A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.
The trouble lies in the rambling narrative, Brooks' cautious direction and the cosy tone which renders the whole thing reminiscent of an extended sitcom.
Perhaps, though, it is Carol's (and Hunt's) ongoing commitment to emotional honesty and fair play that make it increasingly difficult to ignore the film's encroaching patterns of sentimentality and uninspired developments.
| Original Score: C+
It should be retitled "How Good It Couldn't Be."
As welcome as it is to have Helen Hunt starring in a romantic comedy, she's wrong for this part.
An inflated TV show by a sitcom creator.
| Original Score: 0/5
There are some funny and charming lines, but the film is overlong and it rambles a bit.
Nicholson struggles for the core of the man but never gets it; so, in most scenes, he resorts to working his face, with grimaces and sneering smiles and lip-pursings in place of acting.
The dialogue is intermittently clever, the situations preposterous and/or sentimental.
This movie was a nice try.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's not a whole lot of story here to prop up the constant emotional yanking.
| Original Score: 2/5
Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.
| Original Score: 4/5
...a precariously balanced movie, one that flirts with smugness. That it isn't awful is in some respects amazing.
| Original Score: B+
The movie succeeds at many moments even while pursuing its doomed grand design.
| Original Score: 3/4
By the time we leave the theater, the warmth of love has melted the coldest heart.
A solid contender this holiday season.
Not only one of the best romantic comedies of the year, but one of the best films in ages.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film is watchable, but tepid.
| Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
How [Brooks] emerged an abler artist is worth puzzling over; I suspect it has something to do with sheer instinct triumphing over industry machinery.
| Original Score: 4/4
This is Jack at his best, the kind of role that makes him a star. He gets to bear his teeth, take control of a room, and be devilishly cuddly at the same time.