She's Having a Baby Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2014
If She's Having a Baby were a funnier movie, if the fights were more cleverly written and Bacon and McGovern played them more deftly and lightly, it wouldn't have that unpleasant edge -- seesawing between romance and paranoia.

Empire Magazine
June 4, 2014
This plodding drama may have its heart in the right place but, along side a gaggle of similar angst-ridden Hughes dramas of the period, fails to stand out amongst the crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 4, 2014
[The film] assumes that boys will be boys but that the mystical act of fatherhood will make a man of you. Trouble with She's Having a Baby is, Hughes believes this without feeling obliged to develop it dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Film4
June 4, 2014
Director Hughes' effort to follow his teenagers into adulthood only results in cardboard cut-outs.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 4, 2014
It's a measure of how little maneuvering room the movie leaves its performers that a lovely, sensitive actress like Elizabeth McGovern makes virtually no impression.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
June 4, 2014
She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2014
McGovern manages to fare better with the cliches thrown at her than Bacon does; but neither has a prayer of scoring at a game whose rules and players might have been dreamed up by a computer.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 4, 2014
Bacon`s character is such a chronic complainer than we wonder why McGovern doesn't dump him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Juan Carlos Coto
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 4, 2014
As for Bacon and McGovern, it`s sad to see these usually energetic performers labor through a tired script, rarely getting a chance to deliver.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 4, 2014
Hughes instead falls back on the easy jokes, hip music, and superficial character studies that have obscured the basic viability of all his work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
June 4, 2014
Hughes is simply doing what they tell you the first day of creative writing class: write about what you know. And he's doing it with both craft and a good deal of emotional honesty.

People Magazine
June 4, 2014
Like the couple he chronicles, Hughes seems to be profiting from the maturation process.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
June 4, 2014
Director John Hughes tries his best to give everything a sparky, pacey feel, but the end result is simply just not funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 2, 2011
So very little works in She's Having a Baby that it's easiest just to grouse on how petty and little-minded and pro-conformity it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
In the lead role, Kevin Bacon is enthusiastic and believable, but even his energy can't carry what boils down to a fairly limp story.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 11, 2006
A rare failure from filmmaker John Hughes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Taking his erstwhile teen lovers into young adulthood, marriage and parenthood, John Hughes fashions a curiously disaffected portrait of the artist as a frustrated chauvinist.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2004
Deals with a husband who just doesn't want to grow up and face his responsibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
The Hughes formula at its thinnest.
| Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2003
It should have been the movie where Hughes got Oscar nominations; the Academy weren't going to award his comedies, but here is where he showed he could branch out and grow up.
| Original Score: 4/4
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