Maid in Manhattan - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Maid in Manhattan Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Talented individuals labour over the contrivances in this lightweight romance, and if the result's fluff, at least it's painless.
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Charles Passy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2003
Instead of a fairy tale, we have a tale told without imagination. It's Cinderella gone stale.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
Not so much a movie as a collection of career moves.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
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.
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December 16, 2002
J. Lo will earn her share of the holiday box office pie, although this movie makes one thing perfectly clear: She's a pretty woman, but she's no working girl.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 16, 2002
It's a charming romantic fantasy.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 13, 2002
A lovably old-school Hollywood confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 13, 2002
Little more than a bedtime story for 12-year-old girls.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 13, 2002
It's a warm, if pallid, romantic comedy that may not do much more to burnish Lopez's reputation, but will certainly not bruise it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 13, 2002
The movie would almost qualify as pleasant, were it not for a certain condescension in its treatment of working-class life and its offhand assumption that lives not buoyed by riches or aggrandized by fame are hardly worth living.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2002
This sparkling Cinderella tale provides the additional kick of watching the glass slipper crack through the glass ceiling.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 13, 2002
Alternately politically correct and confusingly archaic, with a devastating lack of romantic connection between its two stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 13, 2002
A skillful, glossy, formula picture, given life by the appeal of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 13, 2002
Doesn't get the job done, running off the limited chemistry created by Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez.
| Original Score: C+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 13, 2002
Maid in Manhattan proves that it's easier to change the sheets than to change hackneyed concepts when it comes to dreaming up romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 13, 2002
Executed by The Joy Luck Club's Wayne Wang with the professional dispatch of someone delivering room service.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 13, 2002
A Cinderella story so formulaic you'll be looking for a glass slipper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 13, 2002
Made-to-order for the singer-actress's target audience, preteen girls and their obliging moms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 13, 2002
Jennifer Lopez has star power, genuine talent and considerable assets, but she's wasted yet again in a grossly predictable romantic comedy.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 13, 2002
If you think that Jennifer Lopez has shown poor judgment in planning to marry Ben Affleck, wait till you see Maid in Manhattan.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 13, 2002
Trite, banal, cliched, mostly inoffensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 13, 2002
In general the picture is so committed to inoffensiveness and to hammering home its uplifting, bootstrap message that it lacks the necessary element of malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 13, 2002
Painless date movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2002
As saccharine as it is disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
December 13, 2002
So brisk is Wang's pacing that none of the excellent cast are given air to breathe.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 13, 2002
Maybe this is why the movie isn't any good. Entertaining isn't its main function. It's designed to sell us a bill of goods.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 13, 2002
These two are generating about as much chemistry as an Iraqi factory poised to receive a UN inspector.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 13, 2002
You have never seen a leading man more cynically miscast, or more ill at ease with the intended career change, than Fiennes in this picture.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 13, 2002
A textbook example of light holiday fare, expect it to stick with you at least as long as one of J.Lo's marriages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
December 13, 2002
Maid in Manhattan might not look so appealing on third or fourth viewing down the road ... But as a high concept vehicle for two bright stars of the moment who can rise to fans' lofty expectations, the movie passes inspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 13, 2002
The sad truth is that as a couple J. Lo and Mr. Fiennes fail to duplicate the movie-star charisma of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2002
Everything in Maid in Manhattan is exceedingly pleasant, designed not to offend. It goes down easy, leaving virtually no aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 10, 2002
It's badly acted, blandly directed, and could have been scripted by someone who just graduated from elementary school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 5, 2002
[An] instantly discardable romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 2, 2002
The fantasies of Cinderella and the American dream are joined and buffed up for unsure romantic results.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2002
Maid in Manhattan has charm on its side.