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Monster-in-Law (2005)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 137

While Jane Fonda steals the movie in her return to the screen, a tired script and flimsy performances make this borderline comedy fall flat.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 38

While Jane Fonda steals the movie in her return to the screen, a tired script and flimsy performances make this borderline comedy fall flat.



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It's not unusual to see two women fighting over the same man in a movie, only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this broad comedy. While Charlotte Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez), known to her friends as Charlie, has never had much luck in her love life, one day her ship arrives in a big way when she meets Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan), a doctor who is charming, handsome, and wealthy. Kevin also has a famous mother, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), who has enjoyed a long


Comedy, Romance

Richard LaGravenese, Anya Kochoff

Aug 30, 2005


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All Critics (174) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (137) | DVD (22)

This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.

May 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Fonda and Sykes are made for each other, and their incessant bickering and arguing are about the only things that give Monster-in-Law any life.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source:
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Trust me, Monster-in-Law not only makes more sense as an Unforgiven-ish parable of old-school Hollywood feminism's wrath, it's worlds more fun.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's a crude, obvious comedy, which occasionally clunks, but it's often very funny, as well as being a really shrewd bit of popular entertainment.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Fonda is terrific playing the mess that is Viola. Her introduction tells you everything you need to know about her: after learning she has been fired she attacks a vacuous Britney Spears clone on air. It never reaches that kind of mean-spirited fun again.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

The catfight battle between Fonda and Lopez barely reaches a simmer before all is forgiven and the audience is dismissed from their seats.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

For a revenge comedy to work, the villain should be so despicable that you relish those moments when the victim turns the tables and gets even. This flick is misleading because the title character is not really mean, but rather a sympathetic figure.

June 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

In the American tradition of diva moms from hell.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

In this casting match-up, Lopez is totally outclassed.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

For such a rich premise, Kochoff produced a fairly lackluster script.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's nice to see Jane Fonda back on screen. One just wishes it were in a better picture.

October 7, 2005

You've got the makings of one royally uninspired comedy and utterly generic Hollywood mess.

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source:

Graças a este filme, descobri um fato fascinante: um garçom sempre terá impulsos incontroláveis de servir as pessoas, mesmo quando for apenas um convidado em uma festa.

August 12, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Forget that boring subplot about getting married. This movie is a no-holds-barred catfight between the world's most psychotic mom and the pop star audiences most love to hate.

June 15, 2005 Full Review obnoxious romantic comedy that takes every stereotype about pushy in-laws and morphs them into a practically unbearable mix of broad slapstick and shrill bickering.

June 14, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...great when it was called "The Wedding Planner."

June 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Broomfield Enterprise
Broomfield Enterprise

The nastier comedy that Monster-in-Law demands is a bad fit for [Luketic].

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

the romance is not interesting; the catfights at least have some potential

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

we've got a halfway decent little comedy...

May 21, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

A banal and lukewarm slice of romantic comedy and family histrionics.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's a real hunger to Fonda's performance, an anything-can-happen quality that's more exciting than a thousand polished star turns.

May 20, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

As comebacks go, Monster-in-Law may do for Fonda what the Empire State Building did for King Kong.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

...feels like some rejected TV sitcom pilot with its inane one-joke premise about fussing females and their trivial tirades...a clueless and contrived concoction

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Audience Reviews for Monster-in-Law

Harmless piece of fluff. The best thing about it is the location, really beautiful to look at. Story is a bit predicable and no real laughs, but pleasant enough use of two hours on a boring weekend.
December 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

Bad return of Jane Fonda to the cinema. Monster-in-Law have a terrible and tired script. A poor work of Richard LaGravenese. Rotten.
June 23, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Some of the scenes were funny between Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. But, sadly just another average chick flick where you know the ending by the start of the film.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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An ok comedy with a good cast line up. It has quite a few funny scenes, one of the better family related comedies.
June 17, 2011

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