What Planet Are You From? Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
This movie wants to be sweet and dark at the same time, but it is as distant as a planet's satellite.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
A testicle-tweaking satire on men trying to get in touch with feelings most of them didn't know they had.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The film just sort of lies there -- inspiration gone, premise spent, synthentic possibilities utterly exhausted.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A rather sweet fable about sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If you're expecting humor of the Sanders quality here, you won't get it, nor will you find that Shandling has a wide enough range as an actor.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Consistently humorous, often downright funny.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The picture barely works as a silly adult sex farce, it isn't nearly freewheeling and naughty enough.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Just what the universe needs. A movie that forces you to fixate on Garry Shandling's crotch.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Easily the funniest movie of the year.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
How did smart people of proven talent make such a lame movie?
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Diverting.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Shandling and director Mike Nichols find a funny new way of packaging the old truth in What Planet Are You From?
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Thirteen year-old boys would love the film if they could get into this R-rated picture.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Bening, even in a formula role like this one, is so lovable she actually makes you believe that she'd melt the resolve of a technocratic space visitor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Bottom line, this is American Pie for boys-will -be- boys in the fiftysomething age range.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Bogs down in weak dramaturgy about love and commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gary Schwan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
The only eruption this movie evokes is a loud yawn.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
A film whose tone is out of sync with the simple, ribald conceit and is only mildly amusing at best.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Has a lot of jokes that register intellectually, but rarely does it poke you in a place where you can't help but squeal.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Whatever planet produced this sex comedy, it's not indicating many signs of intelligent life.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's amazing that a movie with so many sex jokes can turn out to be so unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
If you're making a movie about a man who has a strange noise coming from his pants, you should cast an actor who looks different when it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4