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It's Complicated (2009)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 75

Despite fine work by an appealing cast, It's Complicated is predictable romantic comedy fare, going for broad laughs instead of subtlety and nuance.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 16

Despite fine work by an appealing cast, It's Complicated is predictable romantic comedy fare, going for broad laughs instead of subtlety and nuance.



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Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has -- after a decade of divorce -- an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable -- an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness, Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.


Comedy, Romance

Nancy Meyers

Apr 27, 2010


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All Critics (175) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (75) | DVD (5)

It's really not all that complicated. But it is entertaining. It's pure, simple fun, with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin playing Doris Day and Rock Hudson as they might have been if they had ruled in the sexually knowing oughts, instead of the virginal ear

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source:
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Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies of the season.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[Meyers has] given us her thinnest slice of comic relationship angst yet, proving, I guess, that you actually can be too thin.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Writer-director Meyers, who's devoted much of her career to midlife American arousal, that she loses her sense of fun.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (3)
Houston Chronicle
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Simply put, It's Complicated is a hoot.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Streep's dilemma is handled well enough for the movie to accumulate some gravitas as it nears the two-hour mark.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Pointlessly conveys throughout how important sex is in a relationship.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The only thing complicated about Nancy Meyers' latest rom-com is its depiction of familial relationships. Why do Meryl Streep's adult children keep on cuddling and squeezing one another?

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Alec Baldwin does the near impossible: he steals a Meryl Streep film from Meryl Streep.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

While it may be complicated for the characters, it's a simple formula for light movie entertainment.

June 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A charming cast of veteran pros are at the top of their comic game.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

Yes, there still are movies made for grown-ups in Hollywood, few and far between they may be.

May 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

an occasionally pleasant misfire, a romantic comedy that, despite its bright premise and superlative cast, isn't as smart as it should be.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Oscar talk surrounding It's Complicated is some way off, it's not a bad film, but it's certainly nothing to get excited about.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Meryl Streep, reinterested ex-hubby Alec Baldwin and new boyfriend Steve Martin are an irresistible love triangle set against the backdrop of beautiful Santa Barbara.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine | Comment (1)
Moving Pictures Magazine

Meyers doesn't have to do much besides put these silly dynamos next to one another and let them enjoy riffing.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Streep finally gets her chance to cut loose -- and her frisky, flirty Jane is a comic revelation.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Comment (1)
Salt Lake Tribune

Ao menos é consistente em sua mediocridade, errando até o último instante.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Comments (4)
Cinema em Cena

If a Pottery Barn catalog had a midlife crisis, it would look and feel something like It's Complicated.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Comments (2)
Fresno Bee

Streep and Baldwin sell it.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Streep, Baldwin, and Martin are having so much fun in this romantic comedy-drama that it's impossible not to get swept up in the good time they're having as well.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The film is lightweight, likable, rather overlong and a piece of wish-fulfilment.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Soft, warm, doughy comfort food it was no doubt intended to be. The screenplay is jovial; the actors twinkle and Mamma Mia! fans should love it.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

Rollicking and ribald, 'It's Complicated' is a comedy about passions and people 'of a certain age.'

January 14, 2010 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for It's Complicated

Well what do you know, Nancy Meyers has finally made a film that I've rated higher than half a star. Not because the story, script or directing has got any better but purely because I like Steve Martin and I thought Alec Baldwin was strangely watchable. Other than those reason I hated it. The kids where horrible, the adults weren't much better, the script was vomit-inducing and watching Alec Baldwin cup Meryl Streep's naughty bits and proclaim "It feels good to be home" and Meryl Streep declaring "I like a lot of semen" was more than I could take. If they weren't A - list celebrities, this would be passed off as another dumb 'Gross-out' movie. Needless to say I didn't like it. Meryl Streep is better than this.
June 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

Yes the general plotline is predictable but the brilliant performances from Baldwin, Martin and Streep overshadow all that. The most enjoyable romantic comedy I've seen in a while.
November 20, 2011
Graham Jones

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It's actually not that complicated: a woman has an affair with her ex-husband while engaging in a budding courtship with her architect.
I haven't seen all of Nora Ephron's films, but what strikes me about the ones I have seen are the reaction shots. In this film especially, every reaction shot displays the actor's pearly whites. It seems like people in Nora Ephron films are grotesquely, annoyingly happy all the time. And while this may seem like the ramblings of a hopeless cynic to some of you, I suggest that Ephron's emotional palette is restricted, and thus the stories she can tell and the notes the actors can play are also restricted. After all, the characters in this film are often dealing with heavy relationship-busting issues, but the shots in this film only display "aw-shucks" disappointment and life-is-beautiful glee.
Overall, Nora Ephron is now on my list of directors to avoid, and actors as good as Meryl Streep and Steve Martin can't come to the rescue.
June 30, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A great performance from Meryl Streep that has you laughing along with her and leaves you with a smile on your face. Shows you can have fun at whatever age. But with some consequences! A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Jane: Don't you ever eat at your house?
    2. Jake: Pedro dictates most meals and he has a very... limited palate.
    – Submitted by Adam K (2 years ago)
    1. Jane: Why are you naked?!
    2. Jake: Why do you think?!
    – Submitted by Siddharth S (2 years ago)
    1. Jake: And I like that you stopped getting bikini waxes. You've gone native. I was into it!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Jane: Do you poke smot?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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