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The Ex (2007)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 81

The Ex suffers from inept direction and characters that are either unsympathetic or plain unpleasant to watch.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 30

The Ex suffers from inept direction and characters that are either unsympathetic or plain unpleasant to watch.



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Tom Reilly and his wife Sofia are in for some major changes now that they have a newborn. As a lawyer, Sofia has always provided a comfortable living while Tom has contributed love, support and the occasional paycheck. When Sofia decides to be a stay-at-home mom all that changes. Tom moves the family to Ohio to work for his father-in-law as an assistant associate creative for Sunburst Communications. His boss Chip happens to still carry a torch for Sofia from their high school days. Each time


Comedy, Romance

David Guion, Michael Handelman

Aug 21, 2007


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (81) | DVD (4)

Mildly amusing but far too timid.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Though Bateman rolls through the film with sly comic skill, the whole exercise seems half-baked -- a high concept and some funny gags that do not a great comedy make.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Braff has a natural likability, but the screenplay gives him so many stupid, far-fetched and annoying things to do that The Ex loses credibility quickly.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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What if Zach Braff acted in one more quarter-life-crisis movie, and instead of Sundance it went straight to video? If only that's what had happened to The Ex.

May 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's good to have Grodin back onscreen after an extended absence; it's just a shame it has to be in this dreary graveyard of wasted opportunities.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Delayed, re-titled and presumably at least partially re-shot, Jesse Peretz's troubled office-bound romantic comedy The Ex is as half-baked as you'd expect it to be, but the better half -- the office half -- really does cook.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Jokes just somehow hung in the air instead of collecting their laugh and moving on.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

It should be good. It's got a well-known, talented cast from top to bottom and the subject of ex-boyfriends is limitless. Instead it has the feel of a straight-to-DVD failure.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Uneven Braff comedy OK, but lacks ex-citement.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This movie ain't all that funny.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

All in all, this flick is sure to make even the staunchest movie-goer reassess his or her notions about date movies. It's a "laugh out loud on more than one occasion" kind of movie full of good writing, good acting and characters you'll become invested in

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Here's a quirky comedy that has its moments %u2013 many of which we've seen before in previous films.

June 10, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The whole movie is so generic feeling and such a blatant waste of precious smart-comedy resources, I can't advise anyone to see it. I gave it Network with Snacks because Jason Bateman needs a vehicle for his brilliance wherever he can get one.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

Zach Braff brings what he always does -- a basic mopey charm, some sarcasm, even a rudimentary self-awareness.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Similar to Are We Done Yet? this insipid comedy pits the idiotic hero against an impossibly perfect villain. As a result, the movie has no intelligent, truthful or sympathetic characters.

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The movie's rhythm is off-kilter and oddly paced. Moreover, the film's script seems truncated at points; a lot of the plot details feel underdeveloped.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Even if The Ex doesn't always work, on some level you have to respect a summer Hollywood comedy that is daring enough to make you want to see the guy in the wheelchair thrown down the stairs.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The Ex had the potential. The problem is that it just doesn't follow through. Perhaps given the deep cast and the possible exploration on the changing tides of the familial unit I had my hopes too high.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

By displaying a little more nerve, the filmmakers could have had a vicious pit bull of a comedy, on the order of Kingpin or The War of the Roses.

May 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The Ex is a sitcom posing as a feature film.

May 15, 2007

The film is superficially a necklace of disparate gags, a dozen comedic scenes organized and tied together via a character or relationship study. A closer look reveals that it achieves more than ninety minutes of sufficiently entertaining laughs.

May 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's the smart dialogue and plain old darn witty ideas at the core of this film that lift it above the average Hollywood comedy.

May 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Ex

This movie is hilarious
August 22, 2014

Super Reviewer

Appauling. Wasn't even that funny.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Occassionally funny but avoid if you can. Full review later.
August 21, 2010
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Pretty good movie, had quite a few smirks but not laughs, it's really a movie to be seen on DvD with some friends and some popcorn at your house or friends house, Very simple story..

In Manhattan, Sofia's an attorney and Tom's a cook who has a hard time holding a job. When their first child is born, they agree that she'll be a full-time mom and he'll get a promotion. When he gets fired, he takes a job in Ohio working at the ad agency where her father is assistant director. Tom's assigned to report to Chip, a competitive, hard-driving guy who's in a wheelchair and who's Sofia's ex-boyfriend - from high school. Chip still carries a torch for her, so he connives to make Tom's work life miserable. As Tom's frustrations mount, it may be that Sofia will take Chip's side. Is Tom doomed to fail yet again?
December 30, 2009
Manu Gino

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