Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Having tried their luck with dark comedies like Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris, directors Glen Ficarra and John Requa decided to take a shot at the romantic comedy/drama genre. Crazy, Stupid, Love. was billed as a light, romantic comedy with moments of real life drama existing, but the actuality of it was flipped. Crazy, Stupid, Love. was much more of a romantic drama with real life comedy dropped in occasionally. It was Steve Carell‘s chance to play a more serious role and it was Ryan Gosling‘s moment to regain the trust of all those young ladies by taking off his shirt again and playing the heartthrob. Add supporting player’s like Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore and Kevin Bacon and you got a studio film that isn’t afraid to take risks and become a little dark and depressing when needed."