Rated 4.0

This lean, low-key story about love, fate, commitment, deception, feelings of guilt and both personal and professional spin control is this year’s best date movie. Affleck and Paltrow’s tabloid-touted chemistry has been harnessed and honed into a slowly mushrooming, emotional depth charge as farfetched plot points are softened by soulful performances, credible compassion and gem-like pockets of dialogue.