• PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Robert Luketic
    In Theaters:
    May 13, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2005
  • New Line Cinema


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Monster-in-Law Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

April 8, 2011
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

June 20, 2009
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 1/4

June 20, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

In the American tradition of diva moms from hell.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

May 11, 2007
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

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

| Original Score: 1/4

November 2, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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

| Original Score: C

October 7, 2005
David Cornelius

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

August 29, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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.

| Original Score: 1/5

August 12, 2005
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 15, 2005
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...an 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.

Full Review

June 14, 2005
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

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

Full Review Source: Broomfield Enterprise

June 6, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

May 24, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2005
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

| Original Score: 2/5

May 21, 2005
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 21, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

May 19, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...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

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

May 18, 2005
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