• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Alan Poul
    In Theaters:
    Apr 23, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 24, 2010
  • CBS Films

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The Back-up Plan Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
Christine Champ
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

May 6, 2011
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

May 6, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Why call it a movie when it's really more of an extended, cutesy TV episode that ought to come with a laugh track and a vibrator?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 28, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

April 26, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's no big surprise that Lopez can still get laughs; she has a relaxed way with the camera that has mellowed and ripened over the years.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 23, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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To prep for The Back-up Plan, shed all notions of how grown-ups behave in the real world.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

April 23, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Someone involved in the making of The Back-Up Plan, a not very good and yet painless waste of time, has certainly thought through some life and love questions.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 23, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Why even bother?

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 23, 2010
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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The Back-Up Plan's blunt honesty about the messiness of pregnancy is refreshing. It's a shame that the movie couldn't find a similarly refreshing way to tell its uninspired love story.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Lopez, appearing in her first rom-com since Monster-in-Law five years ago, is still a likable screen presence who throws herself into the movie's slapstick sequences with unwarranted enthusiasm.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 23, 2010
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It shows us Jenny from the Block is still flawlessly beautiful, while proving the theory that Hollywood is working on its last and only idea in the romantic-comedy genre.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 23, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Lopez works visibly hard to keep things light, while O'Loughlin's flat performance suggests that he's either deeply uncomfortable or just struggling to hide his Australian accent.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 23, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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No matter how many times director Alan Poul tries lighting the fire, nothing ignites.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this movie, but if you were tied down and forced to watch it, you wouldn't necessarily have to chew off your own leg to get away.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 23, 2010
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

April 23, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Stan and Zoe's fateful meeting is supposed to be screwball-awkward but instead comes off as skin-crawlingly uncomfortable, and despite the entirely conventional demands of the plot, the duo never seem remotely at ease with each other.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 22, 2010
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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A romantic comedy about single motherhood -- or mom-rom-com -- that manages to be both bland and offensive.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 22, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.

Full Review Source: USA Today

April 22, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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As a romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan is friendly but also a bit drab. Its true subject isn't love so much as the comedy of pregnancy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

April 22, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Can I just go watch Date Night again? Please? Thanks.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 22, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film isn't exactly a groundbreaking work of entertainment, but it passes the time engagingly.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 22, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What's so disappointing about movies like The Back-up Plan -- which is to say every romantic comedy that's opened in the last two years -- is that they're risk averse.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Back-up Plan is cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Since they get together pretty early, the rest of the movie consists of contrived flare-ups that threaten to keep them apart.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 22, 2010
Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Jennifer Lopez's The Back-Up Plan is the most generic of romantic comedies.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

April 22, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As romantic comedies go, this is the worst drivel I've seen since Nia Vardalos's I Hate Valentine's Day.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 22, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The characters are meant to be attractive and likable, but they come off like narcissistic divas.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 22, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Jennifer Lopez has never looked better. That's about all she does here, is look better. She is talented and deserves more than this bird-brained plot about characters who have no relationship to life as it is lived by, you know, actual people.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 22, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's dramatically vanilla, suffers from sit-com humor tendencies, lacks a compelling romance, and struggles to find a convincing performance.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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They're treading woefully familiar ground with The Back-Up Plan, a movie that could have used one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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For all the profanity (quite a bit) and sexual sass, this CBS Films product plays even more like a TV movie than its debut project, Extraordinary Measures.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A winning performance by Jennifer Lopez overcomes a formulaic and predictable rom-com that involves a planned pregnancy.

April 8, 2010
Brian Lowry
Variety
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This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2010
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