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Worth A Look: 17.07%
Average: 14.63%
Pretty Bad: 6.1%
Total Crap: 14.63%

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Jerry Maguire
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by Ryan Arthur

"Jerry Ma-fuckin'-guire."
5 stars

Sweet and charming as date movies go, with strong performances from the entire cast.

"The Things We Think And Do Not Say."

That's the title of the mission statement/memo that sports uberagent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) writes in the middle of the night. That same mission statement gets him fired, but Jerry takes an assistant named Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) and a single, solitary client named Rod Tidwell (Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) with him. It's not a story about sports (although it easily could have been), but instead about love.

Jerry's girlfriend Avery (Kelly Preston) leaves him not long after he's fired, and Jerry starts to fall (or so he thinks) for Dorothy ("That's more than a dress," he tells her on a date, "that's an Audrey Hepburn movie."). Dorothy isn't as well-to-do as Jerry was, so she needs things from him as an employer, like health insurance for her kid, Ray (Jonathan Lipnicki). She starts to fall for Jerry, too. He struggles to get his career back on track, and juggles his relationship with her and her son, all under the watchful eye of Rod and Dorothy's sister Laurel (Bonnie Hunt). They marry, but living happily ever after isn't exactly a certainty.

When Jerry starts to get back into the swing of his life, he starts to wonder if marrying Dorothy was the right thing to do, and she wonders the same ("On the surface, everything seems fine. I've got this great guy. And he loves my kid. And he sure does like me a lot. And I can't live like that. It's not the way I'm built," she tells him).

There's never really any doubt if they'll stay together, is there?

Didn't think so.

I'm a Tom Cruise fan. I admire his work (most of it, anyway) but I'm not rabid in my adulation. The role of Jerry was perfect for him, though. Zellweger is cute as a button (like Lipnicki, only less annoying), and the romance between the two of them works. Jerry is flawed, and Dorothy isn't perfect, either, and that's what makes the relationship touching. Gooding steals the show, and Bonnie Hunt makes the most of her limited screen time, as she does in any film she's in.

This movie is a worthy companion to writer/director Cameron Crowe's previous efforts, Singles and Say Anything. See it if you haven't already.

