The third time out is the real charm for writer-director Kevin Smith.
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
Instead of cool twenty-something irony, Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty. full review
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
It's a rude blast of gleeful provocation, a farce about emotional pain, a drama about sexual slapstick.
Work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy. full review
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
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
As funny as the observational outrage humor of Clerks, but Smith is working harder.
It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.
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.
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
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.
Lacks insight and finesse, and feels like a boldfaced Rorschach for Smith's own hang-ups. full review
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
Smith makes it crackle, with various aggressive honesties and wit.