...an authentic, dimensional human element animates the jokes and the characters with whom we spend a couple of highly satisfying hours.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...a lovely, sweet, funny, romantic, and supremely worthwhile endeavor that unfortunately takes longer to wrap up than it should.
—Nathan Rabin Onion AV Club
Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel's latest collaboration offers a more relatable rom-com scenario while generating laughs that should still satisfy Forgetting Sarah Marshall fans.
—John DeFore Hollywood Reporter
The film proves that neither gross-out gags nor pseudo-sophisticated Woody Allenisms are necessary to make a smart, funny comedy.
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
The Five-Year Engagement dutifully hits the marks of its genre, but it is also about the unpredictability of life and the everyday challenges of love. The sensitivity and honesty with which it addresses those matters is a pleasant surprise.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
...never runs on sitcom empty. How could it, with a terrific cast.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
In many ways, Engagement reflects both the best and worst of Stoller and Segel's creative collaborations.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
The story starts out well, then becomes contrived and goes on too long.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
It puts Emily Blunt in a wedding dress, which will appease the hopeless romantics in the house, even while making the institution of marriage seem ridiculously obsolete.
—John Anderson Variety
There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than a throwaway line, at least adds a bit of political reality to puncture Nicholas Stoller's limp, hermetic comedy of deferred nuptials.
—Melissa Anderson Village Voice