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User Comments

9/15/12 roscoe first hour is great, but it ends up dragging 4 stars
4/15/11 Faraz :) 5 stars
7/25/10 Simon Crowe's sparkling script makes it all seem real-ish, but really its hokey & a bit indulgent 4 stars
11/14/09 MP Bartley Clumsy development aside, this pretty much hits every spot it needs to. 4 stars
11/01/08 ldavies Perfect date movie...chick flick that men like too. Great performances. 5 stars
2/02/08 Chris Awesome movie, Cruise and Gooding are great in this, Zellwegers good too. 5 stars
12/10/06 David Cohen I used to think women were smart, this movie shows how easily they can be manipulated 1 stars
12/06/06 David Pollastrini Show me the funny! 3 stars
5/30/06 Wanker I have seen mushroom clouds , Tsunamis and Earthquakes but this is the greatest disaster 1 stars
1/28/06 Luca pretty terrible, soppy movie, surprised Cruise was in it. 2 stars
10/01/05 Nick Great movie, could watch it anytime, Cruise rules. 5 stars
8/25/05 ES the supporting cast saves this film, Cruise couldn't act his way throu a 1st grade pageant 4 stars
7/06/05 Pinkline Jones About as riveting as a dunny door in a cyclone 2 stars
5/13/05 Indrid Cold About as good as syrupy drama can get. Cruise and Zellweger have off the charts charisma. 5 stars
3/16/05 Ronin Seeing Tom Cruise in this movie I realised for the first time that HE IS a talented actor. 5 stars
10/25/04 UMER tom's best performance and the great script make this movie more than worth a watch 5 stars
8/22/04 Peter James An entertaining movie full of memorable lines 4 stars
5/06/04 J.Peckerfoot loved it. script shines. 5 stars
5/06/04 Bobby Fisher awesome, i cried like a bitch... Dimitri is fat 5 stars
12/01/03 Shlomi Assaf Awesome MOVIE!!!! loved it 5 stars
11/21/03 Edit Szabados I love Jerry O'Connell 1 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant Absolutely sucks shit from the asshole of the universe. Crusie and Gooding should wed. FUCK 1 stars
10/13/03 R.W. Welch Good script, expert acting, feel-good ending. What's not to like? 4 stars
5/25/03 Biff Boffo Cruise plays someone who has een a Hepburn movie, or 2...That's a stretch! ;> 4 stars
4/22/03 The Talking Elbow Contrived and unrealistic, with a typical dream-land hollywood relationship. 3 stars
2/05/03 natasha_theobald engaging throughout -- great mix of elements 5 stars
12/30/02 Crimson Matrix Not bad 5 stars
11/07/02 Lady who hates romantic comedies Sappy, manipulative, unrealistic , hated it with a passion! 1 stars
7/27/02 I Can't Swim Tom & Cuba's love story aside, this movie is for the ladies at the mall 4 stars
7/25/02 palaboy101 Great movie 5 stars
6/29/02 Phil M. Aficionado In any competitive occupation, and you won't find a "truer" film. I've been there. 5 stars
5/10/02 raj a film that will inspire to be good in our daily activities!! my best tom cruise movieMAGIC 5 stars
3/13/02 Aport_max 2 thumbs up for Jerry's assmilation of cunnilingus!!! 5 stars
3/02/02 Jenny Tullwartz Show me the money I could have saved by missing this tedious and pointless misfire! 1 stars
3/01/02 Butterbean Zellwegger is shit. Gooding deserves the Oscar. This movie grew tedious towards the end 3 stars
12/23/01 Andrew Carden Ok Movie, Cruise Gives The Weakest Performance. 3 stars
11/28/01 ferring gooding was awesome, zellwegger sucked. 3 stars
10/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Eeehhh, it's alright. Not the best in anything or worst in anything, but it's eehh-eehh.... 3 stars
10/26/01 the scarecrow I thought it was pretty good. 5 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk I like Cameron Crowe, but did he really expect us to swallow this load of spunk? 1 stars
7/29/01 Henry Ginsberg Great flick .Funny and heart warming . 5 stars
6/28/01 Steve "Did you know the human head weighs 8 pounds?Did you know I was born without any genitalia? 5 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L Show me the ACTING!!!!!! 1 stars
3/26/01 Jake Gooding showed great depth and was brilliant. Romance was forced at the end. 4 stars
11/25/00 The Evil Penguin LLLLLOOOOONNNNGGG and Boring. 2 stars
3/31/00 Arnaldo Cruz the best romantic comedy in years,well directed by crowe 5 stars
2/25/00 Bozo Tom rises to the occasion in a male love story masquerading as popular entertainment 4 stars
1/31/00 JASON SUCKED!!!!!!!! 1 stars
12/05/99 PurityJustBegs Common sense tells me that I should not have liked this film. and I didn't. I loved it! 5 stars
8/24/99 Angel Goes to show that Tom Cruise doesn't really know how to stretch himself creatively... 2 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Bollocks. 2 stars
5/28/99 Lisa I can't believe this crap was nominated for an Oscar! So hokey. 1 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson I really like this movie gosh darn it. 5 stars
3/02/99 Rachel I fully enjoyed this film. Not just because of Tom Cruise, either. Regina King ruled in it! 5 stars
2/19/99 Piz Great date movie for everyone, heartfelt and touching at times. 5 stars
2/01/99 Vick Di Brecci I wouldn't wipe your ass with this movie 1 stars
1/17/99 Melissa Loved it. Nuff said. 5 stars
12/11/98 Scion of Graveheart They rated the flick with a "G" rating in Canada. Kinda predictable, is it? Yup. 5 stars
12/07/98 Lindsay Great film, loved it. 5 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Yeah, it worked for me. Chalk it up to Crowe. (Though I am a Tom fan, too) 4 stars
9/29/98 katherine how can u ppl LIKE this crap?? i hated it sooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/09/98 Bruce Willis' mama. A really well written film. Got me in the end. 5 stars
9/06/98 Johny Very Good movie, loses points for overlong running time 4 stars
9/05/98 Kid Pee-Pee I really dug this movie. Which is weird because I hate Cruise like poison. 5 stars
9/05/98 Jon Great flick. Made me finally respect Cruise as an actor. 5 stars
9/04/98 Badass A sweet movie! 5 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy good movie, kinda predictable. 4 stars
8/25/98 Pete Big studios can actually make good flicks. Maybe my fave Cruise role. Loved Renee! 5 stars
8/25/98 The Capital City Goofball This film was great. Well written, well acted. Zell rules. 5 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress YES! YES! YES! sorry, i got excited. 4 stars
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