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Sweet November (2001)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Taglines: She Just Needed A Month To Change His Life For Ever.

Director: Pat O'Connor

Writers: Herman Raucher, Paul Yurick, Kurt Voelker

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann, ...

The story centers around a man and a woman, whose fates are intertwined and will change forever. Nelson is an avid advertiser living in San Francisco. One day, during a driving test, he meets Sara, a beautiful but seemingly eccentric woman. But, she is falsely accused of cheating and ends up failing the test because of Nelson. After getting kicked out of the exam, Sara waits for him outside and starts to insult him. However, Nelson ignores her and takes off. Then, she traces him down and shows up at his place. She promises to leave him alone only if he gives her a ride. Later that night, she asks him to live with her throughout November on the promise that his life will change for the better. He turns her down saying that he has a girlfriend. On the first day of November, after being fired and dumped on the very same day, Nelson decides to give it a try and then somehow, agrees to spend the whole month with Sara and finds himself in a desperate love affair that he will remember for ...

75 | Mick LaSalle

Neither a masterpiece nor a remake of one, but its wistfulness is infectious, and its melancholy mood lingers for days.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle


It's a small film, and a far from perfect one, but it allows her (Theron) to extend her range as no previous role has done.

58 | William Arnold

Anyone in the market for a bittersweet romantic comedy could do worse.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

50 | Michael Atkinson

If the movie works on its own insipid level, it's because of high-gear star power -- 50 times the captivator Dennis ever was, Theron is terrific at creating adorable intimacy with little help from the script or director and exudes more guileless élan than any of the film's many puppies.
Read More: Village Voice

50 | David Edelstein

He's (Reeves) not as good as he was playing a menacing Georgia wife-beater in The Gift, but he's an awfully convincing jerk.
Read More: Slate

50 | David Sterritt

The sweetest thing about Sweet November (a remake of the 1968 movie) is the on-screen magic between Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves. But that's pretty much where the magic ends.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

42 | Kim Morgan

It's classic movie manipulation gone amok.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

40 | Stephanie Zacharek

Does neither of its leads any favors. But they fill their roles admirably, and then some. Time and again, in a movie that repeatedly threatens mawkishness, you can sense them gently steering away just in the nick of time.
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40 | Lisa Alspector

It's all corny and contrived and usually sensitive. The filmmakers even dare to show the effects of illness--a subject frequently glamorized to the point of being insulting--in a love scene of rare honesty.
Read More: Chicago Reader

40 | Todd McCarthy

A contrived but entirely workable premise is given a well-tooled treatment in Sweet November, a femme-slanted doomed romance with a heavily calculated feel to it.
Read More: Variety

38 | Carrie Rickey

If Sweet November were a puppy, it would have rabies.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

38 | Susan Wloszczyna

November is when we eat turkey, and Sweet November is pretty much a fat, juicy gobbler passed off as Valentine's Day date bait.
Read More: USA Today

30 | Kevin Maynard

This is one of those movies in which there are only two types of people: officious yuppie pricks, and the beautiful folks who stop and smell the daisies. What keeps it (barely) from being completely intolerable is Keanu Reeves' hilariously awful lead performance.
Read More: Mr. Showbiz

30 | Kevin Thomas

A film that means to be seductive but merely progresses from the contrived to the manipulative.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

30 | Maitland McDonagh

This whimsical weeper gets off to an awkward start and never finds its footing.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

30 | Robert Horton

Charlize Theron has charm and skill, but no actress could survive this role, which has the gravity and verisimilitude of a sketch from a late-sixties Nancy Sinatra TV special.
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25 | Roger Ebert

Passes off pathological behavior as romantic bliss. It's about two sick and twisted people playing mind games and calling it love.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

25 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

A very low grade romantic drama indeed, a love story with all the life and death intensity of a heat rash.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

25 | Jami Bernard

A hellacious stew of romance and tragedy that gives the words "screwball" and "pathos" a bad name.
Read More: New York Daily News

25 | Curtis Morgan

The enigma of Reeves, sort of a human black hole on screen, works well in "The Matrix" but it drains the life from weepy romance.
Read More: Miami Herald

20 | Dana Stevens

The film's last half-hour -- or do I mean its final two weeks? -- is meant to keep the audience sniffling and sobbing uncontrollably, but the only thing likely to elicit tears is the sight of Mr. Reeves dressed in a white dinner jacket crooning "Time After Time."
Read More: The New York Times

20 | Desson Thomson

A front-end collision of a romance.
Read More: Washington Post

20 | Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

This feeble remake offers little more than two pretty and willing leads who nonetheless can't hide their embarrassment over being set up as distractions to hide the film's thorough lack of coherence and appeal.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

20 | Marc Savlov

Get out your handkerchiefs. No, scratch that -- get out a pair of windshield wipers and staple them to your brow. Perhaps they'll obscure the screen.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

20 | Peter Travers

Beware all male viewers who enter here, you are in chick-movie hell.
Read More: Rolling Stone

20 | Staff (Not credited)

It could be said that Reeves is one of the great manifestations of the mysteriousness of stardom. He gives the worst performance in Sweet November, and he's the best thing about it.
Read More: Dallas Observer

10 | Stephen Hunter

Shamelessly manipulative in a crude, bullying way.
Read More: Washington Post