• 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

David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 16, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 13, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 13, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Monster-in-Law is a comedy without laughs and a catfight without claws.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Back to screenwriting school for somebody.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Poor Jennifer Lopez. Despite star billing, she is but a spectator at Fonda's fireworks show.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a one-joke movie, but we keep laughing because of the way the stars keep telling the joke.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The phrase 'chewing the scenery' never made much sense to me (is this a phrase used in normal human conversation? Ever?), but I know it when I see it. And Jane Fonda gnaws it to the bone in Monster-in-Law.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Turns out Jane has come back to make a 95-minute mother-in-law joke. Scratch that, now I'm exaggerating. A joke is funny. A joke has rhythm and structure and timing and a punch line. This, by all evidence, is no joke.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 13, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Fluff has it's place, and it's awfully good to see feel-the-burn Jane back in action, unrepentant and laughing at herself and the world.

| Original Score: B-

May 13, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Had the script paid more attention to its characters' emotional details, this Monster could have been a ball.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Monster-in-Law, is only saved -- by the skin of its teeth -- by co-stars, Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

May 13, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Monster-in-Law has a hard enough time justifying its antagonist's monstrosity.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie promises us a catfight. Instead it gives us mewling kittens.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Yet another decently made but utterly forgettable comedy.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A comedy so inconsequential it might not pass muster as a network sitcom.

| Original Score: D+

May 13, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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To boost this movie's rating to 'worth seeing' would make me feel like a publicist or simply a dope.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

May 13, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Monster-in-Law is first and foremost a triumphant comeback for Fonda, whose acting chops complement a presence that puts most of today's stars to shame.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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It repeatedly falls to Fonda to sell the movie's wheezy concept of the mother-in-law as battle-ax. And like any trouper attempting go-for-broke comedy for the first time at her age, she holds nothing back.

| Original Score: 1/4

May 12, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Monster-in-Law proves that the once intense Ms. Fonda is capable of laughing at the world in general and herself in particular.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

May 12, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Lopez is treacly sweet to Fonda and finally attempts some tepid revenge about two-thirds of the way through. But too late: We've lost interest.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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This Monster is ultimately one flat-footed beast.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 12, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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What do socio-economic differences, career discrepancies, basic incompatibilities and a teenage wardrobe on a thirtysomething matter when there are movie tickets to sell?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

May 12, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Monster-in-Law fails the Gene Siskel Test: 'Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?'

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

May 12, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Monster-in-Law proves two things: Jane Fonda can still act and Jennifer Lopez still can't.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic

May 12, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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A slapstick chick-flick that flirts with a real theme before degenerating into the tale of two women playing sadistic tricks on each other.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 12, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Jane Fonda returns to the big screen in a comedy so one-dimensional and craven that it makes Meet the Parents look avant-garde.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Monster-in-Law, where Bridezilla meets Godzilla, is a comedy so anemic, so toxic, that even Dracula wouldn't bite.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Forgettable fluff.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 12, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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If the screening I attended is anything to go by, this is a gay men's movie whose primary function is to doll Fonda up like a drag queen and let her rip.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 12, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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This shrill, undermotivated, feature-length catfight between Jennifer Lopez's demure prospective bride and Fonda's unhinged prospective mother-in-law makes sure to underline, boldface and exclamation-point every plot turn and line of dialogue.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 12, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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For all the frenzied (and badly staged) I Love Lucy-style slapstick, the movie's core conflict is just a marketing concept, a fluffy showcase of dueling auras with nothing much at stake and nothing really imperiled.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Why Fonda chose this embarrassing project for her first film in 15 years is, as they say, a puzzlement. She's the best thing in it; at times, it seems she's the only thing in it.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D+

May 12, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This isn't a very smart movie, rattling along as it does in the bright, superficial, meaninglessly expert way of too many modern romantic comedies -- and definitely of too many Jennifer Lopez comedies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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I know Monster-in-Law is just a slapstick comedy, but is it too much to expect the characters to exhibit routine intelligence?

May 11, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Fonda joins a select sorority of mature, serious actresses made silly by the movies.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 11, 2005
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Essentially Meet the Parents redux with Fonda in the scarifying De Niro role.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The experience of viewing this movie represents a one-way ticket into tedium and a forced 90-minute imprisonment with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, both of whom give performances that can charitably be called cringe-inducing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 8, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A deeply dispiriting movie, not just because it is grindingly bad but because Jane Fonda actually chose this for her comeback after a 15-year absence from the screen.

May 6, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Knockabout comic is just the latest incarnation in Fonda's life so far. Let her rip.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2005
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