• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Robert Cary
    In Theaters:
    Jun 23, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 29, 2008
  • Magnolia Pictures

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Ira and Abby Reviews

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Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com

If Dharma and Greg went to therapy--a lot--you might end up with something like Robert Cary's appealing but uneven romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Westfeldt's screenplay and Cary's direction combine to make it the best Manhattan love story since When Harry Met Sally.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

October 4, 2007
Jessica Pallington
About.com

Writer and producer Westfeldt revisits the terrain of love and misunderstanding with the same breezy, romantic tone of Kissing Jessica Stein.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 1, 2007
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ira & Abby is a comedy of errors that makes very few along the way.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 28, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Muddle-headed.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

September 22, 2007
Pam Grady
Reel.com

It is a pleasant enough way to while away 90 minutes, but lacks the consistency of the weight to make it more than a genial diversion.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 22, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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...Ira & Abby radiates a breathless charm, due in no small part to Ms. Westfeldt's sharp dialogue and engagingly unmannered performance.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The nicest surprise of the week -- not just nice but amazing -- is a comedy called Ira and Abby.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 18, 2007
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical

Ira and Abby is far from being an unlikable movie. It has a charming lunacy about it, which allows for much enjoyment, or at least comfortable, familiar, routine easiness (like a marriage).

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A romantic comedy about a kooky couple that sinks in a whirlpool of therapeutic clichés.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

September 15, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A formidable crowd-pleaser.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Neither Westfeldt's sunny charm nor the best efforts of a stellar supporting cast can haul her formulaic screenplay out of its tired shtick.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2007
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Ira & Abby wants to explore the state of modern marriage, but finds the allure of romantic-comedy fantasies impossible to resist.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2007
Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

A deeply funny follow-up to Kissing Jessica Stein from that film's co-writer and co-star Westfeldt.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

For every odd laugh it earns, also induces twice as many groans for obviousness and coincidence-fraught comic straining.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 14, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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This round-robin of marital malaise has more integrity than one might expect from its meet-cute beginnings.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 13, 2007
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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Annie Hall called, and it wants its plot back.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 11, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Amidst its inquiry into the feasibility of monogamy, marriage, and true love, Ira & Abby raises a more pressing issue: Is this all there is to mainstream indie filmmaking?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Though Westfeldt has a winning way with a punch line and a perky screen presence that is very much in the Diane Keaton/Jenna Elfman mode, the picture ultimately feels like yesterday's brisket.

July 14, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

We're in Woody Allen/Christopher Guest territory here with a bright, fast-paced sitcom without the required happy ending.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

July 10, 2007
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