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Man Trouble (1992)

tomatometer

7

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 28

Man Trouble has brilliant stars and the germ of an interesting idea in its favor, which makes the scattered, unfunny results even more of a disappointment.

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

Man Trouble has brilliant stars and the germ of an interesting idea in its favor, which makes the scattered, unfunny results even more of a disappointment.

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 2,437

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Movie Info

Actor Jack Nicholson, writer Carole Eastman, and director Bob Rafelson re-team 22 years after their classic Five Easy Pieces, for this romantic comedy. Nicholson plays Harry Bliss, a small potatoes security expert unhappily married to a Japanese woman (he sarcastically calls her Iwo Jima during therapy sessions). Harry's life is coming apart at the seams -- not only is his marriage on the rocks, but the IRS and assorted creditors are nipping at his heels. Then opera singer Joan Spruance (Ellen

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Carole Eastman

Dec 14, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (28)

A stunning disappointment considering the talent involved.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A jaw-dropping Hollywood disaster of Hudson Hawk proportions.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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There was reportedly a great deal of argument and dissent during the making of the film, and it is reflected in its erratic tone and slovenly, indecisive and increasingly incoherent narrative.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a lazy-looking movie, amiable and smart, but so fuzzy, in its imagery and structure, that it suggests the sun is getting to everybody, that they all need a dip in the pool.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Rafelson, an accomplished screenwriter, seems unable, or unwilling, to give any shape to this mess.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is actually a pretty clever idea, and it's certainly ambitious -- too ambitious.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It's not just bad, it's rancid.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Nicholson is as reliably watchable as ever, but is unable to find anything inspired in Carole Eastman's unbelievably unfunny script, while the hapless Barkin is hopelessly at sea as a pathetic squealing pancake.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Two capable stars, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin, lose their luster in this misfired comedy.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Man Trouble is abysmally amateurish from start to finish, never making any kind of sense on any level at any time during its running time.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is all the sadder since director Bob Rafelson, screenwriter Carole Eastman and Nicholson were the moving forces behind Five Easy Pieces, one of the best movies of the early '70s.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Proof that even the most talented actors - in this case, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin -- can make bad choices and turn in mediocre performances in a below-par film.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Any comedy with Jack Nicholson has automatically got to be great, right? Think again.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This romantic comedy is a bow wow.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sad reunion for director Bob Rafelson and actor Jack Nicholson, considering their brilliant collaboration on Five Easy Pieces.

January 17, 2008
KPBS.org

A forgetable romantic comedy where Nicholson tries to coast on his bad boy charm.

November 5, 2003
Nitrate Online

Obviously intended to be a bright and breezy romantic-comedy thriller, it ends up a mangy old mutt of a movie thanks to a charmless script and disastrous casting decisions.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Man Trouble

How could a pairing of Nicolson and Barkin go wrong? I don't think you want to know.
July 17, 2008
threefolddado

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Great!
May 11, 2008
iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

    1. Harry Bliss: These guys look upon a woman as an object, but I look upon a woman as a whole. [Jack Nicholson as Harry Bliss]
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
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