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Critics reviews
The Intern
Nancy Meyers United States, 2015
Where The Intern deserves a special salute is in how much it trusts the audience to not need the kind of forced misunderstandings and ageist punchlines you might expect from this setup. Instead, Ben and Jules both bring something to their companionship, with Ben opening himself to new experiences and bringing years of expertise to advise Jules, who’s caught in a work-life balance dilemma that for once doesn’t end with a female character being punished for caring about her job.
February 01, 2016
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Meyers isn’t a gifted director, and her meandering scripts mark her as an even less talented writer, but she’s unquestionably committed to her auteurist signature of giving her female protagonists their cake and letting them eat it too, even if she fails to give moviegoers what they want. And so it’s an either lucky or fatal stroke of serendipity that The Intern pits Meyers’s upper-middle-class benevolence against Hathaway’s latent Veruca Salt syndrome.
October 11, 2015
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The intersection of old- and new-school values and takes centre stage in The Intern, writer-director Nancy Meyers’s latest breezy, blandly entertaining confection… As a comedy, it’s infinitely more palatable than the notionally similar The Internship (2013)… It falls short on real laughs, frequently option instead for baggy sentiment, particularly in a latter half that veers away from its engaging odd-couple pairing.
October 02, 2015
If [Meyers] can’t quite succeed this time, it’s not for want of trying. Sharply misjudging how much hand-on-shoulder dad advice is too much, the whole film’s so genial it could smile, and smile, and smother you while it smiles.
October 01, 2015
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Its stars keep The Intern afloat, even when it starts to get repetitive and ends on a rather lame note – and of course it panders shamelessly, but it’s hard to begrudge baby-boomers their occasional moment of glory. “Musicians don’t retire, they stop when there’s no more music left in them,” intones Ben wisely. “Well, I still have music in me!” Thousands of grey-crowned heads nod in agreement.
September 28, 2015
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There’s not much here story-wise. But when Meyers wants to write an involving scene with characters thinking and feeling the way humans think and feel, you want to applaud… De Niro has rarely been an actor you keep a camera on for a quiet, comedic reaction shot, but [Meyers] never cuts away from him, and he never disappoints, rolling and darting his eyes.
September 25, 2015
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The Intern," while having its share of silly moments, is the most genuinely enjoyable and likable movie that Meyers—a longtime writer and producer before taking up directing—has put her name to since, oh, I don’t know, 1984’s "Irreconcilable Differences.
September 25, 2015
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The psychological portraiture on which “The Intern” is based—that of an extraordinarily capable young woman named Jules (Anne Hathaway) who has taken an Internet startup from zero to major in eighteen months but is in danger of being pushed out of the top slot in the firm—is sharply drawn from life, albeit sweetened and shaded. It’s not a whole picture of an inner landscape but the details that it reproduces are uncompromisingly clear and precise.
September 25, 2015
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For most of its running time, The Intern gets off on De Niro’s amiability and Hathaway’s sweet energy… [By the end, it] degenerates into a series of monologues about ambition and relationships and having it all. As the speeches pile up, our goodwill dissipates, and so does the film’s magic.
September 25, 2015
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Ben doesn’t sweep up the damsel like Daniel Day-Lewis in “The Last of the Mohicans,” but he proves more than up to the task. Ms. Meyers’s script makes sure that’s the case, as does the smartest choice she makes in “The Intern”: Mr. De Niro, her loosest, most valuable player.
September 24, 2015
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Even the most lightly seasoned moviegoer will see The Intern’s generation-gap lesson plan from a mile away, but the film coasts on confidence: of its two headliners, and of Meyers’s surprisingly nimble, detailed screenplay.
September 23, 2015
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Meyers can’t resist adding lots of godawful mischievous, tiptoeing-elf music (courtesy of composer Theodore Shapiro). The spongy subtext of this and every Meyers movie is “We’re being serious, but we’re also being FUN!” No viewer must ever be made to think too much, feel too much, or be left out. She doesn’t so much tell a story as lead a team-building exercise.
September 22, 2015
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This is smooth white-linen entertainment, unmistakably of a piece with the plush oeuvre of writer-director Nancy Meyers. Yet it takes all the leads’ considerable combined charm to forestall the aftertaste of the pic’s smug life lessons and near-comically blinkered worldview.
September 22, 2015
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