This is a full-bore, PG-rated, sweet rom-com. It sticks to the track, makes all the scheduled stops and bears us triumphantly to the station. And it is populated by colorful characters, but then, when was the last time you saw a boring Irishman in a movie?
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
The director, Anand Tucker (Shopgirl), leaves things relatively uncluttered, which I appreciated. At the same time, I could have put that less generously -- as in, not very much surprising happens.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
The only bright spot in this formulaic rom-com turns out to be its leading lady.
—Leslie Gornstein E!
...a comfy fantasy...
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
It's a paint-by-numbers comedy, predictable from the first frame to the ultra-corny ending.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
—Joey Bartolomeo People
Leap Year is like most relationships: You keep waiting for it to get better, until you finally accept that it won't.
—Aaron Cutler Slant Magazine
...another rom-com without much rom or com.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
Free from sex or naughty language, Leap Year appears to have been designed for that huge mother-daughter matinee market, ahem. Trust me: Take mom to It's Complicated instead.
—Brian Miller Village Voice
If predictability were Leap Year's only sin, then it wouldn't have been so offensively turgid. But Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont's direly unfunny and almost anti-romantic screenplay doesn't seem to miss a single trick in the screenwriter's handbook of hand-me-down clichés.
—Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com