Director Nancy Meyers has always captured white suburban middle-aged ennui. With “The Intern,” she turns her attention to a Brooklyn startup headed by a young, ably determined CEO (Anne Hathaway) who battles with her equally capable 70-year-old intern (Robert De Niro), who is hoping not to lose out on the rest of his post-retirement years.
Critics are split on the film. The general consensus: if you love Meyers, like Hathaway, and don’t mind a decent performance from De Niro, it might be good enough to make for a decent night out at the movies.
Guy Lodge, Variety
“Behind at least one successful woman stands an older, wiser man. That, at least, is the chief takeaway from ‘The Intern,’ a perky generation-gap fable that sneaks some surprisingly conservative gender politics into its stainless new world of online startups and amply product-placed Macbooks.”
Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
“It’s astonishing to watch De Niro — who has been great in great movies, like ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and ‘Taxi Driver,’ and sometimes just as good or even better in imperfect ones like ‘New York, New York’ — and realize that he’s just as capable as any other actor of slouching through a film like a lump of mold making its way down a tree limb. It’s as if he’s trying to keep all traces of actual personality or verve under wraps.”
James Rocchi, The Wrap
“Long on kitchen-design erotica and short on conflict, ‘The Intern’ is a cozy slanket of a movie, one that wraps you up in a suffocating hug and tries to waterboard you with the milk of human kindness.”
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“‘The Intern’ skims both humor and pathos without ever quite settling on either; even in an apparent crisis, the tone remains as plush and soft-cornered as one of Meyers’ ubiquitous throw pillows.”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes
“Nancy Meyers’s ‘The Intern’ is a near-perfect studio programmer, the kind of mainstream multiplex fare that adult moviegoers and critics say we never get anymore. It is intelligent, empathetic, insightful, and charming to a fault, with great star turns from De Niro and Hathaway. This is Nancy Meyers’s best film as a writer and a director, and I hope Hollywood allows her to make another one in fewer than six years this time.”