The ever charming Will Smith has never done a romantic comedy before and that’s probably all he’ll ever do from now on. He’s a natural and, let’s face it, his action pictures have been getting less interesting and original of late.
Unfortunately, Smith and his outstanding supporting cast have a lot of heavy lifting in "Hitch." It has some clunky dialogue, some plot holes, and a rather odd ending. Without the sheer likeability of the cast, "Hitch" would have sunk. However, it’s easy to overlook the bad points because of all the high points the actors give us.
[2009: My pessimism was unfounded - Will Smith hasn't done any romantic comedies since, but has made a big splash with dramatic roles. After seeing "Hancock" (2008), I'm happy to see him stop playing superheroes.]