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Maid in Manhattan (2002)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 88

Too blandly generic, Maid in Manhattan also suffers from a lack of chemistry between Lopez and Fiennes.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 25

Too blandly generic, Maid in Manhattan also suffers from a lack of chemistry between Lopez and Fiennes.



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Can a wealthy Republican politician find happiness with a chambermaid from the Bronx? One man is about to find out, though he hardly realizes it at first, in this romantic comedy from director Wayne Wang. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who is raising her gifted but under-confident son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey) on her own, with some help from her mother Veronica (Priscilla Lopez), after divorcing her husband. Marisa works as a housekeeper at the exclusive Beresford Hotel in


Drama, Romance, Comedy

John Hughes

Mar 25, 2003


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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (88) | DVD (27)

Talented individuals labour over the contrivances in this lightweight romance, and if the result's fluff, at least it's painless.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Instead of a fairy tale, we have a tale told without imagination. It's Cinderella gone stale.

March 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Not so much a movie as a collection of career moves.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Problem is, there really isn't any dialogue here that suggests that Marisa is truly sassy, or charming, or candid, or that the would-be senator is either brilliant or senatorial, or that her accent-less son is not simply on loan from Hogwarts.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's a charming romantic fantasy.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A lovably old-school Hollywood confection.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Undeniably pleasing if not particularly memorable.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The usual cookie cutter romantic comedy material you'd expect from Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

So routine that just about everyone involved looks bored.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

When we catch ourselves sighing at the end, we get mad that we've fallen for this same old formula all over again. But mad in a nice way.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This piece of fluff is nothing more than a wanna-be "Pretty Woman." Pass, please.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

Maid In Manhattan ultimately leaves nothing whatsoever for the viewer to grasp. . .leaving another dead carcass of Hollywood convention packed away and frozen for reheating by audiences who can find nothing else in the cupboard to eat.

June 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

Maid in Manhattan works because it's charming, and enjoyable.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source:

The rags-to-riches plot should keep hopeless romantics happy, but you just can't help wondering what Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock and a team of decent joke writers might have achieved with this one.

April 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Funcionando (ainda que rasteiramente) como um romancezinho água-com-açúcar, Encontro de Amor pode até ser um passatempo inofensivo, mas certamente você encontrará opções melhores em sua locadora.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Leave reality at the concession stand along with your $20 for popcorn, candy and a large drink.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Director Wayne Wang coaxes such terrible performances from his cast it's difficult to tell who is most appalling.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

'Carente de imaginación, mal dirigida, peor actuada y sin un ápice de romance, es una verdadera pérdida de tiempo y dinero'

March 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

The story strikes a delicate balance between the Cinderella legend, where the charming prince rescues her from a dreary life, and the self-help notion of working to get a better job.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's a condescending, totally unbelievable film made worse by poor dialogue, acting and directing, all strung together by a laughably cliched Cinderella story. .

March 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Like Pretty Woman but without the laughs. Or the chemistry.

March 8, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

An enchanting Cinderella story, Maid In Manhattan rises above the city skyscrapers to offer a delightful interlude for those who love happily-ever-after entertainment. A mix of Pretty Woman, You've Got Mail and Notting Hill, here's a film whose whole is m

March 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The script is so lazy it snores, and Wayne Wang directs like he walked onto the wrong set - true enough, in its way.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The bizarre casting sets the tone for a romantic comedy which mistakes asinine for amusing.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Maid in Manhattan

This is an enjoyable sunday afternoon movie! Its light hearted cute and amusing, sends a message as well. Enjoyable.
July 2, 2013
Film Crazy

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Actually not bad. There's no goofy, embarrassing hijinx like in other romantic comedies. The mistaken identity plot is played straight. The socioeconomic commentary is adequate for what is primarily a love story, and I like how Marisa's son gets to build a bond with his mother's suitor too. There is also no given that Chris and Marisa live happily ever after. The magazine covers in the credits say, "One year and still going strong." Nice touch, movie.
January 3, 2013

Super Reviewer

Cute, silly rom-com with Lopez and Ralph Fiennes an unexpectedly compatible team. Natasha Richardson is most amusing playing a society nitwit.
December 8, 2012
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

An ok Rom-Com with a good cast line up. The story is about love crossing a social, class divide. It's very similar in ways to Pretty Woman and more so Notting Hill....with a touch of Cinderella. Far from original, but quite watchable, there are far worse ones out there!
August 5, 2011

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    1. Marisa Ventura: I got a big butt.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
    1. Christopher Marshall: From the English patient to this.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
    1. Rufus the Dog: Arf, arf, arf! Bow-wow!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
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