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.
Fonda, who returned to movies after a 15-year absence only to find herself facedown in a plate of tripe, handles her on-screen humiliation with considerable grace.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
In any case, the news here is not the movie but the movie star. Jane Fonda is back, and let's hope the movies can figure out how to plant her somewhere she can flourish.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
[Sykes] can get a little nasty for the sake of a joke - something Lopez and Fonda, protective of their images, aren't willing to do.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
If Fonda is partly suited to her role, Jennifer Lopez is not at all suited to hers.
Fonda dives headlong into the comic mayhem of her role, and yet maintains the style and grace and gravitas of a major Hollywood diva.
| Original Score: 6/10
Like Knott's Landing gone Defcon Five, with Fonda and Lopez in a Mega-Diva Catfight that involves such estro-centric issues as dress sizes and china patterns.
| Original Score: C
Back to screenwriting school for somebody.
| Original Score: 2/5
Monster-in-Law isn't a particularly good movie if what interests you is the art of film -- cinematography, editing, screenwriting, staging, little things like that.
| Original Score: B-
Jane Fonda came back from the dead, and Jennifer Lopez came back from Gigli to make the new comedy Monster-in-Law.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Poor Jennifer Lopez. Despite star billing, she is but a spectator at Fonda's fireworks show.
It's a one-joke movie, but we keep laughing because of the way the stars keep telling the joke.
It's a perfect comeback vehicle for a 67-year-old actress -- light, safe, undemanding and sure-to-be commercial. It is also a fairly tedious, stupid picture, but you can't have everything.
It lacks the meanness and vulgarity of much modern comedy (good) but fails to replace it with any meaningful insight or satire.
Without movie stars in the lead roles, these characters would be insufferably dull (in other words, they'd all be as vanilla as Vartan), and director Robert Luketic knows it.
Granted, Monster-in-Law is meant to be a laugh-fest, but it stoops very low and is too unkind to its actors in its pursuit of laughs.
Monster-In-Law has a stupid script, sure, but you'd think somebody would have had the courtesy to tell Lopez the picture was a comedy.