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One for the Money (2012)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 52

Dull and unfunny, One For the Money wastes Katherine Heigl's talents on a stunningly generic comic thriller.


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 15

Dull and unfunny, One For the Money wastes Katherine Heigl's talents on a stunningly generic comic thriller.



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A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum's got plenty of attitude, even if she's been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding a recovery agent. True, she doesn't even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn't stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny's biggest


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Janet Evanovich

May 15, 2012


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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (52) | DVD (3)

An avalanche of grating big-hair-and-bad-accent New Joisey caricatures.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An ungainly mix of flat-footed gumshoeing and strained attempts at hilarity, all delivered with an unconvincing Joizy vibe.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The movie has the by-the-numbers efficiency of a decent TV series, and about as much flavor.

January 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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There have been notable exceptions, but Heigl tends to imbue her characters with an off-putting mix of insecurity and abrasiveness. This film is a prime example.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (4)
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I guess I can't call the movie sexist as it was largely produced, directed and written by women. So I'll settle for calling it dull, corny and amateurish instead.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (9)
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There is action of a sort -- a car blows up, shots are fired -- and what might pass for witty, sexy banter to someone who once overheard a conversation about an episode of Moonlighting.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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One doesn't need to have any familiarity with the Stephanie Plum novel series to immediately hear and see what an ill fit Katherine Heigl is for the role.

June 2, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Light and fluffy as a cupcake, Katherine Heigl's many talents are truly wasted in this story based on the first of eighteen best-selling Stephanie Plum novels.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Didn't Jennifer Aniston already do a bounty hunter movie? Talk about sloppy seconds.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (4)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

One For The Money is a paint-by-numbers chick-flick that'll make you laugh a few times but won't particularly enamour.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Apart from the three girls behind me constantly shifting their legs so that it made my otherwise empty row feel as if I was in an earthquake, One For The Money is an utterly lifeless, joyless experience.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Heigl deserves better than this.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (3)
The Ooh Tray

Ultimately, it's further proof that Katherine Heigl picks her projects by stapling all potential scripts to a wall and throwing a dart.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The film miscasts Heigl and doesn't do much good for Debbie Reynolds as Grandma, either.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Director Julie Anne Robinson never finds a convincing tone and ruins everything with over-emphatic comedy reaction shots and a music track that keeps telling us how funny everything is (it isn't).

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

As bland and flavourless as movies come. Please God, no Two For The Show!

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comments (2)
Little White Lies

Is there no stopping Katherine Heigl? Please.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

With yet another ho-hum run at the multiplexes, Katherine Heigl's big-screen resumé is fast looking like an insider's gag.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Comments (3)
The Sun Herald

Heigl's fine and there's some zingy dialogue, but the violence jars with the comedy and, despite being written and directed by women, it still comes off as needlessly sexist.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The supposedly feisty Plum keeps following the lead of the two hunky men in her life. Scrape off the Elmore-Leonard-lite scuzz, and this is just a retroinactive rom-com.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

...a second-rate and consistently worthless Out of Sight knockoff...

February 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

If the filmmakers can't be bothered to believe in the real-world implications of its premise, then why ever should we?

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Someday to be used in film schools as a textbook example of how not to adapt a best-selling novel for the screen, One for the Money is mis-cast, mis-scripted, and mis-directed in every category.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Comments (7)

Compared to someone like Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight, Stephanie is a total drip who needs to get her head on straight before she picks up a weapon again.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

There seem to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanoich. God save us if One for the Money catches on.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Another example of a so so movie standing in the shadow of an excellent book.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for One for the Money

Ermahgerd. I'd rather take a bath in propane surrounded by a buncha tiki torches, ya know? Full review at
March 22, 2013

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It was sweet ,I didn't find it that boring as the Critics said it's pretty good but just one time watch.
August 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

I think it's about time we all conduct an intervention for actress Katherine Heigl, whatever it takes to stop her from starring, and producing, such middling junk like One for the Money. Heigl plays a novice bounty hunter, a Jersey girl on hard times who is tracking down her ex-boyfriend for a big payday. Yes, it's essentially a gender reversal of the loathsome Jennifer Anniston movie, The Bounty Hunter, but at least this movie doesn't foster a forced romance. I give the movie some credit for presenting two potential love interests for Heigl and by film's end she's still on her own. Bravo. The rest of the movie, however, is all strictly by the book, including the colorful characters that Heigl seems to collect. One for the Money isn't particularly funny or particularly good. It also isn't particularly offensive; it's just the standard pap you expect from Heigl at this point. Here's a confession: I really, truly enjoy Heigl as an actress. She's terrific at comedy and has star-power charisma, and even in junk she's still effortlessly enjoyable to watch. This woman has talent, she just doesn't have taste when it comes to picking movie roles. Or maybe she's content with churning out a mediocre rom-com every year or so for her fans. I just wish Heigl would gain some confidence and bounce from the ghetto of rom-coms, or at least poorly written, blandly formulaic ones. She's taken the rom-com crown that once belonged to Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Sandra Bullock, but look to them as example. You will have to adapt or die, because eventually Hollywood will find the next Katherine Heigl and supplant the old one.

Nate's Grade: C
July 28, 2012
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

Kind of liked it, even though it's not a great movie. I thought they kept it fairly close to the book (though was relieved they kept Stephanie out of the oversized t shirts and Lycra pants!). The Ramirez attack parts were played down and not as scary as in the book, actually bits of it missing.
I thought Katherine Heigl did a good job as Stephanie. Having read the book, I think she got her across well.
I think this movie didn't do so well, so doubt there will be more, though it has renewed my interest in reading more of the series. The book has good characters, as does the movie, which is why I think the flat story works okay.
Not a bad adaptation.
June 24, 2012

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    1. Stephanie Plum: He looks like Michelangelo dipped the statue of David in caramel and strapped some heat on him.
    2. Stephanie Plum: Sure, I saw an old guy's twig and berries. But at least is bought me a meal that didn't come in a Lunchables box.
    – Submitted by Michael S (11 months ago)
    1. Joe Morelli: We're ancient history! Like the pyramids, baby!
    – Submitted by Michael S (11 months ago)
    1. Joseph Morelli: Catch me if you can Cupcake!
    – Submitted by Lucy P (15 months ago)
    1. Stephanie Plum: I'm naked.
    2. Ranger: I'm on my way.
    – Submitted by Sara B (2 years ago)
    1. Connie: How are you with the lowlife?
    – Submitted by Susan Stevens R (2 years ago)
    1. Stephanie Plum: Damn skippy!
    – Submitted by Eileen H (2 years ago)
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