Reese Witherspoon’s new romantic comedy is, um, heaven-sent for movie reviewers and their headline-writing editors. A lot of critics were creeped out by Just Like Heaven’s premise (Witherspoon plays a comatose doctor who romances her apartment’s new tenant, Mark Ruffalo, via astral projection), but many didn’t mind just because the actress is so darn cute and sweet. So, in addition to the expected wordplay on ”heaven,” ”spirit,” ”dead,” and the like, there were several critics who resorted instead to sugar puns and metaphors. Thankfully, no one turned to Dante and called the film a divine comedy.
‘Heaven’ Help Us:
Louisville Courier-Journal: Stars make film heavenly
Salt Lake Tribune: Romantic comedy is almost heavenly
Detroit News: ‘Heaven’ falls short of divine
New York Newsday: ‘Heaven’ knows this pair is good
Whines and spirits:
Los Angeles Daily News: Moved by the spirit
Birmingham News: Caught up in the spirit: Sweet story overcomes Idiot Plot
New York Post: Getting in the spirit
Ottawa Sun: A spirited diversion
Charlotte Observer: As sweet as cotton candy
Orlando Sentinel: Complete fluff but so adorable!
Denver Post: Sweet Reese goes sour in sugary comedy
Detroit Free Press: JUST LIKE SUGAR: ‘Heaven’ is way too sweet
Which other movie does this remind us of?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Far from ‘Heaven’
Boston Herald: Death becomes her: Despite Witherspoon’s charm, ‘Just Like Heaven’ falls short
Arizona Daily Star: Wanna see a movie? ‘Heaven’ can wait
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Just Like Heaven: To workaholic doc’s spirit, it’s a wonderful afterlife
New York Times: A Wonderful Afterlife, but Must Share Bath
St. Paul Pioneer Press: All saps go to heaven