Did You Hear About the Morgans? Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 5, 2010
This ultra-mild frolic follows the 'fish-out-of-water' comedy formula so closely its lack of surprise is almost, well, surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 22, 2009
The movie is like a car wreck in which no one is injured but the onlookers.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
December 21, 2009
There's a scene where Hugh Grant confronts a grizzly bear and I've never rooted so hard for a predatory mammal.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 21, 2009
The cast is in such fine form that everything seems funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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December 21, 2009
While it fails on nearly every conceivable level, as a textbook case in everything contemptible in the studio system, Did You Hear About the Morgans? is as good as it gets.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 21, 2009
It's a pity there's no witness protection program for movies that commit crimes against audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2009
I grant you Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker evoke charm in the right screenplay. This is the wrong screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2009
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are assigned to a witness protection program, flown to Wyoming, and installed in a one-horse town where there are no bistros, art galleries, department stores, or funny jokes.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 21, 2009
Most bad comedies plod from scene to scene. This one plods from sentence to sentence. Grant and Parker stand around as if they're waiting for someone to yell, "Cut."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 18, 2009
Grant has never been less charming and Parker never less fashionable or more grating than they are as Paul and Meryl Morgan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 18, 2009
If you are expecting a pleasant evening of escapism, you will be cruelly fooled. The editor responsible for the trailer is clearly a genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 2009
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker ply their cute trademarks (his befuddled British grimace, her la-di-da New York sass) like grim, incompatible partners in a Hollywood business deal.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 18, 2009
Cliché-ridden, stereotype-stuffed and clunky at every inevitably false turn, it's so bad that star Hugh Grant, usually the most relaxed of actors, actually seems to be in pain throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 18, 2009
Yes, comedies thrive on broad strokes. But selling Americans lame images of one another as if we haven't traversed the country (if not in actuality, via television and film) is dispiriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
December 18, 2009
Mostly it's an invitation to spend an easy 108 minutes with some very likable folks (Grant, Sam Elliott, and Mary Steenburgen) as they amble through a laid-back fish-out-of-water comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 18, 2009
A comedy with mostly likable, broadly drawn characters; tart, nonthreatening social satire with sharp enough teeth to leave an impression while not breaking the skin; and well-timed, modestly sophisticated repartee.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Whipp
Associated Press
December 18, 2009
Did you hear about the Morgans? If so, you might wish you hadn't.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 18, 2009
Sometimes it's unpleasant, sometimes it's insincere, and for long stretches it's boring. There are good parts, too, but they all come in the first 10 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 18, 2009
A painful failure, lumpish and crude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2009
There's no sense of affection. No passion, even when they fight. Their dialogue rings hollow. These two aren't believable and their relationship is a black hole. Who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2009
An exercise in foregone conclusions so dreary as to hardly qualify as comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 17, 2009
You know the line about what a bear does in the woods? Not only is that wittier than all of Did You Hear About the Morgans?, it describes the movie as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2009
Did you hear about Did You Hear About the Morgans? Really, you don't want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 17, 2009
There are countless moments throughout the film when writer-director Marc Lawrence pauses for a laugh line, but the jokes hang there for an eternity while Grant winces apologetically, like he's just shattered a dish.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2009
Did You Hear About the Morgans? has no room for surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 17, 2009
Toss this one on the ever-growing pile of failed Hollywood romantic comedies, and wish Grant and Parker better luck next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
December 17, 2009
It's a thoroughly delightful throwaway -- the kind of movie for which cable TV was made.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2009
It's not just the sound of crickets you hear watching this movie. It's the sound of dead crickets.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 16, 2009
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are supposed to pass for a married couple, but they have all the chemistry of two actors who just met and shook hands moments before the cameras rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 16, 2009
Lawrence's recycled observations of the virtues of rural life, his struggles to find something funny about local "types" (an unworldly doctor and his naïve-nitwit nurse), his "grizzly encounter" scene, are painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 15, 2009
Not even the estimable comic chops of Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker can lift it above the level of ordinary.
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John Anderson
Variety
December 15, 2009
A fish-out-of-water story with a bit of a freshness issue.