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She's the One (1996)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

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This is the second film by actor/director Ed Burns, his first being The Brothers McMullen. The two Fitzpatrick brothers, Mickey (Ed Burns) and Francis (Mike McGlone), would appear to have little in common, as the older is a rather volatile cab driver, the younger is a very settled stockbroker. Just prior to the time of the film, Mickey, after a whirlwind romance, married Hope (Maxine Bahns), one of his passengers. Francis has been married to his lifelong sweetheart (Jennifer Aniston) for some


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Edward Burns

Oct 3, 2000

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (20) | DVD (12)

Burns manages to take on a laundry list of touchy issues in a relatively frank, unflinching manner. His characters retain their dignity and integrity without false dramatic redemption. It's a true adult saga.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A bland, so-so romantic comedy without the charm to see it through.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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She's the One isn't slick, smooth or particularly good, and it offers only a perfunctory exploration of the human heart.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Edward Burns returns to the themes of family and love that he examined in The Brothers McMullen.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Sadly, the 28-year-old Irish auteur from New York lost his footing while stepping up the Hollywood food chain. Slickness set in.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Burns emphatically avoids sophomore slump with an inviting, ruefully funny film that lives up to his initial promise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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She's The One is carefully observed, well-made, enjoyable, thought-provoking and even funny.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A pleasant package then, easy on the eye, and gently charming but, like The Brothers McMullen, one which places Burns as a comfortable rather than cutting-edge moviemaker.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A disappointing second feature from Ed Burns, the director of The Brothers McMullen.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Could be the best film Burns has ever done

July 23, 2008

Burns' follow-up to 1995's witty The Brothers McMullen continues his wry examination of Irish machismo and its growing irrelevance in the '90s.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Ninety minutes and nobody got hurt...just the way I like it.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Like Brothers McMullen-lite and that one was pretty minimal to begin with.

December 23, 2005

Burns doesn't let a larger budget and recognizable actors dilute his style.

May 26, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A nice and pleasant effort that gets Burns past his sophomore test.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A brilliant - and much misunderstood - romantic comedy

September 4, 2003
Aisle Seat

Terrible messages about relationships. Ed Burns is a mysoginist. But some laughs, could be worse.

July 14, 2003

Average. A letdown compared to Burns debut film.

May 28, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Sluggish and stiff run-of-the-mill romance comedy that clogs the heart more than it pumps anything remotely stimulating

May 24, 2003
Movie Eye

Although the characters are mostly attractive, and some funny things happen between them, most of the movie is given over to scenes of one character complaining to a second character about a third who is not present.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Lively romantic comedy with its incisive depiction of sibling rivalry and sexual politics.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

How well does Burns tread water? On the whole, acceptably.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for She's the One

Mr. Fitzpatrick: Let me get this straight. You don't want to cheat on your girlfriend with your wife? 

Like with the other Edward Burns movies I have seen, I'm sort of in the middle here. He definitely has some skills as a filmmaker, yet his movies seem to be missing something. She's the One is a decent Romantic Comedy. It's not your typical romcom and I like it for that. Burns kind of reminds me of a not as a great Woody Allen. He writes, directs and stars in all of his stuff, he deals with the same subjects in his movies and there is something about each scene that tells you it is a Burns movie. Now after just a few experiences of watching his movies I feel like I could see a scene from any of his movies and know right away it's his, just like with Woody Allen.

She's the One is a watchable and likable "comedy," although I think of it more as a drama. It just seems like a key piece of a great movie is missing here and it just drags the whole movie down. I want to like this so much more then I do. There's a lot to like and yet a lot to scoff at and say "What the hell?" 

I'll watch anything Burns does because he has a great skill that he hasn't totally realized yet. When he finds that last piece of the puzzle, it's going to be incredibly special.
September 7, 2011
Melvin White

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Watch it only for John Mahoney
September 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

She's The One is one of my favorite Ed Burns and Jennifer Aniston films. What a gem of a comedy that I have really enjoyed since originally watching it when released in 1996. I really like Ed Burns as an actor and this honest look into a set of brothers that deal with funny situations in NYC....if you want to see just one Ed Burns film this would be it!
January 26, 2008
Mason Williams

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