The Ex Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
May 11, 2007
Braff deserves better material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 10, 2007
There's a prescription for making an effective dark comedy: the film must generate equal parts discomfort and laughter. The Ex offers plenty of the former but precious little of the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
May 11, 2007
It's not worth ten bucks and parking, but it is a passable DVD rental which is where this sitcom-level script can be seen the way it should, on a 27-inch TV screen.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 10, 2007
A clunky, lead-footed disaster, the stunning incompetence of its script and direction only exceeded by the shocking array of talented and successful performers who struggle in it as though they are going down for the third time. In quicksand.
| Original Score: D
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
Jesse Peretz directs, and note how he treats the script (by David Guion and Michael Handelman) in its broadest slapstick elements. Not too well, that's how.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 10, 2007
The so-called comedy, which is really only a sacrificial lamb tossed in front of the "Spider-Man 3" behemoth, is about as funny as a foreclosure notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
May 11, 2007
Aspiring filmmakers should check it out as a lesson plan from Bizarro World: Make a movie that's the exact opposite of The Ex and it could be the funniest film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 11, 2007
Nothing is more of a downer than a movie that trots out a great cast and stumbles; that tries to be cutesy and fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
Mildly amusing but far too timid.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 10, 2007
Zach Braff is just about the world's most insufferable comedic actor, and The Ex does nothing to diminish that reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
Jokes just somehow hung in the air instead of collecting their laugh and moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
May 10, 2007
However bungled the execution, The Ex still features some undeniably funny material
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
May 9, 2007
Everything that can go wrong with a comedy like this does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Uneven Braff comedy OK, but lacks ex-citement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 10, 2007
It simultaneously feels truncated and interminable, and it grossly wastes the comic talents of Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Donal Logue and Charles Grodin, making his first movie in 13 years.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 11, 2007
It's a pretty twisted concept, bordering on offensive. But mostly it's just not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 27, 2009
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Urban Cinefile
April 28, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 11, 2007
Jason Bateman taps into the delicious mean-spiritedness of that show beautifully in this big-screen turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 12, 2007
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