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It's Complicated Reviews

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Nick Schager
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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January 15, 2010
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Anna Smith
Time Out
January 8, 2010
Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2009
[Meyers has] given us her thinnest slice of comic relationship angst yet, proving, I guess, that you actually can be too thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 28, 2009
Writer-director Meyers, who's devoted much of her career to midlife American arousal, that she loses her sense of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 28, 2009
Simply put, It's Complicated is a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 28, 2009
Streep's dilemma is handled well enough for the movie to accumulate some gravitas as it nears the two-hour mark.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 26, 2009
There are four reasons to see this movie and writer-director Nancy Meyers isn't one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 26, 2009
It's Complicated is basically Wild Hogs for smart people, big stars playing below their gifts in a crowd-pleasing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 25, 2009
It's Complicated unleashes an unabashedly, desperately romantic side of Baldwin that we haven't seen before. He doesn't steal this movie so much as grant all Streep's fluttering and twirling and hand-fanning an exuberant counterweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 25, 2009
There's nothing inherently wrong with a little fantasy; indeed, a lot of us like gazing at lavishly set tables and meticulously chosen throw pillows. But It's Complicated suffers from terminal niceness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 25, 2009
Nancy Meyers never pushes for a hard truth when she can reach for an easy laugh. She's like an industrial device, stamping out 100 percent pure-plastic midlife female fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 25, 2009
Actually, Hollywood, it's very simple: If you're lucky enough to rope pros like Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin into a formulaic comedy that's clearly beneath them, you rise to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 25, 2009
The romantic comedy about a divorced couple having an affair manages to be both light on its feet and heavy enough to deliver something of a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2009
A movie that's one-third hilarious is better than no thirds at all, but look at the cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Doesn't that promise a somewhat larger fraction of laughs?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2009
I enjoyed the spectacle of middle-aged people making spectacles of themselves. And I appreciated the film's gentle understanding of how the romance of a parent affects the children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2009
For Streep, as always, acting is anything but complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 25, 2009
The truth is that everyone needs a little coddling, which could be the key to Ms. Meyers's peculiar talent: She pampers her audience shamelessly.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 24, 2009
Snappy dialogue and an up-tempo pop soundtrack add to It's Complicated's entertaining mix as director Nancy Meyers proves again that she has a deft hand with rom-coms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 24, 2009
Meyers demonstrates, as she did in Something's Gotta Give and The Holiday, an extraordinarily limited worldview.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2009
Meyers does her job pretty well. She's a clever contriver, adept at adding a patina of apparent relevance, even a veneer of feminism, to situations that are otherwise bogus and artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2009
It's Complicated is a rearrangement of the goods in Nancy Meyers' bakery, and some of them belong on the day-old shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 24, 2009
Yes, it coulda had more laughs, but in the spirit of seasonal good cheer, let me predict that the best-chocolate-croissant-making montage in Hollywood history is going to help this one clean up at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2009
With a story that by turns defies and adheres to formulas, It's Complicated ends up being one of the end-year's best sources of pure entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 23, 2009
Beneath this movie's gleaming high-end surfaces beats the heart of a classic screwball comedy.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 23, 2009
Meyers uses musical montages and shoots the principals doubling over in laughter in place of crafting witty dialogue. Escapism has its place at the movies, but something this slick is like a lavishly wrapped but empty Christmas present.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 23, 2009
Meyers has dropped something a bit more subtle than her usual anvil. This one is more like a mere tire iron, but at least we've got Baldwin: He's the pixie dust that chases away the ensuing headache.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 23, 2009
I found myself wishing for more shallows and fewer depths.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 23, 2009
The empowerment message is obvious, the strain of trying to be "hip" and edgy in the script shows. But Meyers sets the table for funny people to deliver laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 23, 2009
Say this for Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin: They're professionals, and their relaxed chemistry and good humor together carries the film surprisingly far.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
Does Nancy Meyers hate women?
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2009
It's simply a good time, a relatively adult and easygoing conveyance for three ace performers of a certain age, working through a few comic machinations created by writer-director Nancy Meyers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 22, 2009
A silly but mostly delectable holiday confection guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep it there.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2009
You don't have to feel guilty for lapping up this froth. Just don't expect nourishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 21, 2009
The story's not entirely predictable. Yet it's anything but complicated.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
December 21, 2009
Streep and Baldwin are terrific, and if you like your romance bittersweet you won't want to miss this one.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 21, 2009
This is a comfort zone for such viewers even if the characters are no more real than the models in Vanity Fair ads.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 11, 2009
It's Complicated is middle-aged porn, the specialty of Meyers, 
 who also set ladies and interior 
 decorators drooling over homes and gardens in 2006's The Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 10, 2009
Cute and clever though the plot may be, everything is played out in the broadest possible terms without an iota of nuance or subtlety.