The Back-up Plan Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Newark Star-Ledger
December 23, 2014
Just as in sitcoms, every conflict and resolution often takes place here within the very same scene.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 6, 2010
If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 28, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 26, 2010
The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 23, 2010
Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
April 23, 2010
To prep for The Back-up Plan, shed all notions of how grown-ups behave in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 23, 2010
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 23, 2010
Why even bother?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
April 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2010
No matter how many times director Alan Poul tries lighting the fire, nothing ignites.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 23, 2010
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2010
The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 22, 2010
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 22, 2010
A romantic comedy about single motherhood -- or mom-rom-com -- that manages to be both bland and offensive.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 22, 2010
This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 22, 2010
Can I just go watch Date Night again? Please? Thanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 22, 2010
The film isn't exactly a groundbreaking work of entertainment, but it passes the time engagingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2010
The Back-up Plan is cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 22, 2010
It's really two movies, one silly and one serious. Too bad neither is particularly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 22, 2010
Since they get together pretty early, the rest of the movie consists of contrived flare-ups that threaten to keep them apart.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 22, 2010
Jennifer Lopez's The Back-Up Plan is the most generic of romantic comedies.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 22, 2010
As romantic comedies go, this is the worst drivel I've seen since Nia Vardalos's I Hate Valentine's Day.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2010
The characters are meant to be attractive and likable, but they come off like narcissistic divas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 21, 2010
It's dramatically vanilla, suffers from sit-com humor tendencies, lacks a compelling romance, and struggles to find a convincing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 21, 2010
They're treading woefully familiar ground with The Back-Up Plan, a movie that could have used one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 8, 2010
A winning performance by Jennifer Lopez overcomes a formulaic and predictable rom-com that involves a planned pregnancy.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 8, 2010
This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.