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The Perfect Man (2005)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 119

Preposterous and predictable, The Perfect Man manages few laughs with its poorly paced sitcom script, cookie-cutter characters and contrived plotting.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 34

Preposterous and predictable, The Perfect Man manages few laughs with its poorly paced sitcom script, cookie-cutter characters and contrived plotting.



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Teenager Holly Hamilton (Hilary Duff) is tired of moving every time her single mom Jean (Heather Locklear) has another personal meltdown involving yet another second-rate guy. To distract her mother from her latest bad choice, Holly conceives the perfect plan for the perfect imaginary secret admirer who will romance Jean and boost her shaky self-esteem. When the virtual relationship takes off, Holly finds herself having to produce the suitor, borrowing her friend's charming and handsome


Comedy, Romance

Gina Wendkos

Nov 1, 2005


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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (119) | DVD (14)

The movie is a toxic buzz of sweetness that Duff's teen gal fans might lap up, while all others suffer through a prolonged sugar fit.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The premise is patently ridiculous, but the target audience of 12-year-old girls will be too charmed by the genre requisites to care.

March 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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None of the leads convince or engage, and supporting characters are either gay stereotypes, routine little sisters or functional best friends.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Like a Nike commercial without a shot of the sneakers.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[The] situation is mined mostly for mild chuckles and tepid sentiment.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Perfect Man has a plot that turns sweet and charming Hillary Duff into a serial liar. She's not just telling little fibs. She's engaging in a prolonged and kind of mean practical joke on her mother.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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I kept steepling my hands and hiding behind them.

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Even ardent Hilary Duff fans will have a hard time swallowing this thoroughly dim-witted romantic comedy.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The intrigues are laboriously contrived, the film exudes disingenuous sentiments, and it has three happy endings -- one for Mum and one for each daughter.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Watching this unspeakably rubbish teen romcom is, to quote David Lodge's classic description of National Service, like a punishment for a crime you can't remember committing.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

[Hilary Duff movies] never do solve their one nagging flaw: Duff's characters are remarkably self-possessed for teens but not enough to recognize the sitcoms they inhabit.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Another month, another anodyne tween-com from Hilary Duff.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It all drags on at a leaden pace, broken up occasionally by a musical montage.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

I can't see anyone really enjoying this.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Hollywood cranks out another prosaic teen-girl-romantic-comedy from its bottomless cultural vacuum in this Hilary Duff vehicle that no non-female person over the age of 12 should suffer through.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

It's funny, poignant and the characters are appealing.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The sparkling charm which Duff once evinced has largely faded with familiarity and too many indifferent projects.

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

The Perfect Man, starring Hilary Duff, isn't very good. The problem is how to critique it without taking the obvious cheap shots at its likable but over-exposed young star.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Many scenes from the previews aren't in the film -- a telltale sign of desperate last-minute tampering.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The occasional one-liner is wasted amid a sea of clichés and preposterous situations in this Duff vehicle that forgot to put the romance in romantic comedy.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Keeping the ruse going involves gifts and notes of the "just missed you" variety.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

With an emphasis on wacky misunderstandings and situations, the film has all the complexity of a sitcom (a thoroughly mediocre sitcom at that).

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Excuse me, but who are these people?

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Man

April 21, 2014

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Really enjoyed this film! A great feel good film!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Really sweet little movie aimed at teen and tween girls. I have to admit to a soft spot for Hilary Duff's teen movies. By no means masterpieces, but nice little feel good stories that you can just enjoy if you are not in the mood for anything confronting. Hilary is extremely likeable onscreen and this one sees her trying to set her single mum, played by Heather Locklear, up with the uncle of her friend. I also enjoyed seeing Caroline Rhea (another guilty confession - I was a Sabrina fan! And not even that young at the time!).
June 15, 2010

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