? Don't stay tuned. full review

Eric Brace, Washington Post

It's a rude blast of gleeful provocation, a farce about emotional pain, a drama about sexual slapstick.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy. full review

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

While the surface of his film sparkles with sharp, ironic dialogue, deeper issues are forming, and Chasing Amy develops into a film of touching insights. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is about something, and the deeper we get into it, the more we realize how emotionally on-target the script is. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

As funny as the observational outrage humor of Clerks, but Smith is working harder.

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle

It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.

Mary Brennan,

The script eventually gets beyond the pop-culture jokes and starts dealing frankly and intelligently with the problems of three people who are defined by their pasts.

John Hartl,

As Chasing Amy redefines the boy-meets-girl formula for a culture where anything goes, including perhaps another boy or girl, it thrives on Smith's dry, deadpan direction. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue, particularly in the arguments between Holden and Alyssa.

Sean Means,

Often funny but ultimately wrenching full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

Lacks insight and finesse, and feels like a boldfaced Rorschach for Smith's own hang-ups. full review

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

It could prove to be as bad a date movie for some couples as it might be a real turn-on for others. Anyone with set ideas about sex roles or orientations is likely to get steamed. full review

Charles Taylor,

Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit.

Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic

In-your-face with an attitude that's as tactless as it is honest. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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